McNulty buoyed by finishing second to Evenepoel in Algarve

CARTAGENA SPAIN FEBRUARY 12 Brandon Mcnulty of United States and UAE Team Emirates competes in the breakaway during the 42nd Vuelta Ciclista A La Region De Murcia Costa Calida 2022 a 1832km one day race from Fortuna to Puerto de Cartagena VueltaRegionMurcia22 on February 12 2022 in Cartagena Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) is in his third year with UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Brandon McNulty's disappointment was evident when he crossed the finish line in Tavira after Saturday's time trial, but his Volta ao Algarve took on a different hue after he sealed second place overall with another assured display on the summit finish at Alto do Malhão.

The traditional finale to the Portuguese race provided its usual frissons, with the yellow jersey group splintering on the first ascent of the Malhão, although QuickStep-AlphaVinyl restored order over the other side and then winner Remco Evenepoel took command in the closing kilometres.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.