Marc Soler won the second stage of the Vuelta a España ©Getty Images

Marc Soler earned a home victory on the second stage of the Vuelta a España - his first stage win at a Grand Tour.

The Spaniard staged a late solo attack to finish the hilly 151.6-kilomtre route in 3 hours 47min 4sec. 

"I’m very happy because we're racing on home roads," Movistar rider Soler said, as reported by Cycling News

"This was a stage we really wanted to win and we’d studied the roads this week. 

"This is my first win in a Grand Tour and I’m very happy about that. 

"It pays us back for all the hard work done during what has been a very difficult year - it’s great for all the team and I can only thank them for their support."

Primož Roglič of Slovenia, who won the opening stage, was 19 seconds off the pace to finish second and successfully defend the red jersey.

In third was Daniel Martin of Ireland. 

Roglič came agonisingly close to winning the Tour de France earlier this year, but finished second.

Competition is scheduled to continue tomorrow with the third stage.

Riders are set to complete a 166.1km route from Lodosa to La Laguna Negra in Vinuesa.