Theo Bos wins stage two of Volta ao Algarve to take overall lead
Last Updated: February 16, 2013 2:58pm
Theo Bos: Handed Blanco a second successive stage win in Portugal
Theo Bos moved into the overall lead of the Volta ao Algarve by sprinting to victory on stage two.
The Blanco rider, who also claimed third place on Thursday's opening stage, beat Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Leopard) and Portugal's Bruno Sancho (Carmin - Prio) into second and third respectively.
He now holds a four-second race lead over German team-mate Paul Martens, the winner on stage one, and is eight seconds ahead of Nizzolo in third.
Britain's Mark Cavendish was not in the mix in the final stages and finished well down the field.
Earlier in the 195km day, which started and finished in Lagoa and took in the second-category climb of Fola, a 10-man breakaway group formed and opened up a gap of almost five minutes at its peak.
Several of the escapees were unable to maintain the pace and dropped off, but the remaining riders put up a valiant fight and were finally caught with just 4km to go.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step had led the chase, but it was Blanco who once again prevailed as Bos delivered them a second successive stage victory.
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco, 4:50.15; 2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Leopard, same time; 3 Bruno Sancho (Por), st; 4 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar, st; 5 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM, st; 6 Tom Leezer (Ned) Blanco, st; 7 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare, st; 8 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise, st; 9 Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia, st
1 Theo Bos (Ned) Blanco, 9:57.30; 2 Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco, +4secs; 3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Leopard, +8; 4 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Leopard, same time; 5 Hugo Sabido (Por) LA Aluminios - Antarte, +9; 6 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha, st; 7 Bruno Sancho (Por) Carmin - Prio, +10; 8 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural, +11; 9 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Saxo-Tinkoff, +12; 10 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM, st