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Wout van Aert takes his first win of the season

Wout van Aert takes his first win of the season

The stage between Vila Real de Santo António and Tavira was the last for Wout van Aert, who decided that he would not fight for the podium in the first stage. It seemed like he was conserving energy to do it in the secondbut here he finally did it. The Belgian achieved his first win of the season in the third round of the Vuelta al Algarve. After 192.3 kilometers, the man from Visma overtook the sprinters and became champion.

He left behind stage one winner Gerben Thijssen, who was fighting for third place with Marius Myrhofer. He continued his frantic march towards the finish line after overtaking Rui Oliveira on the right, who fought until the end to win the title in his home country. Despite the new podium, Daniel Felipe Martínez remains leader of the classification.

The first move came from Francisco Morais (Tavfer), who started the breakaway group, which was joined by Afonso Eulálio (ABTF), Carlos Miguel Salgueiro (Tavira), German Tivani (Aviludo-Louletano-Loulé Concelho), António Ferreira (Efapel) and Raúl Rota (Boavista) and Frederico Figueiredo (Sabgal Anicolor). There was stability on the stage, putting the peloton almost five minutes away from the breakaway group.

In the peloton, Intermarché, three minutes behind, worked to help Gerben Thijssen (Intermarché), winner of the first stage, to another victory; as well as Bora, EF and Arkea for Meeus, Van den Berg and Démare.

With 88 kilometers still ahead of us, Tivani, Ferreira and Salgueiro won the intermediate sprint in Alcaria, in which the Argentine scored four bonus points. The first group of seven split as Eulálio increased the pace until he left Tivani, Salgueiro and Figueiredo at the front and made the other intermediate sprint again in Faz Fato with less than 44 kilometers to go.

Ferreira, who remained in the second group after the gap, was ten seconds behind the trio, while there were no major team changes in the peloton, but there were changes in pace. The large group threatened to overtake the second of the leading groups, which consisted of Morais, the Spanish Rota and Euláliowhich were left out from the beginning.

The trio had a lead of 30 kilometers and less than a minute, who got rid of Ferreira. The last line of the intermediate sprint in Vila Real Santo António was the goal of the three leaders. Salgueiro added the four points, followed by Figueiredo and Tivani. There was little left for the Italian and the Portuguese to lead the race, so Salgueiro set off alone. with a train less than five seconds away.

The cyclist couldn’t escape the impact, so Salgueiro could only resign. Since then, quick movements have been necessary to get to the front of the peloton, where all teams wanted to place their sprinters. Since then, Visma has surprised everyone with his presence They had already warned that Wout van Aert wanted to “save energy”.

A fall exiting the roundabout caused the gap at the end where the rider furthest ahead continued ahead. The Belgian from Visma found himself in the midfield of the group, waiting to unleash his potential at the last moment. He overtook Thijssen and Marius Myrhofer and did the same with Rui Oliveira, who fought until he reached third place behind a Myrhofer, who beat the first stage winner and a triumphant Van Aert.

The fourth stage is the novelty of the competition, The sprinters will once again play a major role, as it is a 22.2 kilometer long time trial between the Albufeira Marina and the Albufeira Town Hall. The route is not without its ups and downs, presenting an opportunity for most chameleon fans and an obstacle to overcome for those who only specialize in swimming against the current.

Level 3 classification

1. Wout Van Aert (BEL/Visma) 04:50.47

2. Rui Oliveira (POR / United Arab Emirates)

3. Marius Mayrohfer (BEL/Tudor)

4. Gerben Thijssen (BEL / Intermarché)

22. Jaume Guardeño (ESP / Caja Rural)

General ranking

1. Daniel Felipe Martínez (COL / BORA) 9:32.14

2. Remco Evenepoel (BEL / Soudal Quick-Step) +0:04

3. Sepp Kuss (USA / Visma) +0:12

9. Mikel Landa (ESP / Soudal Quick-Step) +0:23

14. Wout van Aert (BEL / Visma) +0:32

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