Tour of Algarve: Stage 1 for Gaviria

Fernando Gaviria and André Greipel go man-o-man on stage 1 of the Tour of Algarve with the Quickstep rider winning round 1

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Tour of Algarve: Stage 1 for Gaviria

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 © Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team/ Tim De Waele 

A double stage victor at the Vuelta a San Juan in January, Fernando Gaviria kept the momentum going in his first European outing of the season, the star-studded Volta ao Algarve. The race began on Wednesday with a 182.9km-long stage between Albufeira and Lagos, a town which was returning to the race after a six-year hiatus, and the sprinters were expected to come into the spotlight at the finish.

Five riders made it into the day’s break, and Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team was among the squads to control the group which at one point had eight minutes in hand. The peloton gradually brought the quintet back, with the last man in the escape getting caught inside the final 25 kilometers, as the tension began to build up on the streets of Lagos in anticipation of the bunch sprint which was going to deliver the first overall leader of the race.

Maximiliano Richeze moved to the front in the last kilometre and stretched out the peloton, forcing the other teams to pick up the pace. Fernando Gaviria – which proves with every occasion that he’s a talent of a generation – kept an eye on his rivals and decided to open his sprint 170 meters from the line.

 © Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team/ Tim De Waele 

André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) tried to respond to the Colombian’s fantastic acceleration, but couldn’t come around him, and at the end of the day Fernando celebrated his third win of the season.

The victory garnered several trips to the podium for the 22-year-old, who now leads three classifications at the 43rd Volta ao Algarve – general, points and youth – with Quick-Step Floors topping the team standings.

“I am very happy, because I just came back from Colombia, where I worked really well, and this win shows this. It was a royal sprint, with some of the world’s fastest riders fighting for victory, and to beat them is really nice, especially as the wind was pretty strong out there. A big thanks to the team, because they were perfect and did a superb job today”, said Fernando, who had an extra reason to be happy after the opening stage of the Portuguese race.

“Yesterday I made a bet with Davide Bramati, who promised that if I win a stage here, then I get green light to line up at the National Championships on February 26th. I’m delighted to have won this bet and get the ticket for Colombia. It would be a huge pride to wear this beautiful jersey at least once in my career and I hope it will happen this year”, a smiling Gaviria concluded after his maiden victory in Portugal. … continued after advert


Stage 1

1. Fernando Gaviria Quick-Step Floors
2. André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
3. Nacer Bouhanni, Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4. Dylan Groenewegen, Team LottoNL-Jumbo
5. John Degenkolb, Trek – Segafredo
6. Baptiste Planckaert, Team Katusha – Alpecin
7. Matteo Trentin, Quick-Step Floors
8. Andrea Pasqualon, Wanty – Groupe Gobert
9. Łukasz Wiśniowski, Team Sky
10. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Dimension Data

43. Alex Dowsett, Movistar Team
53. Mark Cavendish, Dimension Data
72. Hart Geoghegan, TaoTeam Sky
75. Scott Thwaites, Dimension Data
97. MartinDanielQuick-Step Floors
136. Stephen Cummings, Dimension Data
191. Ryan Mullen, Cannondale-Drapac Pro



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