The Volta ao Algarve is fast approaching, and Rally Cycling men's team is set to take on the five-day challenge, doing battle once again with several WorldTour teams. The race will take place May 5 through 9 in the country’s southernmost region of the Algarve.
The race is another opportunity for Rally Cycling’s men to take on some of the best teams in the world. 14 WorldTour teams will line up at the start, as well as two ProTeams and every Portugal-based Continental Team.
The 2021 Volta ao Algarve is the first edition that Rally Cycling has taken part in since 2017 when a roster led by a young Sepp Kuss took on the race which was eventually won by his now teammate, Primož Roglič. Other past winners include Geraint Thomas, Tadej Pogačar and Remco Evenepoel, which goes to show the event's caliber.
After a series of strong showings in the Tour of Turkey and Volta a Valenciana, the men will be ready to show their strength again at what promises to be a hotly contested five days of racing.
Stage by Stage (WATCH each stage from 10:30 am - 12 pm CDT Live on GCN+)
05/05 Stage 1 – Lagos - Portimão (189.5km) FLAT
With the finish in Portimão taking in the scenery of the Algarve’s best beaches, stage one looks set to be a day for the sprinters.
05/06 Stage 2 – Sagres - Fóia (Monchique) (182.2km) MOUNTAINOUS
Alto do Fóia, the region’s highest point and where stage two finishes. With over 4,000 meters of elevation gain, stage two will be one of the hardest days of the season for the guys.
05/07 Stage 3 – Faro - Tavira (203.1km) FLAT
Another sprinter’s stage comes up on stage three with a long day in the saddle before reaching the finish in Tavira. A chance to recover from the day before and prepare for stage four.
05/08 Stage 4 – Lagoa – Lagoa (20.3km ITT) HILLY TIME TRIAL
A tough individual time trial is served up on stage four, this is where the race can be won or lost. The hilly 20.3 km route around Lagoa has been included in the last three editions of the race.
05/09 Stage 5 – Albufeira – Alto Do Malhão (170.1km) HILLY
A day resembling an Ardennes classic with its series of steep climbs, the peloton will take on a total of 3,280 meters of climbing. Brutal.
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