Both in the Ruta del Sol and the Volta ao Algarve an individual time trial was scheduled today. At the Ruta that time trial was 11.9 kilometres long. The Belgian Victor Campenaerts set the best time. He was one second faster than Alejandro Valverde who takes over the leader’s jersey from Alberto Contador; also with one second. Tim Wellens finished seventh in the time trial at twenty seconds of Campenaerts.
At the Volta ao Algarve Jonathan Castroviejo was the fastest after 18 kilometres. He beat world champion Tony Martin by four seconds. Tony Gallopin got tenth, 21 seconds behind Castroviejo. Gallopin gained one place on GC and is now fourth at 55 seconds of Primoz Roglic. Tiesj Benoot gained two places on GC and is now eighth at 1’49”. He is still the best young rider.