Mark Cavendish wins final stage of Tour of the Algarve

Manx Missile Mark Cavendish takes first victory of the year as team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski wins overall

Mark Cavendish wins Stage Five of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve from FDJ's Arnaud Demare and Bryan Coquard (Europcar)
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) secured his first win of the season, taking the victory on the final stage of the 2014 Tour of the Algarve on Sunday.

Cavendish took the bunch sprint ahead of French duo Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Bryan Coquard (Europcar).

It was a double celebration for Omega Pharma-QuickStep after Michal Kwiatkowski also topped the general classification.

Kwiatkowski finished the race 19 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and 32 seconds ahead of world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) in third.

Results
Tour of the Algarve 2014, stage five: Tavira to Vilamoura, 155.8km
1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 3-24-10

2. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ

3. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Europcar

4. Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar

5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida

6. Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha

7. Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert

8. Igor Boev (Rus) Rusvelo

9. Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin

10. Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ all same time

Final overall classification

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep in 16-29-57

2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 19 secs

3. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida at 32 secs

4. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ at 1-13

5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 1-32

Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning Stage Five of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve from FDJ's Arnaud Demare and Bryan Coquard (Europcar)

Mark Cavendish on the podium after winning Stage Five of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve from FDJ's Arnaud Demare and Bryan Coquard (Europcar)
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) - Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida) - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) on the podium after Stage 5 of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) - Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Lampre - Merida) - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff - Saxo) on the podium after Stage 5 of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador wins Tour of Algarve stage four

Michal Kwiatkowski retains overall lead after placing third behind Alberto Contador on mountain stage

Michal Kwiatkowski smashes ITT to extend lead at the Tour of Algarve

Michal Kwiatkowski solos to win Tour of the Algarve stage two

Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider Michal Kwiatkowski holds off the charging Alberto Contador and world champion Rui Costa after bold attack

Sacha Modolo continues winning streak in Tour of the Algarve

Lampre-Merida sprinter Sacha Modolo wins opening stage of the 2014 Volta ao Algarve

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.