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  1. Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) took his first win of the season at the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve after a crash with seven kilometres to go wrecked the chances of some of his big-name sprint rivals.

    Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates) was the first to jump in the sprint and even though he gained a small gap in the final few hundred metres, the move served as a launching pad for the patient sprinters and Jakobsen had the power to o clear and crossed the line ahead of Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) in second and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in third.

    Jakobsen’s victory also secured him the first leader’s jersey as the race heads into stage 2’s 187km from Almodovar to Foia.

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    It wasn’t a smooth run-in to Lagos, however, as the crash with seven kilometres to go caused mayhem among the peloton. A touch of wheels near the front of the field caused the crash and wound up taking down some of the top sprinters including favourites Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), who won this stage last year, and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). It also caused splits in the field that amounted to between one- and two-minute gaps in stage results and the overall classification.

    The race continued on without them and Groupama-FDJ, Lotto Soudal, Bora-Hansgrohe pushed the speeds toward the finish in Lagos.

    Trek-Segafredo shifted their focus from Degenkolb to Edward Theuns over the final rollers, but Deceuninck-QuickStep led through the final kilometre and into the final 500 metres. UAE Team Emirates and Bora-Hansgrohe pulled up alongside the powerful Belgian team, and even though Consonni ignited the bunch sprint, he was quickly overtaken by Jakobsen, Demare and Ackermann, and forced to settle for fourth.

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  2. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) has made a solid start towards winning a second Vuelta a Andalucia after the Belgian repeated his 2018 victory on the difficult hilltop finish of Alcala de los Gazules.

    Wellens launched a powerful counterattack with 120 metres to go, just as a late acceleration by recent Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana winner Ion Izagirre (Astana) petered out on the ever-changing cobbled gradients of the finishing ascent.

    Thanks to his powerful late acceleration, Wellens crossed the line with a useful five seconds advantage on Astana duo Jakob Fuglsang and Izagirre, whilst Mitchelton-Scott’s Jack Haig came home in fourth in the same time. The remainder of the peloton was shattered by a ferociously fast finale and the tough, kilometre-long, uphill finish in the town in western Andalucia, meaning Wellens has claimed an solid early lead overall.

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    “Of course I knew the final from last year and I was in a good position at its foot, but the team did very well, too, in the last kilometres” Wellens said after claiming the 25th win of his career.

    “I started following wheels at the foot of the climb, but then went for it with 200 metres to go and nobody could come after me.”

    The winner of the 2018 Vuelta a Andalucia as well as on the stage to Alcala de los Gazules last year, Wellens has already tasted victory this season, at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, part of the Challenge Mallorca series. However, he went down with a viral infection afterwards, could not train for a week, and said in a team press release on Tuesday that Andalucia’s GC may not be such a big goal in 2019 as it was in 2018.

    How it unfolded

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  3. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) set up his second consecutive overall victory at the Tour of Oman by winning the queen stage on the slopes of Green Mountain.

    The Kazakh national champion beat Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie), who was in the early break of the day, by seven seconds on the barren mountaintop finish, with Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) third at 11 seconds. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) was fourth at 19 seconds.

    As Lutsenko crossed the finish line he again pointed to the sky. After recovering from his huge effort, he thanked his Astana teammates via radio.

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    Thanks to his third stage win of the race, Lutsenko has tightened his grip on the leader’s red jersey with just one stage left to race, having already won two stages in this year’s edition. He now leads Pozzovivo by 44 seconds, with Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) third overall at 47 seconds.

    Thursday’s 135.5km sixth stage is from Al Mouj Muscat to the Matrah Corniche, where the riders cover three circuits before the expected final sprint finish.

    How it happened

    The stage to Green Mountain is always about the climb to the finish line, which is fixed 5.7km up the twisting road to the mountain resort in the Oman desert, with an average gradient of 10 per cent.

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  4. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) won the mass sprint on the fourth stage of the Tour of Oman, beating Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) and Clement Venturini (AG2R La Mondiale). It was the first win of the season for both Colbreli and Bahrain Merida.

    Alexey Lutsenko, finishing within the field, easily retained his overall lead. Van Avermaet moved up a place to second at 14 seconds, while Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) dropped to third at 19 seconds.

    The shortest stage at 131km, which had a slightly uphill finish, was marked by a long break with the last three riders riders caught in only the final kilometres.

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    How it happened

    The race got off to a tough start as teams fought to be in the day's breakaway, but after 16km Nathan van Hooydonck (CCC Team), Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin) and Darwin Atapuma (Cofidis) finally got away. They were then joined by Damian Gaudin (Direct Energie) and Jeremy Leveau (Delko Marseille Provence). Together they built up a gap of up to four minutes over the peloton.

    Boswell was the man of the day in the break, wiping up all the mountain and sprint points along the way. The difficult course had four ranked climbs, including two times over the Al Jabal Street climb at just over midway.

    Leveau struggled and lost contact the second time around, and he was not the only one in difficulties. A group including sprinters Andre Greipel (Arkea Samsic), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept – B&B Hotels) were dropped and had to fight to get back into the field.

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  5. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) won his second consecutive stage at the Tour of Oman and took the overall race lead in Qurayyat on stage 3 after attacks and echelons made for a tough day in the saddle.

    Lutsenko gave the Astana team its fifth victory in just four days after success at the Vuelta Murcia, the Tour de la Provence and Miguel Angel Lopez’s overall victory at the Colombia 2.1 stage race.

    Lutsenko won the Tour of Oman in 2018 and seems on form achieve that again. On Sunday, he attacked on the last climb and held off the chasers. On Monday he attacked in the final part of the 2.8km climb to the finish, opening a gap and winning a second ahead of Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) was third, also at one second, with Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) fourth on the same time.

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    Stage 1 winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) was distanced with two kilometres to go and so Lutsenko pulled on the race leader’s red jersey. He now holds an 18-second advantage over Herrada, with Van Avermaet third at 20 seconds.

    The Tour of Oman is expected to be decided on Green Mountain on Wednesday.

    How it happened

    The 192km stage rolled out from Shati al Qurum near Muscat with a breeze blowing in from the sea, a clear sign that echelons could be a problem on the exposed roads of the long loop near Qurayyat to the south.

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