Ryan Mullen of Cannondale-Drapac on stage 1 yesterday; he, Philip Deignan and Dan Martin face as a huge test at the end of stage 2.
The Irish riders may not have featured in the robust sprint that decided the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve yesterday but Dan Marin, Philip Deignan and Ryan Mullen will face a huge test at the end of stage 2 today.
The opener was decided in a bunch sprint won by Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) from André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis); Gaviria taking no prisoners in the sprint.#
Today’s stage 2 is just under 190km long, with a 9km climb at the finish that can hopefully suit Martin and Deignan (Team Sky).
With Martin’s team mate having won the opening stage and the Irish rider in the race with the intention of aiming for the hilly stages and the general classification, he can hopefully step up today and put himself right in contention for the overall.
Deignan has also been performing very well so far this season and it should be very interesting to see how he rides today.
For Mullen, the climbs will not suit him but Friday’s pan flat 18km stage 3 should be right up his street.
Stage 1: Albufeira-Lagos (182.9km)
1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 4:28:31
2 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
5 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
6 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
7 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
8 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
9 Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
97 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
143 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
191 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:53