2.19.2013

Volta Ao Algarve Sum Up

First consideration:  RSNT did pretty well in this short tour. 3 times on the podium, always in the stage top 5, a very good TT. But it fell short in the final results. That seems to be its problem but I'm confident they will able to work on it. Some guys there are more and more interesting (Nizzolo and Sergent). 
Second consideration: I got bored to enumerate names made obvious by results. Tony Martin is already/again a blast, Team Blanco looks already/again good (in many ways, ihih), Michal Kwiatkowski is more and more on our to-do list (cycling-ly!) and my favourite Rigoberto Uran is refining his shape (right given his goals). 

Third and most interesting consideration: who is SPRENGERS Thomas? He was in Lotto-Belisol U23 last year and in August 2011 debuted as a trainee in the pro team. But he has been not confirmed in 2013 and is riding for a profesional team, Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise. He had scored 4 points last year, basicly ending 7th in Circuit de Wallonie. According to http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/rider_palm.asp?riderid=18571&year=2012&all=1&current=0 his results in 2012 weren't bad at all for a neo-pro born in 1990. Here in Algarve he beated Cavendish at the sprint... I mean... there is potential, there isn't? It's a pity that different levels teams can't compete together more often. Anyway... I'll have a look about Sprengers in the next months
BTW He has got a site http://www.thomassprengers.be/

RESULTS
Stage 1
1 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 5:07:29
2 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard
3 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard
5 Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Stage 2
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 4:50:15
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard
3 Bruno Matos Sancho (Por) Carmim-Tavira
Stage 3
1 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 4:53:15
2 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:03
3 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:05
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
5 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard
6 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
7 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha
9 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:12
10 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
11 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:18
12 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:24
13 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:00:33
14 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
Stage 4
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:45:09
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:07
3 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:15
4 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:16
5 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:30
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 0:01:32
7 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:47
8 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
9 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:04
10 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:02:32
11 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:42
12 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:49
13 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:56
14 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:03:15
15 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:19
16 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:03:37
17 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:03:44
18 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:03:50
19 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
20 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:03:52
GC
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 15:36:26
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:58
3 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:59
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 0:01:21
5 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:01:26
6 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:30
7 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:40
8 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:45
9 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:53
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:31
11 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:43
12 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:47
13 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
14 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:04:09
15 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:04:12
16 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:04:14
17 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:30
18 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:45
19 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:04:54
20 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:04:59

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