Volta ao Algarve: Michal Kwiatkowski takes lead after soloing to victory on stage two
Last Updated: 21/02/14 9:54am
Michal Kwiatkowski has made a flying start to the season
Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski moved into the lead of the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal after soloing victory on stage two.
The Omega Pharma - Quick-Step rider attacked at the top of the final climb of the day, around 7km from home, and although Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Eduard Prades (OFM-Quinta da Lixa) all set off in pursuit, they were unable to catch the in-form 23-year-old.
He crossed the line in Monchique six seconds ahead of runner-up Costa and third-placed Contador to secure his second win of the season, and now leads the general classification by four seconds.
Costa is second overall, with Contador rising to third place, 12 seconds back.
Kwiatkowski said afterwards: "It was really hard to get to the line, but I arrived and I am very happy with this victory. Algarve is only my second race this season and I'm thrilled as I have done a lot of work to get here."
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step), who won the race in 2011 and 2013, was dropped earlier in the stage and after losing more than ten minutes, he is now out of the running for a third victory.
Kwiatkowski will look to defend his lead on stage three's 13.6km individual time trial from Vila do Bispo to Sagres.
Stage two result
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 4:57:57
2 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, +6secs
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, same time
4 Eduard Prades (Por) OFM-Quinta da Lixa, +7
5 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ, +17
6 Sergei Chernetskiy (Rus) Katusha, same time
7 Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida, st
8 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo, st
9 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar, st
10 Edgar Pinto (Por) LA Aluminios-Antarte, st
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 8:49:33
2 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, +4secs
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, +12
4 Eduard Prades (Por) OFM-Quinta da Lixa, +16
5 Edgar Pinto (Por) LA Aluminios-Antarte, +27
6 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, same time
7 Sergei Chernetskiy (Rus) Katusha, st
8 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar, st
9 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha, st
10 Chris Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida, st