Thomas wins Volta ao Algarve

Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has won the five-stage Volta ao Algarve for his fourth career stage-race victory.

The Welshman held a 27-second lead going into the final stage – won by German Andre Greipel – and stayed out of trouble to secure overall victory.

Thomas, who had led the race after winning stage two, said: “I don’t get to win very often so it’s really nice.”

The 28-year-old’s victory came on the same day that Team Sky’s Chris Froome

won the Ruta del Sol

in Spain.

Thomas’s only other stage-race wins had been in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, which he won in both 2011 and 2014 and the Fleche du Sud in 2006.

He added: “You look at the previous winners and there are a lot of strong guys there. There’s a lot of strong teams here too.

“We’ve got a big month ahead with Paris-Nice and the classics. The form seems to be building nicely so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Overall standings:

1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky), 19hr 46min 13sec

2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Etixx-QuickStep) +27sec

3. Tiago Machado (Por/Katusha) + 1min 11sec

4. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) + 1min 14sec

5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) + 1min 18sec

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