Awake for Malhão challenge
16 February 2012

Volta ao Algarve - st. 2

Movistar Team keeps overall chances untouched before the mountain-top finish in the Volta ao Algarve after a sprint win and race lead by Edvald Boasson Hagen

Movistar Team went over stage two in the 2012 Volta ao Algarve with no major incidents as the race covered its flattest route over 187 kilometers from Faro y Lagoa, with Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) grabbing the day’s honours and the leader jersey after outsprinting Kris Boeckmans (VCD) and Gerald Ciolek (OPQ).

The squad led by José Luis Jaimerena, which took the depart with all their eight riders despite a doubtful Marzio Bruseghin with fever -the Italian could still complete the stage-, showed active on the finale to protect the overall position by Rui Costa -9th on the GC- against some crashes in the closing stages, once the three attacks of the day -the most important one, made by Swift (CAR), Alarcón (EFA) and Wytinck (TSV), earned more than five minuts of advantage- were reeled back by the bunch.

The telephone squad now recovers before the first of two decisive days in the Portuguese event: the finish at the Alto do Malhão (Cat. 2), two kilometers on 8% gradient, will sort the overall ranking after 194k starting at Castro Marim.