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Volta ao Algarve Stage 3 - Live coverage


Hello there and welcome back to the Cyclingnews live race centre for stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve. After yesterday's drama on the Alto da Fóia, we're back on flatter ground today for what is expected to come down to a bunch sprint. 

As we pick up the action, with just over 100km remaining, this is the situation. 

Martin took maximum points at the early intermediate sprint, after 18km, and they've recently dealt with a pair of category-3 climbs. On the Portela da Corcha, after 63km, Grigoryev beat Antunes to the top, but the Portugese rider turned the tables 15km later on the Cachopo.

Deceuninck-QuickStep and Cofidis are the two teams who have been bossing the peloton today. The four escapees had four minutes at one point and it's drifting back up that way again now in the post-feed zone slump. 

QuickStep, of course, are working for Fabio Jakobsen, who won the opening stage with a powerful sprint. Cofidis for Elia Viviani, who was well beaten that day but will be hungrier than ever to land a first win for his new team. 

While today's stage shouldn't influence the general classification, yesterday saw the first of three big tests for the overall contenders. Once more, Remco Evenepoel startled us all at the top of the Alto da Fóia, winning the stage, taking the leader's yellow jersey, and putting himself in pole position to win the overall title. 

Staying with Evenepoel, our colleagues at the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad called up Eddy Merckx - with whom Evenepoel is often compared - and the 11-time Grand Tour winner said how impressed he was yesterday, and how he thinks Evenepoel can compete for the Giro d'Italia title in May in what will be his Grand Tour debut. More from Merckx here

Here's Evenepoel in yellow at the start in Faro this morning. Patrick Lefevere has also flown in, and Cyclingnews' Daniel Ostanek was one of those to grab a word with the QuickStep boss. You'll be able to read his thoughts shortly. 

75km to go

A reminder of how things stand on GC. This shouldn't change today but there's another uphill finish tomorrow, followed by a 20km final-day time trial on Sunday. 

A little less pressure on Elia Viviani, given Anthony Perez has just landed Cofidis' second win of the season - and their first on European soil - at the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var. Over the border in Spain, at the Ruta del Sol, they're heading into the final 10km there. 

65km to go

Here's the line of Deceuninck-QuickStep riders, with Evenepoel in yellow and Jakobsen in red. 

Jakob Fuglsang has just won stage 3 of the Ruta del Sol, triumphing on a technical uphill finish just after Dylan Teuns took a wrong turn in the final 100 metres. We'll have a stage report on the way very shortly. 

50km to go

While QuickStep are flying high in Algarve, Ineos are having a rather miserable time. Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski, and Rohan Dennis all lost time yesterday. Here's Daniel Ostanek's story on the latter. 

QuickStep continue to set the tempo at the head of the peloton and the gap comes down to one minute, with 42km to go. The trio up front will up the pace now as we head into the final hour but they will know they stand next to now chance here. 

Here's our report page for Andalucía

Here's a look at the finale, and it's far from straight forward. There are roundabouts either side of the flamme rouge, followed by a tight right-hander with 400m to go. Positioning will be crucial.

25km to go

Cofidis need to take this to QuickStep, you feel. Jakobsen looked so strong on day one but QuickStep's top lead-out riders are with Sam Bennett in the UAE. He has Senechal, Lampaert, and Keisse here. Viviani, meanwhile, has the two compatriots he urged Cofidis to sign for him: Simone Consonni and Fabio Sabatini. Leading through that final corner could be the key.


20km to go

17km to go

The Trek riders are back on their bikes. They'll play no real part in proceedings here but will simply roll in to the finish for a more thorough check-up. Good to see no one was seriously injured. 

Bora-Hansgrohe have set up shop on the right-hand side of the road. QuickStep are in the middle, and UAE are on the left. 

15km to go

UAE have the front now, with Tom Bohli, Mikkel Bjerg, and Ivo Oliveira providing the horsepower in front of Kristoff.

The sprint will be played on a slight drag, though nothing too significant. 

9km to go

Bora once again make their presence felt on the right, and Sunweb, working for Bol, tuck in behind. There's a big gap in the middle of the road, with Alpecin, QuickStep, and UAE over on the left. 

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) takes the plunge and dives into that windy gulf in the middle of the road. That's all to take GC leader Miguel Angel Lopez out of trouble. 

5km to go

UAE take to the front, raise it, and string it out with just over 3km to go

It fans across the road once more and Sunweb drive it forward on the right. 

Straight across a big roundabout they go. Two more of them coming up shortly.

Luke Rowe powers Kwiatkowski to the front. Swift not there with them

2km to go now and Sunweb take it up again.

Israel suddenly hit the front as we take the first of those roundabouts. Left-hand turn and it's a gentle one

1km to go

Israel have the front with one rider ahead of QuickStep's Senechal

Senechal takes them into that final right hander!

Sunweb light it up now!

Bol opens up the sprint!

Jakobsen and Kristoff respond

But Bol finishes it off! Bol wins it!

Cees Bol (Sunweb) wins stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve

Great sprint from Bol. Senechal led through that tight last bend but Sunweb had a rider left in front of Bol, and the lead-out was perfect. The Dutchman had Kristoff in the wheel but held him off with ease. Jakobsen came from behind Kristoff but couldn't get near Bol, and in the end Modolo came through to take second place. 

Viviani was well out of it and finished around 7th. He was simply too far back going through that bend. 

Let's hear from the winner. 

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb 5:00:00
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
3Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-Quickstep
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
5Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
6Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
8Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal
9Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10Tom Devriendt (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
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General classification after stage 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep

Here's our report page

That's it from us for today. We'll be back tomorrow for live coverage of stage 4, which finishes atop the Alto do Malhão. Hope you'll join us again then. 

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