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Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) shot to his first win of the season on stage 4 of the Volta ao Algarve, beating João Almeida (UAE Workforce Emirates) and Ilan Van Wilder (Soudal-QuickStep) on the punchy uphill end on the Alto do Malhão.
The trio had been amongst a lowered peloton of round 30 to hit the climb to the end for the second and last time on the 178km stage. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the primary to launch a serious assault on the two.5km, 9.8% hill, however the Australian could not get away from his rivals.
Ultimately, it got here down the ultimate kilometre and a surge by Pidcock which noticed solely Van Wilder and DSM neo-pro Oscar Onley sustain with him. Almeida was in a position to come from behind and put in a testing dig of his personal nevertheless it was Pidcock who fired the ultimate blow, beating the house favorite within the run to the end line.
“I began and thought I noticed the end. However there it was nonetheless on the left, and I nonetheless had about 70 metres to go,” Pidcock mentioned later. “I assumed they had been virtually coming again, and I did not know the way a lot I had left. However in that scenario, you simply go full throttle, it doesn’t matter what.
“Tomorrow is a time trial, so there may be not a lot to plan. It’s then additionally simply stuffed with fuel.”
The Briton now holds the GC lead with a bonus of 5 seconds over Van Wilder and 7 over third-placed Almeida heading into the ultimate stage time trial in Lagoa.
Extra to come back…
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