Volta ao Algarve – Stages 1 and 2

photo: José António Fernandes

Some big names are in the south of Portugal for the Volta ao Algarve which is underway from Feb.17th-Feb.21st. It’s a five day tour covering 726km with one mountain stage and won TT in the final day. This race is also serving as the first of the season for Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer. Other names attending are Sammy Sanchez, Luis Leon Sanchez, Andre Greipel and Heinrich Haussler.

Stage one was a relatively flat 158km circuit with a few hills that was taken by Benoit Vaugrenard after a little early action from Contador himself.

Today’s stage two was won by Andre Greipel (again) in a short sprint over Jurgen Roelandts and Samuel Sanchez.

Stage 1 results:
1 Benoit Vaugrenardv (Française Des Jeux)____4:10:42
2 Joan Horrach (Katusha)___________________:03
3 André Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia)_________:05

Stage 2 results:
1 André Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia)_________6:06:39
2 Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)_____st
3 Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)_________:04

General classification after stage 2
1 André Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia)__________10:17:12
2 Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux)_______:05
3 Jurgen Roelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)______:08


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