Overview

Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta

Stage 5) FARO / ALTO DO MALHÃO (LOULÉ)

PT Portugal, Sunday 24 February 2019
173.5 km

Zdenek Stybar seals the win on Alto do Malhão

Zdenek Stybar seals the win on Alto do Malhão

Zdenek Stybar basked in his first win in almost two years, on the final day of Volta ao Algarve, which took the bunch from Faro to Alto do Malhão, the most iconic climb of the region, where for the fourth consecutive year hosted the last stage of the race. Stybar, who kickstarted his 2019 campaign in Portugal, became the seventh different rider of Deceuninck – Quick-Step to earn a victory in the two months that have passed since the start of the season.

“I am very happy, because in the past two years I have always been on the attack on this stage and in 2018 I was caught with one kilometer to go, but now I finally managed to finish it off. It’s a big reward for me, it’s my first victory of the season and it augurs well ahead of the Classics, where I hope to be in the best shape”, an ecstatic Zdenek said after the podium ceremony.

The winning move took shape on the penultimate climb of the day, Alto de Vermelhos, where the Czech responded to an attack of Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb). A lack of reaction from the yellow jersey or his team helped the two extend their gap to 30 seconds by the time they crested the ascennt and soon bridge to the remnants of the huge breakaway group which had took off early in the stage and still contained Tim Declercq, who put in a solid stint at the front for his teammate, before the attacking duo went clear again.

On the run-in to Alto do Malhão (2.5 kilometers, 9.9%), Steven Cummings (Dimension Data) joined them, but the Brit was dropped on the lower slopes of the climb, where attacks started flying from the reduced group, which Enric Mas duly shut down, before launching a move of his own. In the meantime, at the front, Zdenek dispatched his companion with 300 meters to go and powered to Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s second win of the week in Portugal, after the one of Fabio Jakobsen in Lagos, and tenth of the season.

“I joined that attack because I felt there was a chance of going all the way, as I knew that the up-and-down parcours would favour such an action and make things difficult for the chasers. The victory is important because it serves as confirmation of the good winter preparation I’ve had and also a confidence boost. It was a perfect day for us, with me taking the victory, Tim featuring in the breakaway and Enric showing his strong legs in the final”, said Zdenek, sixth in the GC, after becoming the 12th different Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to claim a stage at the Volta ao Algarve.

Enric Mas – who also made his season debut here – concluded the race a strong fourth in the general classification, just a few seconds shy off the overall podium, while the hard-working Tim Declercq – who throughout the week controlled the breakaways, be it on the flat or hills – spent the entire stage in the escape, picking up valuable KOM points (including at the first ascent of Malhão), a raid for which he was rewarded with the best climber jersey.

“Normally my job is to catch the breakaways and to help the team, but today I got green light to join the escape group and do my own race”, a smiling Tim explained. “Taking the points on the climbs wasn’t the plan, but I began scoring them here and there and ended up going onto the podium after the stage. It’s not often that I win something, so I am very happy with this result and how our week went in Portugal.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:13:48
2 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
0:03
3 Wout Poels
Team Sky
0:09
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
5 Steve Cummings
Team Dimension Data
0:17
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
0:18
7 João Rodrigues
W52 / FC Porto
0:24
8 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
0:30
9 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team Sky
0:31
10 Amaro Antunes
CCC Team
0:34
33 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:57
35 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:02
85 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:50
121 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:01
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
19:26:34
2 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
0:14
3 Wout Poels
Team Sky
0:21
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:25
5 Sam Oomen
Team Sunweb
1:40
6 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:54
7 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:50
8 Amaro Antunes
CCC Team
2:52
9 João Rodrigues
W52 / FC Porto
3:27
10 Simon Špilak
Team Katusha - Alpecin
3:47
33 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:42
45 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:42
92 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:09
105 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:24
1 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
29 pt
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
3 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
25 pt
4 Wout Poels
Team Sky
22 pt
5 Jasper de Buyst
Lotto Soudal
21 pt
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
20 pt
7 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
20 pt
8 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18 pt
9 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
16 pt
10 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
29 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
19:26:34
2 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:50
3 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
10:40
4 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
25:01
5 Hugo Nunes
Radio Popular Boavista
25:38
6 Jasper Philipsen
UAE-Team Emirates
26:16
7 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
31:11
8 Emanuel Duarte
LA Aluminios
33:24
9 João Barbosa
Vito-Feirense-Pnb
33:29
10 Rafael Lourenco
UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
34:56
14 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:24
1 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15 pt
2 Wout Poels
Team Sky
11 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
10 pt
4 Amaro Antunes
CCC Team
8 pt
5 Vicente García de Mateos Rubio
Ludofoods Louletano Aviludo
8 pt
6 David Ribeiro
LA Aluminios
8 pt
7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
8 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
9 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
10 Jonas Koch
CCC Team
6 pt
1 Team Sky 58:26:14
2 UAE-Team Emirates 2:58
3 Team Sunweb 3:40
4 Deceuninck - Quick Step 5:16
5 Team Dimension Data 11:24
6 Team Katusha - Alpecin 14:49
7 W52 / FC Porto 15:14
8 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 22:57
9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 23:53
10 CCC Team 23:55

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