The 43rd Volta ao Algarve, that takes place from the 15th to the 19th February, is a race where some of the most important international stars of the sport will fight for glory on the roads of the south of Portugal and that will be lively broadcasted in 55 countries by Eurosport.
The Volta ao Algarve, which in 2017 was promoted to category 2.HC of International Cycling Union, will be contested by 12 UCI World Tour teams: Astana (CAZ), Bora-hansgrohe (GER), Cannondale-Drapac (EUA), Dimension Data (RSA), FDJ (FRA), Katusha-Alpecin (SUI), Lotto NL-Jumbo (NED), Lotto Soudal (BEL), Movistar (ESP), Quick-Step Floors (BEL), Team Sky (GBR) and Trek-Segafredo (EUA).
The 43rd Volta ao Algarve will be attended by 25 teams and the peloton can have 200 riders, the maximum allowed by the regulations. There will be many international stars including renowned classic specialists and time trialists such as John Degenkolb, Jasper Stuyven and Giacomo Nizzolo from Trek-Segafredo or Sep Vanmarcke, Taylor Phinney and Wouter Wippert from Cannondale Drapac.
The race will have five stages and cover a total of 772 kilometers. The first stage, 182,9 Km from Albufeira to Lagos is expected to be the first battle between the sprinters. The second stage will leave from Lagoa to arrive 189,3 km later at the top of Fóia, the highest point of Algarve, at 900 meters from the sea level. The climbers and the cyclists that want the final yellow jersey should be in the first places. The third stage is an individual time trial, 18 km around Sagres. The sprinters will have the second and last chance to shine on the fourth stage, 203,4 km from Almodôvar to Tavira. The race will end with 179,2 km from Loulé to the top of Malhão, a short but steeper climb. Arriving first counts as a second category mountain, and the race will be decided here.
With this competition, the Algarve will demonstrate its qualities as a tourist destination of excellence for cyclists, in all its various aspects. It is a region with great natural attractions and landscapes, offering cycling routes and great hotels, culture, heritage and gastronomy.
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