Poels: I Went A Little Bit Early But Volta Ao Algarve Gc Still Open

Wout Poels (Team Sky)

The hills of the Serra de Monchique are famed for the production of Aguardente de Medronhos, the fruit brandy known to the rest of the world as firewater, and there was a familiar burning sensation in the legs and lungs of those following the pace set by Team Sky as the Volta ao Algarve peloton climbed into the swirling clouds atop the Alto da Fóia on Thursday. The fruits of Tao Geoghegan Hart's pace-making labours packed a particular sting, and when he swung off with a shade under two kilometres to go, only seven riders remained in the front group, including his teammates Wout Poels and David De La Cruz. Already a strong performer at the Tour Down Under last month, Poels is perhaps the outstanding favourite for this Volta ao Algarve, and the Dutchman looked strongly placed to claim stage victory and the overall lead as the elite leading ...

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