Tour news

Tour of the Algarve organisers have no plans to attempt to reclaim prize monies paid to Lance Armstrong during his 2004 presence here.

“He raised international awareness of the event,” race director Rogério Teixeira said. “It was him who asked to come here and his only condition was that the race was to include a time trial.”

That proved to be Armstrong’s only stage victory during the 2004 race which was won by Floyd Landis.

Elsewhere, the Australian and US governments are contemplating legal action against the fallen idol vis-à-vis monies paid for his appearances at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Tour Down Under and US Postal team sponsorship respectively.

Meanwhile Omega Pharma-Quick Step team mates Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin are the latest big names to confirm their presence alongside Sky duo Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in the Algarve next month.

Further confirmations for the February 14 to 17 event are Tiago Machado/Andreas Kloden (RadioShack), Theo Bos (Blanco Pro Cycling) and Liewe Westra (Vacansoleil).