Cycling news

Stars of the saddle such as Taylor Hamilton, Oscar Sevilla, Francisco Mancebo and Xavier Tondo are amongst the field taking part in the 27th Tour of the Alentejo set to get underway in Vila Nova de Milfontes on April1.

Four professional teams in the top ‘Continental’ class are competing over the five days along with a further eight from the lesser tier amongst which will be locals Palmeira Resort/Tavira. Meanwhile it has been announced that the 2009 Tour of Portugal will not have its start in Portimao this year but on Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade.