Rosseler Secures First Team RadioShack Victory
Team RadioShack's Sebastien Rosseler earlier today won the 4th stage of the 2010 Volta ao Algarve / Tour of Algarve in Portugal.
Team RadioShack's Sebastien Rosseler earlier today won the 4th stage of the 2010 Volta ao Algarve / Tour of Algarve in Portugal. The Belgian was the strongest rider and claimed his stage win after a solo effort over 28 kilometers in a demanding stage. In Tavira he had 58 seconds advantage to 5 others riders who had been part of his original breakaway.
Rosseler was not present in an early breakaway, but jumped to the front riders after 40 K of racing. With his companions Iljo Keisse, Preben Vanhecke, Egoi Martínez, Mickael Delage and Imanol Irviti he managed to stay in the front the entire day. The six got a maximum advantage of 5-minutes, 10-seconds. Team Astana and HTC-Columbia chased and drew closer but then Rosseler attacked. Nobody could follow the hard rider from Belgium. He took up to 54 seconds. Delage was the fastest rider of the former breakaway group. The peloton finished at 3 minutes.
"What a surprise!" Sebastien Rosseler commented after the finish. "Yesterday I felt so tired, but this morning I was motivated again. I intended to work for Tiago Machado and Levi Leipheimer, to keep them out of the wind but then I saw the opportunity to jump to the breakaway. This was maybe a chance to help the Team to a first victory of the season. We all expected a mass sprint but as Gert Steegmans is not here any more, we knew we had to take other initiatives. I dedicate this victory to Gert anyway. I hope he will get ready for the first races in Belgium next weekend. I am so happy. Thanks to my Team Directors."
"I told Séba to attack as the peloton was coming closer," Team RadioShack sports director José Azevedo commented. "It was better to attack when the gap was still 3 minutes than when it was 1 minute. It was hard for Séba, but he is so strong."
"Never give Rosseler 100 meter advantage. You will not catch him," sports director Dirk Demol stated. "We saw that he was the strongest rider uphill. With fast guys like Delage and Keisse, we could not take any risk. What a strong guy Rosseler is! The course was very hard, but he impressed us the whole day. I think we have not yet seen the best of him. Séba is one of our key riders for the 2010 classics. I think he will be ready for it."
Team Astana's Tour de France winner Alberto Contador still leads the race overall before tomorrow's decisive individual time trial.