Stybar: Algarve Win Makes A Big Difference To Confidence

Zdenek Stybar wins the final stage at Volta ao Algarve

Zdenek Stybar tried to win a race in every which way in 2018, but for all his wholehearted endeavour, the top step of the podium somehow eluded him in a campaign that saw his teammates rack up some 73 victories in total. On the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve on Sunday, the Czech was riding in a supporting role for Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Enric Mas and wound up helping himself to stage victory atop the Alto do Malhão. Cycling sometimes adheres to a curious old logic. In each of the past two editions of the Volta ao Algave, Stybar had gone on the attack ahead of the final haul up the Malhão in search of stage honours. This time around, he marked Søren Kragh Andersen's attack with 20km to go on behalf of Mas and managed to stay clear to claim victory. "It's traditionally a very tough stage. Every ...

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