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Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 4 of the Volta ao Algarve. 

As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height, the stage is underway, with the early kilometres covered.

The only non-starter today was Koen de Kort (Trek-Segafredo) after the team's multiple crash on a dirt section of road.

There were a number of early attacks but nothing stuck until after the intermediate sprint after 12km.   

João Rodrigues (W52-FC Porto) won the sprint and inspired the early break. 

In the move are Dries de Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix), David González (Caja Rural), Tom Devriendt (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Daniel Hoelgaard (Uno-X), Luís Mendonça and Tiago Antunes (Efapel), Rafael Lourenço (Kelly-InOutBuild-UDO), Daniel Freitas (Miranda-Mortágua) and João Rodrigues (W52-FC Porto).

The peloton has let them go, after 20km their lead is up to 2:00.   

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This info shows how twisting ands hilly today's stage is. The climb top the finish is only 2.6km long but has a gradient of 9.4%.

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Cees Bol (Sunweb) won stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve on Friday, beating Sacha Modolo (Alpecin-Fenix) and Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in a bunch finish in Tavira. 

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) came home in the main peloton to retain the overall lead ahead of Saturday's hilltop finish at Malhão.

To read our full stage report and see our photo gallery, click here.

TAVIRA PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 21 Arrival Cees Bol of The Netherlands and Team Sunweb Celebration Fabio Jakobsen of The Netherlands and Team Deceuninck Quick Step Red Points Jersey during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 3 a 2019Km stage from Faro to Tavira VAlgarve2020 on February 21 2020 in Tavira Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took an emotional victory on stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve, stamping his authority on the five-day race and taking the leader's yellow jersey that he wears again today. 

Evenepoel attacked in the final 500 metres and powered across the line at the top of the Alto da Fóia just ahead of Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) for his third success of 2020.

The 20-year-old dedicated his victory to Lotto Soudal rider Nikolas Maes, whose son Maurice was stillborn last week.

Click here to read what Evenepoel said.

Volta ao Algarve 2020 66th Edition 2nd stage Sagres Alto da Foia 1839 km 20022020 Remco Evenepoel BEL Deceuninck Quick Step Maximilian Schachmann GER Bora Hansgrohe photo Nico VereeckenPNBettiniPhoto2020

(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

With some 135km to race, the nine riders in the break lead the peloton by 2:00.  

The break's lead has grown to 2:30 after a first hour at 43km/h. 

The first part of the stage is flat but the hills begin after