The 48th Volta ao Algarve is off to a strong and competitive start, with Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen winning the first stage and Frenchman David Gaudu taking the top position in the second.
The first stage – nearly 200kms beginning in Portimão and ending in Lagos – took place on Wednesday and saw Jakobsen establish himself as the ‘king’ of the Lagos sprint. He has won the stage three times in a row.
“I’m happy to win again here in Lagos. I know this place very well. We did a training camp here and I had already won here twice,” said the Dutchman.
The second stage was held yesterday and saw cyclists testing their limits with a 182.4 kilometre journey from Albufeira to the highest peak of the Algarve – Alto da Fóia.
Gaudu emerged the victor, giving his team Groupama-FDJ their first win of the season.
The next stage takes place this Friday and will be the longest, challenging cyclists with a 209.1-kilometre route starting in Almodôvar in the Alentejo and ending in Faro.