Geraint Thomas holds second on Volta ao Algarve GC as Marcel Kittel takes stage four

The Sky man held his position behind overall leader Tony Martin as Kittel sprinted to his second victory of the race

(Image credit: Watson)

Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) sprinted to his second stage victory of the 2016 Volta ao Algarve as Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) made retained second behind overall leader Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep).

After two early categorised climbs on the 194km stage, the race always seemed destined to finish in a bunch sprint as breakaways early and late were never allowed to gain much more than a couple of minutes over the peloton, as Etixx in particular looked to protect their overall lead and set things up for Kittel.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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