"I hoped for the stage win for a second" - Gijs Leemreize closes off Volta ao Algarve with a gutsy breakaway ride

Team dsm-firmenich PostNL was among the teams on the offense in the final stage of this year's Volta ao Algarve. After hectic start of the stage with seemingly everyone trying to jump in the breakaway, it was Gijs Leemreize representing the Dutch WorldTour team up front.

And the 24-year-old did so well, that he nearly found himself in the battle for stage victory on the slopes of Alto del Malhao. Leemreize showed no fear of more famous opponents in the front group, such as Wout Van Aert and Ben Healy, and only got caught by the favourites with finish in the sights, eventually crossing the line 12th on the day.

"The goal for us was to be in the break with as many possible riders as we could. That was the plan of almost every team though, so the jumping and attacking took quite long. We were in all the big groups and in the end I was in the right one with around 20 riders. At one point Van Aert and Healy jumped to our break. I was able to follow them and hoped for the stage win for a second, but on the final climb the GC group came back and I just couldn’t follow anymore," he expressed in press release.

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