Ben King consolidated his position in the King of the Mountains jersey at the Volta ao Algarve with an excellent performance in the breakaway, picking valuable points on offer in a stage won by Dylan Groenewegen. As expected the day resulted in a bunch sprint which saw Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) victorious in Tavira, sealing his second stage win of this year’s race. He finished ahead of Matteo Pelucchi (Bora-hansgrohe) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) who was third. King, who backed up his strong performance in gaining the blue jersey with a very good time trial in stage 3, was among 5 others who attacked after just 4.

The Queen stage of the Tour of Oman lived up to its billing as one of the early season’s toughest climbs on a day that eventually saw Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) take line honours. He was followed home by teammate Alexey Lutsenko as their teamwork over the final kilometre made the difference on the renowned Green Mountain. Merhawi Kudus was 12th finishing just under a minute behind the stage winner and he gained one place in the general classification moving up to 9th with one stage to go. An early break at the three kilometre mark managed to hold for a large portion of the.

Ben King was our best placed rider in yesterday’s individual time trial, and retains the King of the Mountains jersey heading into Stage 4. Here’s a selection of pictures from the stage..