Kyle Murphy captured his second stage win in Volta a Portugal, distancing his 17 breakaway companions during the mountaintop finish on stage 8 to claim victory.
Murphy’s teammate Ben King also won stage 7 and finished runner-up on stage 8, making this the most successful European stage race in the Rally team’s history.
“Two is amazing, shocking, I’m over the moon,” said Murphy. “I love racing in Portugal. It’s a gigantic race, the fans are incredible, and there’s good weather.”
“The attitude in the peloton is really relaxed until it’s go time,” added Murphy. “Then, we race really really hard. I like it.”
In the general classification, W52-FC Porto has seized power. Amaro Antunes finished tenth in the stage standings and is now the new leader, 14 seconds ahead of Alejandro Marque. Behind that, Frederico Figueiredo is third at 18 seconds.
Último quilómetro da 8ª Etapa da Volta…
Kyle Murphy (Rally Cycling) é o vencedor da 8ª Etapa da Volta a Portugal Santander!
É a segunda vitória do norte americano de 29 anos na Volta. Ganhou também em Castelo Branco. Equipa Rally Cycling já soma três vitórias nesta competição. pic.twitter.com/sXueR4Pmxo
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