LISBON, Feb 23, 2014 (AFP) – Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland held off Spain;s
two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador to win the Tour of Algarve
after Briton’s Mark Cavendish claimed Sunday’s fifth and final stage.
Cavendish, who races for the same Omega Pharma team as does Kwiatkowski,
prevailed in a dash for the line at the end of the 155.8 kilometre closing
ride from Tavira to Vilamoura.
Kwiatkowski had taken possession of the overall leader’s yellow jersey
after winning the second stage and then tightened his grip further in
Wednesday’s time trial.
At the end of the week in the Algarve he had a 19 second advantage over
Contador, with Portugal’s world champion Rui Costa in third, 32s back.
The 23-year-old Kwiatskowski was part of the Omega Pharma team that won the
team time trial title at last year’s world championships.
Results on Sunday after fifth and final stage
of the Tour of Algarve, a 155.8 kilometres ride from Tavira to Vilamoura:
1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/Omega Pharma) 3hr 24min 10sec, 2. Arnaud Demare
(FRA) same time, 3. Bryan Coquard (FRA) s.t., 4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP)
s.t., 5. Sacha Modolo (ITA) s.t.
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/Omega Pharma) 16hr 29min 57sec, 2. Alberto
Contador (ESP) at 19sec, 3. Rui Costa (POR) 32, 4. Alexandre Geniez (FRA) 1min
13sec, 5. Wilco Kelderman (NED) 1:32.