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Roche best placed Irish rider in Algarve after closing ITT

Posted 19 February 2012

By Cillian Kelly,

Nicolas Roche put in a solid performance in today's final stage time trial at the Volta ao Algarve finishing the 25.8km stage in 29th place which was enough to seal 14th place overall in his first stage race of the year.

The time trial was won by Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) who finished the stage a fraction of a second ahead of the world time trial champion Tony Martin (OmegaPharma-QuickStep).

While the Briton’s victory hinted at what is to come in this summer’s Olympics it was not enough to prise the overall victory away from his team-mate Richie Porte.

Wiggins started the stage with a 57 second deficit to overnight leader Porte, while Martin had just 50 seconds to make up.

But the impressive Tasmanian did enough to limit his losses to both Wiggins and Martin to just 13 seconds, wich was sufficient to maintain the overall lead and take the first stage race win of his career.

Philip Deignan (United Healthcare) ended the stage 2'51" behind Wiggins to finish the race 34th overall. Like Roche, this is a more than satisfactory start to his year as he attempts to impress at his new USA-based team.

Once again it was the Lithuanian Gediminas Bagdonas who put in the best performance for the An Post-Sean Kelly team as he finished 47th on the stage while the best overall finisher for the team was Pieter Ghyllebert who ended the race in 64th position.

Irish rider Ronan McLaughlin, who was taking part in his first competitive time trial since he finished ninth at last year's national championships, ended the stage in 100th position conceding 3'37" to the stage winner Wiggins. The 24 year-old finished the five stage race in 120th place overall.

This 14th place overall finish for Roche is a good result coming so early in the season and a perfect platform upon which to build ahead of the Spring classics campaign.


Stage Five - 25.8km TT

1. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Team Sky 32'48"
2. Tony Martin (Ger) OmegaPharma-QuickStep s.t.
3. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky at 13"
4. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 14"
5. Jesse Sergent (Nzl) RadioShack-Nissan s.t.
6. Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Beliosl at 29"
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 39"
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) OmegaPharma-QuickStep at 53"
9. Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Nor) Team Sky at 56"
10. Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Rabobank s.t.

29. Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1'27"
73. Philip Deignan (IRL) United Healthcare at 2'51"

An Post-Sean Kelly

47. Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) at 2'10"
60. Niels Wytinck (Bel) at 2'35"
66. Mark Christian (Gbr) at 2'42"
96. Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) at 3'30"
100. Ronan McLoughlin (IRL) at 3'37"

Final General Classification 2012 Volta ao Algarve

1. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 19:02:43
2. Tony Martin (Ger Omega Pharma-QuickStep at 37"
3. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr) Team Sky at 44"
4. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 50"
5. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 58"
6. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan at 1'02"
7. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 1'13"
8. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 1'14"
9. Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 1'33"
10. Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 1'39"

14. Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R-La Mondiale at 2'08"
34. Philip Deignan (IRL) United Healthcare at 4'17"

An Post-Sean Kelly

64. Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) at 9'03"
76. Mark Christian (Gbr) at 11'26"
114. Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) at 22'42"
120. Ronan McLoughlin (IRL) at 23'46"
133. Niels Wytinck (Bel) at 27'17"

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