Leader in the King of the Mountains category at the Volta ao Algarve, Ben King, highlighted his good early season form by finishing top of our team’s challenge in the Individual Time Trial in Lagoa. He finished 30th quickest overall; 1 minute 33 seconds behind stage winner Geraint Thomas (Sky) who completed the 20.3km circuit in 24:09. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) was second with Stefan Kung (BMC) in third. Edvald Boasson Hagen continues to make his return to fitness after a setback earlier in the year and placed 35th, 10s behind his American teammate. That result sees Thomas retain his lead in the general classification.

Jacques Janse van Rensburg produced a very strong performance on Stage 4 of the Tour of Oman as he featured prominently in the breakaway, with Merhawi Kudus taking eventual 8th place on the line. The stage was won by Astana’s Magnus Cort Nielsen with Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) second and Alberto Bettiol (BMC) in third. Merhawi Kudus took 8th spot and is now placed 10th in the general classification. Van Rensburg, who recently finished second at the South African championships, got himself into the very early 6-man break that tackled a tough, tricky stage from Yiti (Al Safah) to the Ministry of Tourism over 117.5km. This.