2.21.2016

Volta ao Algarve 5

Pic by Juan Gutierrez Guti
Almost from the gun: a break-away already formed and after 20 km  Pellaud, Vorobyev, Groenewegen, Popovych, Barta, Mas, Kolobnev, Cardoso and Jiménez have 4'25" on the peloton that evidently let them go.
88 kms to go the gap is down to 2'45".
First passage on the line in Malhão and Tony Martin is dropped. The first from the break is Kolobnev, but the gap is quickly decreasing.
Indead, break caught. Now the peloton has to face the second ascent to Alto do Malhão.
15km to go, peloton compact. Aleksander Kolobnev has already won the King of Mountains' Jersey.

Last climb: Alberto Contador attacks! And wins. Simple. (NOT).
Geraint Thomas wins the overall.

Geraint Thomas: 

"Once Tony Martin got dropped first time up the climb the stage was all about defending that lead. Izagirre was the biggest threat after that and I just didn't get carried away when Contador and Rigo (Uran) attacked. I just followed Izagirre all the way until well into the last kilometre. I had a little dig myself but I kind of knew I had it by then.
The worst thing that could happen was to follow Contador, blow up and then maybe lose the race overall. It was just about playing it safe and finishing the job off. 
I knew the climb from last year and we do it twice in the race. So I knew the effort it involved and I just didn't want to get carried away and go into the red until necessary. It's been a big team effort and all week the boys have been great and supporting me all the way through.


It's always nice to be on the podium and get a win," he added. "I don't get to do it very often so I certainly enjoy that. It's definitely a good confidence booster now going into the last big block of training. I've got a big block of racing then with three big stage races and then three big one-days as well. Hopefully I can take something out of all that."


Alberto Contador:
"I knew I was coming to Portugal in good form. I hadn't raced since a number of months and on the second stage, I probably lacked a bit of energy in the final part, that's why I lost more time than I would have lost under normal conditions. For that reason, for me, today was an important day. I had the legs and I was feeling I could win. That's why the squad worked together with Movistar and we clinched the win. I'm very happy with this victory and I'd like to dedicate it to Oleg Tinkov and Tinkoff Bank for their backing and the trust they have shown through their sponsorship during the last four years. It's, obviously, easier to win when you have that kind of support. We will keep fighting, with our sights always set on the big goal of the year, the Tour de France.
I'd also like to thank the whole team for their hard work at the Volta ao Algarve, some days with no payout, but today we topped it off and grabbed the victory. I'm happy I stepped on the podium and as I said, the last time I raced was at the Tour de France last year, so it's always encouraging to debut with a victory. It boosts your confidence but at the same time we shouldn't rest on our laurels. We have to stay concentrated and deliver. My next goal is Paris-Nice, a race in which I last competed in 2010. I'll be back this year and I hope I'll be able to obtain a good result."


Primoz Roglic:
“I’m still struggling a little bit with positioning for climbs. My men protected me very well and I’m thankful. It became a mental fight in the end and I’m good at that. I just keep on telling myself that the finish line is close and that I must keep on giving everything I have. I’m very happy with the result I grabbed this week. This really motivates me.”


RESULTS
STAGE
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 4:24:47
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:20
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
4 Amaro Antunes (Por) La Aluminios/Antarte
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:28
6 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling
8 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:00:30
9 Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek-Segafredo
10 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
11 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
12 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team
13 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:00:40
14 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
15 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
16 Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:00:46
17 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
18 Joao Benta (Por) Louletano-Hospital de Loule
19 Henrique Casimiro (Por) Efapel 0:00:55
20 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky 0:01:00
FINAL GC
1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 18:34:15
2 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:26
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:32
5 Primož Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:49
6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:50
7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:03
8 Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM Cycling 0:01:04
9 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:25
10 Manuel Antures Amaro (Por) La Aluminios/Antarte 0:01:27
11 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 0:01:32
12 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ 0:01:37
13 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:01:54
14 Frank Schleck (Lux) TFR 0:02:21
15 Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:34
16 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:39
17 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:45
18 Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Veranclassic-Ago 0:03:27
19 Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:03:30
20 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:03:40
21 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:43
22 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:53
23 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:28
24 Daniel Mestre (Por) Efapel 0:04:32
25 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:04:35
26 Joao Benta (Por) Louletano - Hospital de Loule 0:04:37
27 Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:53
28 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:01
29 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Sporting/Tavira 0:05:03
30 Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth 0:05:50
31 Rui Vinhas (Por) W52/FC Porto 0:06:10
32 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:06:30
33 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:07:39
34 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:08:14
35 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 0:09:32
36 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Veranclassic-Ago 0:10:48
37 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:10:53
38 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:04
39 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky 0:11:13
40 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:11:20
41 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 0:11:42
42 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:43
43 Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista 0:11:46
44 Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:11:47
45 Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:11:51
46 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ 0:12:13
47 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team 0:12:23
48 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:12:40
49 Henrique Casimiro (Por) Efapel 0:12:47
50 César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista 0:12:56
51 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) TFR 0:13:28
52 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
53 Victor Etxebarria Carrasco (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista 0:13:49
54 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky 0:14:01
55 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ 0:14:19
56 David Belda Garcia (Spa) Team Roth 0:14:30
57 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:14:38
58 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team 0:15:13
59 Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:15:15
60 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Sporting/Tavira 0:15:42
61 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 0:16:22
62 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky 0:16:42
63 Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:17:13
64 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:17:46
65 Luis Fernandes (Por) Sporting/Tavira 0:17:50
66 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:18:34
67 Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth 0:18:52
68 Luis Afonso (Por) La Aluminios/Antarte 0:19:00
69 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 0:19:01
70 Hugo De Matos Sancho (Por) La Aluminios/Antarte 0:19:16
71 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:19:30
72 Nuno Alexandre Ferreira De Almeida (Por) Efapel 0:19:50
73 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:20:38
74 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 0:20:48
75 Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Sporting/Tavira 0:20:56
76 Matthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth 0:21:14
77 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling 0:21:19
78 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth 0:21:31
79 Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:35
80 David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:21:39
81 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) TFR 0:22:56
82 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team 0:24:22
83 Alvaro Trueba Diego (Spa) Efapel 0:24:39
84 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:25:41
85 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:26:04
86 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18 0:26:59
87 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:27:00
88 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:27:09
89 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:27:44
90 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:27:49
91 Jose Antonio De Segovia Botella (Spa) Louletano - Hospital de Loule 0:28:02
92 Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:28:26
93 Grégory Rast (Swi) TFR 0:29:16
94 Valter Pereira (Por) Sporting/Tavira 0:30:34
95 David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista 0:30:42
96 Rafael Silva (Por) Efapel 0:31:01
97 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ 0:31:09
98 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) TFR 0:31:18
99 Jóni Silva Brandão (Por) Efapel 0:31:19
100 Stijn Devolder (Bel) TFR 0:32:53
101 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18 0:32:55
102 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:33:09
103 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:33:58
104 Filipe Duarte Sousa Cardoso (Por) Efapel 0:34:10
105 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 0:34:15
106 Samuel José Rodrigues Caldeira (Por) W52/FC Porto 0:34:26
107 Ricardo Mestre (Por) W52/FC Porto 0:34:47
108 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:35:09
109 Nuno Meireles (Por) La Aluminios/Antarte 0:35:19
110 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff Team 0:35:21
111 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:35:55
112 Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:36:11
113 Rafael Ferreira Reis (Por) W52/FC Porto 0:36:12
114 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:36:53
115 Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:37:50
116 Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team 0:38:04
117 Pablo Guerrero Bonilla (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista 0:38:25
118 Hernani Broco (Por) La Aluminios/Antarte 0:38:28
119 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:39:15
120 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 0:39:19
121 Joao Rodrigues (Por) W52/FC Porto 0:39:29
122 Sandro Filipe Silva Pinto (Por) Louletano - Hospital de Loule 0:40:13
123 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team 0:40:48
124 Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:41:08
125 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:41:34
126 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:43:03
127 Hélder Fernandes Ferreira (Por) Efapel 0:43:10
128 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth 0:44:15
129 Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Veranclassic-Ago
130 Jonas Koch (Ger) Veranclassic-Ago 0:44:37
131 Kamil Gradek (Pol) Veranclassic-Ago 0:44:43
132 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:44:56
133 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:45:04
134 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
135 Pawel Franczak (Pol) Veranclassic-Ago 0:45:25
136 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:46:00
137 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ 0:46:01
138 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:46:57
139 Rui Rodrigues (Por) Louletano - Hospital de Loule 0:47:50
140 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:49:05
141 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk 0:49:35
142 Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:49:57
143 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Veranclassic-Ago 0:50:15
144 Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth 0:50:31
145 Guillaume De Almeida (Fra) Radio Popular - Boavista 0:51:42
146 Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:56:26
147 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:56:41
148 Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:58:05
149 Francisco Javier Cantero (Spa) Louletano - Hospital de Loule 0:59:19
POINTS
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 50 pts
MOUNTAIN
1 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 15 pts
YOUTH
1 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 18:36:54
TEAM
1 Team Katusha 55:48:39
2 Astana Pro Team 0:00:56
3 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:02:12
4 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:06:04
5 Movistar Team 0:06:46
6 FDJ 0:08:08
7 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:10:50
8 Lotto Soudal 0:11:38
9 Team Sky 0:13:06
10 IAM Cycling 0:14:57
11 Tinkoff Team 0:16:23
12 Trek-Segafredo 0:17:35
13 Sporting/Tavira 0:24:58
14 Efapel 0:25:12
15 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:26:50
16 Team Roth 0:27:17
17 Bora-Argon 18 0:29:26
18 Veranclassic-Ago 0:31:09
19 Radio Popular - Boavista 0:32:22
20 La Aluminios/Antarte 0:32:47
21 Team Novo Nordisk 0:52:22
22 Louletano - Hospital de Loule 1:00:29
23 W52/FC Porto 1:01:46
24 Gazprom-Rusvelo 1:36:20

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