João Rodrigues snatches Volta ao Algarve victory from Ethan Hayter after punishing final climb

Arkéa-Samsic's Élie Gesbert won the final stage of the Portuguese race

Ethan Hayter at the 2021 Volta ao Algarve
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João Rodrigues snatched the Volta ao Algarve victory from Ethan Hayter after a punishing final climb of the race that was won by Élie Gesbert of Arkéa-Samsic. 

The W52-FC Porto rider was 12 seconds shy of overnight leader Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) and the 26-year-old was stronger than the young Briton in the crucial last few kilometres that were characterised by their steepness. 

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.