Remco Evenepoel won the second stage in the Tour of the Algarve on Thursday. The Belgian top talent came first on top of a difficult arrival uphill. Fabio Jakobsen lost his leader's jersey.
Twenty-year-old Evenepoel jumped away from the favorite group in the final kilometer. Maximilian Schachmann was still in the pursuit, but the German just missed the stage. Daniel Martin finished third.
Evenepoel also takes over the leader's jersey from Jakobsen, who sprinted to victory in the opening stage on Wednesday. The Dutch champion had to release from the pack quite early.
The second stage led the pack over almost 184 kilometers from Sagres to Alto da Fóia. The finish was more than 7 kilometers in the first category with an average increase of 6 percent.
Mathieu van der Poel, who is riding his first race of the season in Portugal, was able to join the final climb for a while, but had to let the favorite group go 4 kilometers from the finish.
A hill ride is planned for Friday in the Tour of the Algarve. The Portuguese cycling round lasts until Sunday and ends with an individual time trial.
Gonzalo Serrano booked his first victory in the Ruta del Sol. (Photo: Getty Images)
Spaniard Serrano surprised in Ruta del Sol
In the Ruta del Sol, Spaniard Gonzalo Serrano took off the stage victory surprisingly. The 25-year-old rider from Caja Rural-Seguros played solo in the second stage, which traveled 198 kilometers from Seville to Iznájar, to win on a nasty climb.
Serrano jumped about a kilometer from the finish on the climb with out of the pack and kept the competition just behind him. His countryman Juan José Lobato sprinted to second place in two seconds, ahead of Dylan Teuns.
Jakob Fuglsang finished sixth and kept his leader's jersey after winning the opening stage on Wednesday. The Danish title defender, who is under fire because of doping rumors, is six seconds ahead of Mikel Landa. Dylan Teuns is third on 23 counts.
The Ruta del Sol continues on Friday with a difficult mountain trip. The Spanish cycling round ends on Sunday with an individual time trial.
See also: The cycling calendar of 2020