Tour of the Algarve

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The bicycle race 'Volta ao Algarve' (Tour of the Algarve) attracts the participation of the world’s greatest cycling stars and is transmitted live to all of Europe by Eurosport.

The Volta ao Algarve, which in 2017 rose to the category of 2.HC of the International Cyclist Union is contested by World Tour teams, which include many international cycling figures, most notably renowned time trialists and sprinters.

The 49th edition of the tour,  including an individual time trial, covers over 700 kilometres and is spread over five stages throughout the region’s roadways. In this race, the Algarve showcases its assets as a world-class tourist destination for various activities. It is a region with excellent natural conditions and landscape features, cycling routes and a large assortment of hotels, culture, history and cuisine.

As has become customary and a key ingredient in attracting the best teams and international cyclists, the route includes stages for all tastes. Besides the individual time trial, there will be two stages with an uphill finish and two stages predictably for sprinters.

The temperate climate in the Algarve in February, the variety of the course and its demands, with a total climbing accumulation of the five stages of 14,600 metres, make the Volta ao Algarve the first clash of titans of the international peloton each season.

Portimão will once again host the grand start of the Volta ao Algarve. The first stage leaves from the city of Portimão and takes the peloton along a 200.2-kilometre course to finish in Lagos, which will consecrate the race's first yellow jersey.

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