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Hilly finishes offer more chances immediately for Eddie Dunbar

Posted on: February 19th, 2019

Eddie Dunbar Team Sky Volta Algarve

After showing flying form in France, Eddie Dunbar is back in action immediately for Team Sky this week. He’s part of a strong team line-up and facing into two finishes in particular that will really suit him (Photo: Kim Caritoux)

 

Having put in arguably the ride of his career to date in France last weekend, Eddie Dunbar is  right back in action again this week.

He is part of a seven-man Team Sky line-up taking on the Volta ao Algarve which gets underway tomorrow.

And with plenty of climbing to be negotiated over the five-day race in Portugal, Dunbar should get more chances to take his first pro win.

He came very close on the final stage of Tour de la Provence last Sunday when he drove along a two-man escape with David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) in his wheel.

The young Frenchman was one place higher than Dunbar overall in 6th, though on equal time with him.

And had Gaudu ridden with the Irishman after they had a lead of over 10 seconds in the closing kilometres, he had most to gain.

Unfortunately he only gave Dunbar token assistance and the two were caught just inside the final kilometre.

However, Dunbar had ridden very strongly over the three road stages of the race and he can relish going into the race in Portugal.

He claimed 5th, 10th and 13th on the three road stages, making the small select group on the second and third stages before his aggressive ride on the final day.

And for his efforts he was 7th overall, just 15 seconds down on outright winner Gorka Izagirre (Astana); a great ride to get the season underway.

 

Team Sky chooses strong selection

Also in the Team Sky line-up for Algarve are: David de la Cruz, Wout Poels and Tao Geoghegan Hart, among others.

With Dunbar having emerged as team leader in France last week it will be interesting to see what happens in Portugal.

The Team Sky selection for Algarve is stronger than last week’s team, but Dunbar is clearly in very good form.

And it seems like he is already ready to take his place in the top flight of the sport and press for big results immediately.

There are climbing finishes to the stages on day two and five; at Fóia and Malhão.

Team Sky will have several cards to play but 22-year-old Dunbar will be one of them.

Last year Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas were 1st and 2nd overall in the race for Team Sky.

Dunbar must tackle the stage 3 TT in Lagoa, some 20.3km of racing. It is not as flat as the opening test in France last week and it may suit Dunbar slightly better.

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