Photo: Volta ao Algarve website

Volta ao Algarve returns with top teams and new time trial

Several top teams confirmed at Volta ao Algarve 2024

The 50th edition of the Volta ao Algarve cycling competition will take place from February 14 to 18, with several top teams confirmed to participate and a completely new time trial to be held in Albufeira.

Organisers have confirmed that the list of 25 participating teams will include the top five in the 2023 ranking: UAE Team Emirates, Visma|Lease a Bike, Soudal Quick-Step, INEOS Grenadiers and Lidl-Trek.

The five stages have also been announced, starting with the first which will be the longest and will see cyclists competing along a 200.8km route between Portimão and Lagos. The second stage (171.9km) will begin in Lagoa and end at the top of Fóia in Monchique, while the third (192.2km) will take place between Vila Real de Santo António and Tavira. The fourth stage will mark “the biggest innovation of the competition”: a 22.2km individual time trial between the Albufeira Marina and Albufeira Town Hall. The fifth and final 165.8km stage will begin in Faro, with the finish line at Alto do Malhão.

Last year’s Volta ao Algarve was won by Colombian rider Daniel Martínez (INEOS Grenadiers).

By Michael Bruxo

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