Ruta del Sol: It's a Red Shining Big Sun for Team Sky

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...as Chris Froome secured his Red Jersey of race leader.
It took relatively few: controlling the last stage avoiding dangerous breaks and any gap. Easily done and dusted.
Lobado won the last sprint and then... FIESTA!!!!

Chris Froome:
"So happy and relieved to have held onto this jersey today! Great start to the year.. thank you team #61RdS"
“It wasn’t as easy as I’d imagined and the racing was full on today. It was windy, but I’m really happy with how the guys performed out there – they supported me all the way through and I’m delighted to get this win for them.
It couldn’t have gone any better for us out here, and this win’s special as it’s my first race of the season. That said, I still have a lot to build on as we head towards the Tour de France. I want to stay on this path, staying healthy and injury-free, and gradually building my form.
No win comes easily – you have to work for them – and I’m grateful to my wife, and my team for helping to get me in this position. It’s such a privilege to have that infrastructure behind me.
This week’s been a huge moral boost for everyone in the team, not just here but in the Algarve as well. Richie winning yesterday and Geraint taking the GC has given us all a great buzz. We’re doing really well and hopefully we can build on that heading into this next phase of racing.”

Alberto Contador:
“I’m pleased with the progression of my shape. Actually, I’m a bit surprised to be at this level at this part of the early season. I’m not too far in my preparations, but I see my performance on the stage that I won and in the time trial as a sign that I’m ready to reach for my main season objectives. 
Two seconds separated me from the win, but today there was little I could do to take back time on Froome. But the most important aspect is that my preparations for my main objectives are going perfect. It wouldn't have changed anything if I had won, as we still need to prepare for the next goals with the same concentration no matter what.
We have done our best every day and projected a good image as a team. I want to thank all of my teammates for their work, they have been incredible pulling at the front and supporting me”.



1 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team 3:48:56  
2 John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:01  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:02  
4 Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
5 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal
1 Chris Froome (GBr) Sky 21:21:14  
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:02  
3 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar 0:02:38  
4 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Sky 0:03:05  
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale 0:03:13  

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