Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has won the five-stage Volta ao Algarve for his fourth career stage-race victory.
The Welshman held a 27-second lead going into the final stage – won by German Andre Greipel – and stayed out of trouble to secure overall victory.
Thomas, who had led the race after winning stage two, said: “I don’t get to win very often so it’s really nice.”
The 28-year-old’s victory came on the same day that Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the Ruta del Sol in Spain.
Thomas’s only other stage-race wins had been in the Bayern-Rundfahrt, which he won in both 2011 and 2014 and the Fleche du Sud in 2006.
He added: “You look at the previous winners and there are a lot of strong guys there. There’s a lot of strong teams here too.
“We’ve got a big month ahead with Paris-Nice and the classics. The form seems to be building nicely so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”
1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky), 19hr 46min 13sec
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Etixx-QuickStep) +27sec
3. Tiago Machado (Por/Katusha) + 1min 11sec
4. Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) + 1min 14sec
5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana) + 1min 18sec
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Britain’s Geraint Thomas broke away to victory in stage two of the Tour of the Algarve and took the overall race leader’s yellow jersey.
Team Sky rider Thomas won the 197km run from Lagoa to Monchique by 19 seconds from Estonia’s Rein Taaramae, with Valerio Agnoli of Italy third.
The Welshman has a 30-second lead overall, with Taaramae second and Czech Zdenek Stybar third at 33 seconds.
Friday’s third stage is a 19km individual time-trial.
The cyclists will ride from Vila do Bispo to Cabo de Sao Vicente in Sagres.
1. Geraint Thomas (GBR) 4hr 59min 13sec
2. Rein Taaramae (EST) at 19sec
3. Valerio Agnoli (ITA) 23.
1. Geraint Thomas (GBR) 9hr 12min 56sec
2. Rein Taaramae (EST) at 30sec
3. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) 33sec
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Wales’ Geraint Thomas won the Commonwealth Games road race in dramatic fashion as he survived a puncture with six kilometres to go.
Thomas had broken away earlier on the final lap, and had enough time in hand to change the wheel and resume his victory charge with a 20-second lead.
The 28-year-old then powered clear once more to win in pouring rain in Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Jack Bauer edged out Scott Thwaites of England on the line to claim the silver medal.
Thomas becomes the first man from Wales to win a Commonwealth Games cycling gold medal, although Louise Jones and Nicole Cooke won golds in 1990 and 2002 respectively.