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by Mark Zalewski
February 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Campenaerts wins TT, Valverde takes over lead at Ruta del Sol; Castroviejo wins Volta ao Algarve TT, Roglic retains lead; Kristoff wins again at Tour of Oman; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke retires; Swiss CX champion Julien Taramarcaz retires; New Energy Tour unveils route; British Cycling to brief riders on upcoming independent review report; Driver allegedly deliberately clips British domestic team on training ride; Rider to tackle all 21 Giro stages on fat bike for charity; Tour of Oman, stage 3 highlights; Video: Alexis Ryan on the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour; Team Novo Nordisk: 2017 Season Kickoff.
European TT champion Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) took the win on the Volta ao Algarve time trial, four seconds ahead of world champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) and another second ahead of new race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).
“I’m happy to be a protagonist in this race and the victory is absolutely beautiful,” said Castroviejo. “It’s a real satisfaction beating Tony Martin. I was there in the top four at the world championships, but it’s a big step forward for me. It’s good for the confidence going forward and I think these one-week stage races are good for me.
“The GC might not be decided yet, I think. Sunday’s finish will see some fireworks for sure. Malhao is a short climb, one you take only eight minutes to complete, but I think it will create more gaps than Fóia. It’s a very explosive one, and with the race finishing there, everyone will do their best and the bunch will split completely, even before the final ascent.”
Race leader Roglic now leads Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski by 22 seconds and Castroviejo by 36, with Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) at around a minute down. Former race leader and stage 2 winner Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) finished 1:40 down and is now in fifth overall at 1:30.
“Last year, Primoz did a good job here and we had high hopes that he could do it again this year,” LottoNL-Jumbo sport director Frans Maassen said. “His training went well so we expect that he would race for the victory. Of course that brings pressure with it, but Roglic shows that he is able to deal with it in a good way.”