A thrilling final stage of the Volta ao Algarve saw Serge Pauwels ride to an impressive third place behind a victorious Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky). Ben King, meanwhile, thanks to his teammates did enough to maintain his lead in the blue jersey to be crowned King of the Mountains ahead of Kwiatkowski, capping a superb week for the young American. Ruben Guerreiro (Trek-Segafredo) finished second on the final stage four seconds ahead of Pauwels. The latter’s strong finish saw him finish 8th overall on the general classification. The final stage of this year’s race in the Algarve lived up to its billing as the 173.5km.
Merhawi Kudus led our team home on the final stage of the Tour of Oman finishing 20th and in the process cemented 9th place overall on the general classification. Alexander Kristoff won the final stage at Matrah Corniche for a third time but it was his first victory for his new team UAE-Team Emirates, with Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) second and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was third. Kudus was followed home by Jacques Janse van Rensburg in 22nd place. The race almost didn’t play out as expected, as yet again an early break after just 5km which quickly stretched to nearly 5 minutes after 20km, had.
Stage four of Volta ao Algarve saw Ben King up picking valuable points in the break, which ensured that he will start the final stage in the King of the Mountains jersey. Here’s how the day unfolded..