Amaro Antunes wins stage, Roglic takes overall victory
Portuguese Manuel Amaro Antunes of W52/FC Porto won the last stage of the 2017 Volta ao Algarve. The rider attacked in the last kilometer, managing to get his first victory with his current team. Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo won the overall classification
The last stage of the Portuguese race was 179.2 kilometers long between Loule and Alto do Malhão and it started with some echelons that caused a break in the main group.
These conditions were good for 21 riders that together formed the front of the race and managed to create a gap of more than three minutes with the main bunch. Riders like Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo), Arnaud Demare (FDJ), Benjamin King (Dimension Data) and Dries Devenys (Quick-Step Floors) were part of the lead group for most of the stage.
A main bunch led by Team Sky set a higher pace in order to catch the escapees before the last ascent to the Malhão. Meanwhile, the front group started breaking up and Jose Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin), Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-hansgrohe), Coen Vermeltfoort (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Ben King and Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) momentarily took the lead.
King tried his luck with about 10 kilometers to go but just before the last ascent some of his fellow escapees caught up with him including Raul Alarcon (W52/FC Porto), Devenyns, Oscar Gatto (Astana), Gonçalves, Maurits Lammertink (Katusha-Alpecin) and Schwarzmann.
At two kilometers from the finish, the peloton caught the lead group and started the last ascent as a compact bunch. There were some attempts to attack but the only successful rider to do so was Manuel Amaro Antunes of W52/FC Porto, who got his first victory for the continental team.
Vicente de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loule), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) and Roglic completed the top five of the day.
LottoNL-Jumbo's Roglic, who took the lead in the general classification after the third stage, successfully defended his position after a late attack by Michal Kwiatkowski.
Roglic quickly countered Michal Kwiatkowski's attack after Team Sky's work to keep him on the front.
2017 Volta Ao Algarve Top 10 Results Stage 5
1 Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto 4:29:28
2 Vicente Garcia (Spa) Louletano-Hospital de Loule 0:00:12
3 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:15
5 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:16
6 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira 0:00:17
7 Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
8 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:18
10 David de la Fuente (Spa) Louletano-Hospital de Loule
2017 Volta Ao Algarve General Classification after Stage 5
1 Primoz Roglic (LottoNl-Jumbo) 19:04:03
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +22”
3 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) +55”
4 Luis León Sanchez (Astana) +59”
5 Amaro Antunes (W52/FC Porto) +1’29”
6 Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) +1’36”
7 Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) +1’40”
8 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) +1’42”
9 Rinaldo Nocentini (Sporting / Tavira) +1’56”
10 Edgar Pinto (LA Alumínios-Metalusa) +2’19”
LIVESTREAM Replay - How it Happened
16:57 GMT - Primoz Roglic celebrates wining the 2017 Volta Ao Algarve.
16:54 GMT - Official General Classification results Top 10, Primoz Roglic countered attack by Kwiatkowski on the final climb to seal victory!
16:42 GMT - Official stage 5 Results Top 10
16:41 GMT - Roglic comes to the front of the lead bunch and wins the GC!
16:40 GMT - Amaro Antunes wins stage for Portugal!
16:35 GMT - Roglic is just behind the Sky train can he seal the deal for Lotto Jumbo today?
16:34 GMT - The last climb of the day starts and the peloton catches the remaining escapees. 4 km to g
16:31 GMT - 52 sec to breakaway with 6km to go. Last 2.8km uphill!
16:27 GMT - Sky are smashing it out at the front of the Peloton!
16:24 GMT - Dan Martin or Primož Roglic for GC? we will see on this climb? Sky are keep the pace high in the Peloton.
16:22 GMT - 10 km to go: Ben King (Dimension Data) tries to go solo!
16:20 GMT - 1 km to go: Ben King (Dimension Data) tries to go solo!
16:19 GMT - 15 km to go: 5 break away riders have atatcked. 45s to the peloton
16:11 GMT - 20 km to go: 3rd cat climb Vermelhos: 1st Osorio, 2nd Gonçalves, 3rd King (Cannondale)
16:02 GMT - 25km to go and breakaway has 1m and 9 secs
15:51 GMT - On the descent the peloton increased in number. Team SKY has six riders, Lotto NL Jumbo has 3. 1m 14s to the front
15:46 GMT - 37 km and only 1:30 between the breakaway and the peloton!
15:40 GMT - 40 km to go: 1st climb of Malhao 1st was Juan Arboleda (Manzana) in the 21 man breakaway
15:34 GMT - 42 kilometers to go, which means that in around one hour the riders will be at the foot of the final climb of Alto do Malhao.
15:30 GMT - 48km to go 21 rider break has 2'45" on the peloton
14:39 GMT - First 100km done, only 79 kms to go. Breakaway has 2m 30s on Peloton.
14: 26 GMT - 91,2 km: 3 Cat Climb in Vermelhos KOM
1st Asselman (Roompot)
2nd Arboleda (Manzana)
3rd Vanspeybrouck (Wanty)
14:23 GMT - Here is a list of the 21 riders in the breakaway
14:14 GMT - Today's final stage - Loule to Alto Do Malhao - 179.2 km with Alto do Malhao mountain finish! Should be fireworks!
14:04 GMT - After 77 km of racing, a group of 21 broke away and built a 2m 32s lead. Degenkolb from BMC racing in the break.
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