Dylan Groenewegen victorious at Volta ao Algarve, Tadej Pogacar keeps GC lead
Feb 24 2019 03:00 am CET

Dylan Groenewegen victorious at Volta ao Algarve, Tadej Pogacar keeps GC lead
Dylan Groenewegen victorious at Volta ao Algarve, Tadej Pogacar keeps GC lead
Team Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Dylan Groenewegen has outsprinted Arnaud Demare and Jasper Philipsen at the fast finish of the fourth stage of the Volta ao Algarve.

The peloton faced a 198.3-kilometre route in the fourth stage of the Portuguese race. The escape of the day was formed by five riders and included names like Nikolay Mihaylov (Efapel), Fabio Costa (UD Oliveirense) and Oscar Pelegri (Vito-Feirense-PNB).

The front men were caught at the last ascent of the day at around 18 kilometres to go by a peloton led by teams like Groupama-FDJ and Jumbo-Visma, that were interested in a bunch sprint. Groenewegen suffered a mechanical in the last ten kilometres, but this didn't stop him or his team in his aspirations for a stage victory.

Mike Teunissen launched the Dutch sprinter in an excellent way and he finished it off by crossing the finish line ahead of Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare and UAE Team Emirates' Jasper Philipsen. "I am very pleased with this result," Groenewegen commented. "In the first stage we were very unlucky because of the crash, but today we took revenge.

"It was a stressful final because I had problems with my spoke eight kilometres from the finish. It was important not to panic and the team quickly brought me back. My teammates were really great and the lead out was very good. This is the yellow-black lead out that we want to see. If we can do this all season, it will be a great year. I am very grateful to the boys and happy that I was able to take my second win of the season here."

UAE Team Emirate's Tadej Pogacar crossed the finish line with the peloton and maintains the GC lead of the race with one stage to go. The last day of competition at the Volta ao Algarve will have a route of 173.5 kilometres that features three climbs of the third category and two of the second, including the mountain finish to Malhao.




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