News: Volta Algarve

Amaro Antunes wins final stage whilst Primož Roglič wins the overall at the Volta Algarve in Portugal

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News: Volta Algarve

Primoz Roglic (Lotto NL Jumbo) won the Volta ao Algarve overall classification after finishing fifth on the final climb, just behind his biggest challenger Michal Kwiatkowski. Stage winner was Amaro Antunes.

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Roglic “We did it perfectly, at the beginning of the race we controlled the pack and on the climb, it was up to me,” said Roglic, who called it a team win. “In the final, I had three team-mates with me, but on the climb, it was every man for himself.”

On the final climb, the Alto de Malhão, the peloton caught the lead group and it was a battle between the GC riders. Kwiatkowski attacked, but Roglic followed. In the last hundred meters, Portuguese Manuel Antunes attacked and took the stage win. Kwiatkowski placed fourth with Roglic in his wheel. Roglic retained 22-second lead and gave the main sponsors, Lotto, Jumbo and BrandLoyalty their second overall classification victory.

“It was tough, but it was for everyone,” he continued. “We fought, but we did it.” Roglic will celebrate and tomorrow start preparing for Strade Bianche and the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race. He hopes to win again soon, especially in Tirreno-Adriatico. “It’s wait and see what the future brings. I want to be good in the time trials, but also in the mountains. I hope to win more races like this one.”

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Michal Kwiatkowski: “I’m really happy with the week. I didn’t expect to finish on the podium because I’ve taken a slightly easier approach to the start of this season but in the end I was right in the mix for the win. It was all or nothing today,” continued Kwiato. “We gave it everything, but hats off to Roglic. He’s been very impressive this week”.

“We took control of the race after the first ascent of the Malhao and we wanted to win the stage, but we can’t have any complaints. I’m really happy with the work everyone did this week – the riders and the staff. Next up for me is Strade Bianche – I’m really looking forward to it now.”
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Stage
1. Amaro Antunes, Manuel W52/FC Porto
2. Vicente Garcia de Mateos, Louletano – Hospital de Loulé :12
3. Tiesj Benoot, Lotto Soudal
4. Michal Kwiatkowski, Team Sky 0:15
5. Primož Roglič, Team LottoNL-Jumbo
6. Rinaldo Nocentini, Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira
7. Jaime Roson, Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 2
8. Luis Sanchez, LeonAstana Pro Team 1
9. Tony Gallopin, Lotto Soudal
10. David De La Fuente, Louletano – Hospital de Loulé

11. Daniel Martin, Quick-Step Floors 0:20
80. Scott Thwaites, Dimension Data 5:31
97. Tao Geoghegan Hart, Team Sky 7:17
153. Ryan Mullen, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team

GC
1. Primož Roglič, Team LottoNL-Jumbo20015019:04:03
2. Michal Kwiatkowski, Team Sky1501100:22
3. Tony Gallopin, Lotto Soudal125900:55
4. Luis Leon Sanchez, Astana Pro Team100800:59
5. Amaro Manuel Antunes W52/FC Porto 85701:29
6. Daniel Martin, Quick-Step Floors70601:36
7. Jonathan Castroviejo, Movistar Team60551:40
8. Tiesj Benoot, Lotto Soudal50501:42
9. Rinaldo Nocentini, Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira40451:56
10. Edgar Pinto,. LA Alumínios-Metalusa

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