the danish Magnus Cort, from EF Education-NIPPO, has returned to prevail this Friday in the Tour of the Algarve and has achieved his second consecutive victory in the event lusa, which comfortably strengthens the ahead of the general classification.
On the third day of competition, Cort led the pack for a long period and withstood his rivals’ attacks in the final sprint, so he retains the yellow jersey won on Thursday. The 30-year-old Dane finished with a time of 5 hours, 5 minutes and 14 seconds.
The podium is completed by Italian Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers) and the Belgian Jordi Meeus (BORA-Hansgrohe), second and third respectively.
magnus cut thus remains at the head of the general classification, followed by the Portuguese Rui Costa (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), which climbed this Friday to second place, while Belgian Ilan Van Wilder (Soudal Quick-Step) dropped to third.
The one of this day has been the longest stage of the “Algarvia”, as the race is known, with 203.1 kilometers that have taken the participants from Farothe capital of the southern Portuguese region, to Tavira.
This third day began with a tribute to the Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X), who received the Prestige Award from the organization of the Tour of the Algarve in recognition of his career. The 35-year-old veteran sprinter has already been the protagonist in this edition of the Portuguese event, by proclaiming himself the winner of the opening round.
After a sprint stage, the race returns this Saturday to the mountains, and will start from the tourist town of Albufeira to Alto do Malhão, in the municipality of Loulé, which traditionally hosts the grand finale of this competition.
He The highlight of the 177.9 kilometers is the tough second-category climb of Malhão, with a route of 2.6 km and an average gradient of 9.3%.
The 49th edition of the Tour of the Algarve will conclude on Sunday the 19th, this time not at the Malhão, but with a time trial in Lagos.