This Friday, the third stage of the Tour of Algarve (2.Pro, 16-20/02) offered a new opportunity to the sprinters in Faro at the end of a stage of 211 kilometer. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux aimed high with sprinter Alexander Kristoff, even though his lead out Andrea Pasqualon did not start after his crash downhill in the second stage.
The former European champion thus benefited from the protection of his five teammates, who then prepared the bunch sprint once all difficulties were behind the back with 20 kilometer to go. Frenchman Adrien Petit brought Kristoff to the front of the peloton underneath the red flag. The Norwegian rider sprinted to fourth place on a slightly uphill road. His compatriot Sven Erik Bystrøm (5th) and German rider Georg Zimmermann (12th) are well positioned in the provisional classification with two decisive stages left: an individual time trial of 32 kilometer on Saturday and a finish on top of Alto de Malhao on Sunday.