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Kwiatkowski Doubles in Volta ao Algarve

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Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski tightened his grip on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Volta ao Algarve after winning the third stage time trial on Friday. The Omega-Pharma team rider took his second stage win in a row by completing the 13.6-kilometer race in 14:57, 11 seconds clear of Italian Adriano Malori. The Polish champion extended his lead in the overall standings over his nearest rival, Alberto Contador to 32 seconds. Local hero and world champion Rui Alberto Costa only managed 12th in the time trial and fell to third place overall, 38 seconds behind Kwiatkowski.

“I had a good rhythm immediately,” Kwiatkowski said. “This morning I performed recon of the stage, and the last part of the stage three times as it was the most technical. My Specialized Shiv was perfect. The work we did with the team and Specialized working on the details of the time trial paid off today. Together with Specialized we worked a lot oin the wind tunnel, on the track in Valencia, and in Mallorca to find the best bike position for me as well as my teammates. It was my first TT today and I could feel the difference.”

Saturday’s penultimate stage, a 164.5-kilometer climb to the top of Alto do Malhao, is likely to go a long way to deciding who triumphs in the Algarve.

Volta ao Algarve Stage 3
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/Omega Pharma) 14:57
2. Adriano Malori (ITA) @ :11
3. Tony Martin (GER) @ :13
4. Alberto Contador (ESP) @ :20
5. Alex Dowsett (GBR) @ :25

General Classification After Stage 3
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma), 9:03:36
2. Alberto Contador (ESP) @ :32
3. Rui Costa (POR) @ :38
4. Alexandre Geniez (FRA) @ 1:00
5. Sergei Chernetski (RUS) @ 1:03