Volta Ao Algarve: Pogacar Confident Ahead Of Malhão Showdown

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) saw his lead at the Volta ao Algarve reduced slightly when he was caught on the wrong side of a split in the peloton on stage 4, but the Slovenian did not appear to be concerned by a concession that does little to alter his task on the Alto do Malhão on Sunday. It helped, of course, that Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep), the man most likely to deny him overall victory, was also wrongfooted in the white-knuckle finale and rolled home alongside Pogačar, 7 seconds behind stage winner Dylan Groenewegen. The reshuffle of the general classification leaves Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) second overall, 29 seconds down on Pogačar. Wout Poels (Team Sky) moves up to third overall, at 30 seconds, while Mas remains 31 seconds down, albeit now in fourth place. “We achieved our goal so we can be happy that we defended the yellow ...

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