Road

Forster wins Algarve opener

Gerolsteiner sprinter Robert Förster opened his account for the 2008 season with a sprint victory in the first stage of the five-day Tour of Algarve in southern Portugal. Förster out-kicked Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) in a bunch sprint with German veteran Erik Zabel (Milram) coming through third in the 164km stage from Albufeira to Faro. Förster will wear the leader’s jersey going into Thursday’s 189.5km stage from Lagoa to Lagos.

Gerolsteiner sprinter Robert Förster opened his account for the 2008 season with a sprint victory in the first stage of the five-day Tour of Algarve in southern Portugal.

Förster out-kicked Tomas Vaitkus (Astana) in a bunch sprint with German veteran Erik Zabel (Milram) coming through third in the 164km stage from Albufeira to Faro.

Förster will wear the leader’s jersey going into Thursday’s 189.5km stage from Lagoa to Lagos.