Michal Kwiatkowski victorious in Volta ao Algarve
Feb 16 2018 01:15 am CET

Michal Kwiatkowski victorious in Volta ao Algarve
Michal Kwiatkowski victorious in Volta ao Algarve
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Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski has won the second stage of the Volta ao Algarve. Teammate Geraint Thomas took the overall lead.

The second of five stages gave the climbers something to look forward to, with a first-category ascent leading to the finish at the end of a 187.9km stage from Sagres to Foia.

The breakaway of the day was formed by Lukas Postlberger (Bora-hansgrohe), Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors), Benjamin King (Team Dimension Data), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Marcos Jurado (Efapel), Oscar Pelegri (Radio Popular-Boavista) and Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto).

The group got an advantage of more than seven minutes, after which the peloton decided that it was time to take things in its own hands. The lead quickly came down and the last remaining escapees, Postlberger and King, were caught at around ten kilometers from the line.

Not much later, a group of five attacked with Sepp Kuss, Philippe Gilbert, Simon Spilak, Vasil Kiryienka and new UAE Team Emirates signing Daniel Martin. Kiryienka set the highest pace in the newly formed lead group, which proved difficult for the others to keep up with.

Kiryienka went into time trial mode in an attempt to stay ahead of the reduced pack but it was a bit much to ask and the Team Sky rider was eventually caught with just over a kilometer to go.

In the sprint, it was Kiryienka's teammate Michal Kwiatkowski to power to victory ahead of Trek Segafredo's Bauke Mollema and another Sky rider, Geraint Thomas. Daniel Martin and Jaime Roson completed the top five.

As a result of his third place, Thomas jumps to the top of the standings and takes the leader's jersey at the expense of LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen.



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