Algarve: Amaro Antunes wins stage, Roglic takes overall victory
Feb 19 2017 05:56 pm CET

Algarve: Amaro Antunes wins stage, Roglic takes overall victory
Algarve: Amaro Antunes wins stage, Roglic takes overall victory
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VOLTA AO ALGARVE EM BICICLETA

Portuguese Manuel Amaro Antunes of W52/FC Porto has won the last stage of the 2017 Volta ao Algarve. The rider attacked in the last kilometer, managing to get his first victory with his current team. Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo won the overall classification.

The last stage of the Portuguese race was 179.2 kilometers long between Loule and Alto do Malhão and it started with some echelons that caused a break in the main group.

These conditions were good for 21 riders that together formed the front of the race and managed to create a gap of more than three minutes with the main bunch. Riders like Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Benjamin King (Dimension Data) and Dries Devenys (Quick-Step Floors) were part of the lead group for most of the stage.

A main bunch led by Team Sky set a higher pace in order to catch the escapees before the last ascent to the Malhão. Meanwhile, the front group started breaking up and Jose Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin), Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-hansgrohe), Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Ben King and Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) momentarily took the lead.

King tried his luck with about 10 kilometers to go but just before the last ascent some of his fellow escapees caught up with him including Raul Alarcon (W52/FC Porto), Devenyns, Oscar Gatto (Astana), Gonçalves, Maurits Lammertink (Katusha-Alpecin) and Schwarzmann.

At two kilometers from the finish, the peloton caught the lead group and started the last ascent as a compact bunch. There were some attempts to attack but the only successful rider to do so was Manuel Amaro Antunes of W52/FC Porto, who got his first victory for the continental team.

Vicente de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loule), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Roglic completed the top five of the day.

LottoNL-Jumbo's Roglic, who took the lead in the general classification after the third stage, successfully defended his position.
Photo Primoz Roglic (cropped) by LottoNL-Jumbo team





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