February 19, 2018
Sky wins in Algarve, Ruta de Sol goes Lotto Soudal's way, while Astana's Alexey Lutsenko takes the win in Oman
44th Volta ao Algarve
Sky went 1-2 at the 44th Volta ao Algarve with Michal Kwiatkowski finishing 1'31" ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas ater winning the final stage inot Malhão (Loulé) and overtaking the Welshman. BMC's Tejay Van Garderen rounded out the podium 2'16" down.
64th Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol
At the Ruta sel Sol, Tim Wellens gave Lotto Soudal the overall win. Wellens had taken the lead from Sky's Wout Pouls on Stage 4 after a solo win 5" ahead of Mikel Landa (Movistar). Wellens performance on the final stage, a 14.2km ITT, was enough for him to finish with an 8" advantage over Pouls, with Marc Soler (Movistar) in third spot at 27".
Sky didn't go away empty handed form the final stage, with David de la Cruztaking the win ahead of Andrey Amador and Staf Clement.
Tour of Oman
Alexey Lutsenko just needed to survive a bunch sprint finishon the sMatrah Corniche to secure teh Tour of Oman. The Kazah did just that, finishhing in 18th spot behind stage winner Alexander Kristoff.
Describing his feelings on the rave win Lutsenko said, "Now, after finish in Muscat I can say I am happy with my victory. It is so nice to win in your first race of the season! I did a lot of work this winter, it was my goal to be on form for the start of the season and, finally, I am here, at the podium as the winner. It was not a plan to try to win in Oman, but I felt really good the whole week here and also the team was absolutely fantastic! So, now I am coming back to Europe and already next weekend I will open my Classics season in Belgium. Despite this overall victory, the Classics are my biggest goal for the first half of the season, so I am really motivated to do it well,"
Final Results - 64th Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (2.HC)
Final Results - 44th Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta (2.HC)
Final Results - Tour of Oman (2.HC)