Final KM: Stage 5, Vuelta a Andalucia, Volta ao Algarve

A time trial with a difference and a smash and grab stage raid and a Team Sky double up. Let’s get down to the action on the final day of racing in Spain and Portugal.

Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol: St 5, Barbate to Barbate, ITT. 14.2km

After the crazy-paved hill climb on stage 4, stage 5 saw a time trial with a 5km section of gravel road on the menu. We loved it and it undoubtedly suited some riders more than others. Sky’s David de la Cruz mastered the gravel and tarmac for a surprising stage win. Teammate Wout Poels rode himself to second place overall with Marc Soler‘s (Movistar) 5th place on the day leaping him to third step on the GC podium. However, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal’s) did more than enough to ensure he went home with the leader’s jersey. He’s flying this year, watch out for him on the Belgian cobbles and beyond.


Love this smile from David de la Cruz

Your GC podium…

“If I could design a TT for me, it would be like this”

Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural – RGA) finally gets to take home the KOM jersey #bravo

Full race report at Cycling News

Race Website  Race Twitter  #64RdS (also #VueltaAndalucia #RutadelSol)

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta: St 5, Faro to Malhão, 173.5km

Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) joined the break of the day, made his stage winning solo move on the final ascent of the Malhao, and grabbed the race leader’s jersey right off teammate Geraint Thomas‘s back. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) gave it everything to finish second on the day with Dimension Data’s Serge Pauwels rounding out the stage podium. Kwiatkowski took his second Volta ao Algarve title by 1:31 mins from Thomas with a battling ride by Tejay van Garderen (BMC) taking him to third. Sam Oomen (Sunweb)was best young rider and Ben King (Dimension Data) King of the Mountains


Taking the race lead from a teammate is not a decision to be taken lightly…

Both Michal and Ruben had teammates at their backs…

Zdenek Stybar out in the break and attacking solo. More Please

Full race report at Cycling News 

Race Website  Race Twitter   #VAlgarve18

Header image: Michal Kwiatkowski   – Tim de Waele/Getty Images


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