Primoz Roglic denies Michal Kwiatkowski victory at the Volta ao Algarve
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 19/02/17 5:08pm
Michal Kwiatkowski finished second overall at the Volta ao Algarve, where there was a dream final stage win for Amaro Antunes.
The Team Sky rider needed to make up 22 seconds on race leader Primoz Roglic on the final stage but he could only finish one place ahead of his rival on the final climb to Malhao.
Kwiatkowski's team-mates led him into the final 4km climb, helping to pick up the remnants of a large breakaway group, but he was never able to break Roglic (Lotto-NL Jumbo).
However, both riders would have to play second fiddle to Antunes, who secured the first win of his professional career at the age of 26 for fourth division Continental team W52/FC Porto.
Antunes broke away inside the final 2km and finished 12 seconds ahead of Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Louletano) and Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal).
Former downhill skier Roglic, who claimed the lead in Friday's time-trial in Sagres, was securing the biggest stage race victory of his cycling career.
Kwiatkowski had been victorious in the Algarve race, won for the last two years by Britain's Geraint Thomas, back in 2014 when he was part of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad.