THOMAS ESCAPES TO VICTORY

Geraint Thomas leapt to the top of the standings at the Volta ao Algarve by escaping to a stunning solo victory on stage two. Thomas latched onto Rein Taaramae’s wheel when the Astana rider attacked the final climb of the day, and then blew his rival away as he crested the summit and powered on for his first win of the season. The Welshman crossed the line with a 19-second cushion over Taaramae, with the Estonian’s team-mates Valerio Agnoli and Luis Leon Sanchez leading a reduced peloton home four seconds later.

Geraint Thomas leapt to the top of the standings at the Volta ao Algarve by escaping to a stunning solo victory on stage two.

Thomas latched onto Rein Taaramae’s wheel when the Astana rider attacked the final climb of the day, and then blew his rival away as he crested the summit and powered on for his first win of the season.

The Welshman crossed the line with a 19-second cushion over Taaramae, with the Estonian’s team-mates Valerio Agnoli and Luis Leon Sanchez leading a reduced peloton home four seconds later.