Kwiato time trials up to second

17 Feb 2017

Kwiato time trials up to second

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Michal Kwiatkowski moved up to second overall at the Volta ao Algarve after a strong performance in the stage three time trial.

The Pole set the fourth fastest time, stopping the clock in 21 minutes and 29 seconds, five seconds off stage winner Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar).

He now sits 22 seconds behind new race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), who just pipped Kwiatkowski to the podium. Time trial world champion Tony Martin claimed second.

The third last rider to go, Kwiatkowski attacked the 18km course and dug deep inside the final cobbled kilometre to secure his top-five finish. Compatriot Lukasz Wisniowski also impressed, finishing 13th, 34 seconds back on Castroviejo, and Gianni Moscon followed his team-mate home in 15th.

Overnight race leader Dan Martin finished 74th and slipped out of contention as the general classification was shaken up with two days to go in Portugal.

Sport Director Gabriel Rasch praised Kwiatkowski’s ride, explaining that the team thought Castroviejo would indeed be the danger man.

He said: “He did a really good time trial. To produce nearly the same time as Castroviejo is impressive - he was the one guy we were most worried about.

“Lukasz and Gianni were strong today too - they both produced really good rides."
Gabriel Rasch

Gabriel Rasch

On Sunday anything is possible - it will be a hard climb up to the finish, so for sure Kwiato could still win it.
With two days to go in southern Portugal Rasch is optimistic about Kwiatkowski’s chances of overhauling Roglic, while he revealed that Wisniowski will once again be targeting tomorrow’s sprint stage.

He added: “As a group everyone has been riding well and they’ve done everything they can for Kwiato. Tomorrow is a sprint stage, but Sunday will be the GC day for sure, and anything is possible - it will be a hard climb up to the finish, so for sure Kwiato could still win it. 

“Lukasz will try again tomorrow if everything is OK with Kwiato. Pretty much all the sprinters are here so it’s not easy, but I think his sprint on the first day was pretty impressive.”

Wisniowski produced a strong ride to finish 13th

Wisniowski produced a strong ride to finish 13th

Stage 3 results:
1. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) 21:24
2. Tony Martin (Katusha) +4"
3. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +5"
4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +5"

Overall standings:
1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 9:36:29
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +22"
3. Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) +36"

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