Today the first stage of Ruta del Sol and Volta ao Algarve was scheduled. At the Ruta seven riders, including Tosh Van der Sande, got an advantage of maximum five minutes. When the peloton came close with 60 kilometres to go Van der Sande attacked at the front and got company of Sénéchal and Turek. In the run-up to the last climb of the day – the Monachil El Purche with top 18 kilometres from the finish – Van der Sande and the others got caught. On the climb Contador tried to jump away a few times, but Valverde didn’t let him. In the descent a front group of six was formed. In the sprint Valverde turned out to be the fastest. Jelle Vanendert got fifteenth.
At the Volta ao Algarve first five and later four riders had the day of their life. But they weren’t strong enough to win the battle against the sprint teams. In a hectic finale Lotto Soudal was well positioned to lead out André Greipel but he had to hold back two times in the last 250 metres. Fernando Gaviria won the stage.