Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta

Stage 1) Lagos - Portimão

PT Portugal Wednesday 05 May 2021 189.5 km

Bennett flies to victory on Algarve opener

Bennett flies to victory on Algarve opener

Sam Bennett returned to action after one month away from racing and didn’t miss a beat in the nervous mass gallop that decided the winner of the Volta ao Algarve stage 1 – 189.5 kilometers from Lagos to Portimão. It was the sixth time this season Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s fast man raised his arms in celebration while crossing the line and for the first time he has done so in Portugal, at his very first presence here.

The stage wasn’t as straightforward as the profile suggested, with a number of crashes meaning a lot of riders were absent in the finale. Among them were Shane Archbold and Fabio Jakobsen, who were involved in a small incident with four kilometers remaining, fortunately without any serious consequences.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step took up the pace-setting ahead of the flamme rouge and delivered another impeccable piloting masterclass for the Tour de France green jersey winner. Sam kicked out with 125 meters to go, immediately as Michael Mørkøv – who produced another massive lead-out – peeled off the front and beat Danny Van Poppel (Intermarche-Wanty Gobert) and Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural) by more than a bike length on the uphill drag in Portimao.

“Not everything went as we planned today. The finale was very hectic, but the boys did a fantastic job and kept their calm, which was of great help. The legs felt good, but there were a lot of crashes and we spent a lot of energy coming back to the front and keeping our position. I didn’t know how my condition was going to be after a month with no racing and didn’t expect it to be that hard, but I’m happy I could finish it off and I got the yellow jersey as a bonus”, said Bennett, who became the fifth different Wolfpack rider in six years to claim the opening stage of the race.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:37:41
2 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
3 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
4 Stanisław Aniołkowski
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:00
5 Iúri Leitão
Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua
0:00
6 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
7 Jarrad Drizners
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:00
8 Rui Oliveira
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
9 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
10 Mikel Aristi Gardoki
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:00
67 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
82 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:39
161 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56
162 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56
164 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:53
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:37:41
2 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
3 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
4 Stanisław Aniołkowski
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
0:00
5 Iúri Leitão
Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua
0:00
6 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
7 Jarrad Drizners
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:00
8 Rui Oliveira
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
9 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
10 Mikel Aristi Gardoki
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:00
67 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
82 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:39
161 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56
162 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:56
164 Bert Van Lerberghe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:53
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25 pt
2 Danny van Poppel
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
20 pt
3 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
16 pt
4 Stanisław Aniołkowski
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
13 pt
5 Iúri Leitão
Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua
10 pt
6 Hugo Nunes
Radio Popular Boavista
8 pt
7 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
8 Jon Irisarri Rincón
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
7 pt
9 Jarrad Drizners
Hagens Berman Axeon
6 pt
10 Rui Oliveira
UAE-Team Emirates
4 pt
1 Jon Irisarri Rincón
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4 pt
2 Carlos Canal Blanco
Burgos-BH
3 pt
3 Hugo Nunes
Radio Popular Boavista
2 pt
1 Jarrad Drizners
Hagens Berman Axeon
4:37:41
2 Sean Quinn
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:00
3 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
4 Marijn van den Berg
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
5 Michael Garrison
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:00
6 João Macedo
L.A. Aluminios / L.A. Sport
0:00
7 Joseph Laverick
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:39
8 Pedro Miguel Lopes
Kelly / Simoldes / UDO
0:39
9 Diogo Barbosa
Hagens Berman Axeon
0:39
10 Carlos Salgueiro
L.A. Aluminios / L.A. Sport
0:39
1 UAE-Team Emirates 13:53:03
2 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
4 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 0:00
5 W52 / FC Porto 0:00
6 AG2R Citroën Team 0:00
7 INEOS Grenadiers 0:00
8 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:00
9 Radio Popular Boavista 0:00
10 BORA - hansgrohe 0:00

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