Cycling So Far: Ruta del Sol and Volta ao Algarve 3: Gatto and Cancellara

Another sprint in La Ruta del Sol: 157.9 km from Monachil to Padul including Alto del Lucero, Alto de Los Bermejales, Puerto del Legionario and Puerto del Valle. Not sure about the pushing but as far as the sprinting Oscar Gatto won on Ben Wift, who's the new race leader.

In the Volta ao Algarve Fabian Cancellara won the itt with a superb performance on Tony Martin who took the Jersey.

Ruta del Sol

Damiano Caruso:
"It was a big battle on the climb to get the points and get this jersey. It was a good day for me. We had a good breakaway but there were too many people who wanted to win today so eventually we knew that we would be caught before the end of the stage. Tomorrow we have the ITT so I'll try and perform well again there, and then on Sunday for the final stage I'll be focusing on defending the KOM jersey."

Tejay van Garderen:
"I'm feeling really good. We've had three good tests but the real tests are to come with the ITT and the summit finish so that will reveal a lot more. We have some important time trials coming up this year so tomorrow will be a good course for my first time trial of the season," van Garderen said.
Volta ao Algarve

Fabian Cancellara:

"I felt good and powered everything on the road. The race was one-quarter technical in the first part and three-quarters with more power straights. A lot of wind, tail-wind and cross-wind; it was a really tough one. After yesterday's hard stage I did not have a huge crazy expectation of going for the win. I knew I started early, and with Martin and Thomas starting so late… so I just focused on myself, on my performance. I did my usual warm-up, and I had good feelings on the trainer, and in this situation, with my experience, I knew with these feelings that I was good, and mentally this helped me. 
I don't know, I really just powered everything out. I was going 70km/h on certain parts of the course back to the finish. I don't know if you can say I calculated the pace; I knew it was going to be a 21-minute race, and I just gave it all knowing what the effort would be. When you have good feelings, and you know that you are going fast, then when you also hear from the car from Dirk [Demol, director] in the radio  – and they know me so well – that helped me to power out even more, and this is also what is important. I don't say I was flying home, but I was powering home. It is the second victory for Cancellara this year, another positive sign ahead of the cobbled Classics where he will strive to finish his career on top and make amends for a crash-marred 2014 that caused him to miss the entire spring campaign. I don't say that today's win gives me more confidence because the confidence I need is more from races like Tirreno-Adriatico because this will show me that I am in the right way. There is still some work to do; next week I will take a small rest and move on again with Strade [Bianche] and Tirreno. I still need more, because I need to compete with the others who have been racing in Qatar and Oman. I am just enjoying riding my bike, riding the races, and this makes me feel relaxed. To take another win on top is super cool for myself and super nice for the team and for the motivation for everyone."

Tony Martin:
"I am happy with my performance, but not so content with the result. It was pretty hard today with the headwind, but I'm not looking for excuses. Fabian was stronger, and that's that. I now look towards tomorrow and helping Marcel. After that, we'll sit down and talk about the last day. Of course, I want to keep the yellow jersey now, but it won't be easy, as there are many top riders here. Still, I am confident, because I have a very strong team, and we'll just see how things will pan out on the final day."

Victor Campenaerts:
"9th in #TT #VoltaAlgarve happy with this result! Tomorrow #sprint with @GroenewegenD ! @LottoJumbo_road #oneTEAM"
“I was aiming for a spot in the top-10 and I reached that,” Campenaerts added. “It was a good time trial, not superb, but you’re not able to perform exceptional every day. I may have lost some time in the beginning of the race. In that technical part of the time trial, I was only thinking about not crashing, probably because of my crash in Valencia’s time trial. I was too cautious. I have a good feeling about this result regardless. With all the wind from the side, it was something for riders who have experience in the spring classics. Cancellara has a stronger body than I have.”

Alex Dowsett:
"Not a bad first Tt of the year, sit and wait time."


Ruta del Sol
1 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff 3:51:17
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 3 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
4 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
6 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC
7 Simon Geschke (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC
9 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
10 Mateo Busato (Ita) Southeast
1 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
2 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
Volta ao Algarve
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 0:20:57
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:05
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:29
4 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:37
5 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
6 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:38
7 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 0:00:41
8 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:51
9 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:52
10 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:55
11 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:00:57
12 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:02
13 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:01:04
14 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:05
15 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 0:01:06
16 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 0:01:07
17 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
18 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:08
19 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
20 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:09
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 9:22:17
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:03
3 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:20
4 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:45
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:47
6 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:52
7 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 0:00:59
8 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:04
9 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:01:05
10 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:01:07

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