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 We also have one peloton foot in the Algarve kicking off tomorrow. ;)
But for Roglic's intervention, the race has been something of a Sky benefit race in recent years.



Previous winners
2018 | KWIATKOWSKI Michał
2017 | ROGLIČ Primož
2016 | THOMAS Geraint
2015 | THOMAS Geraint
2014 | KWIATKOWSKI Michał

However, neither Little Flower or "Tubby" Thomas are on this year's startlist, so maybe it's time for a change.

The 45th edition of the Volta ao Algarve, the Portuguese 2.HC race,  will start in Portimão on February 20 and finish at the top of Malhão, a steep second category on February 24.
The route is similar to the previous years offering stages for all kind of cyclists along the 778,6 km with more than 12.000 meters of total elevation gain.

Stage 1:


Stage 2:


Stage 3:


Stage 4:


Stage 5:


I believe this is the finishing climb.


A dozen WT teams and some solid supporting cast are in attendance.
 
 #bora BORA - hansgrohe
 #ccc CCC Team
 #deceuninck Deceuninck - Quick Step
 #groupama Groupama - FDJ
 #lotto Lotto Soudal
 #didata Team Dimension Data
 #jumbo Team Jumbo-Visma
 #katusha Team Katusha - Alpecin
 #sky Team Sky
 #sunweb Team Sunweb
 #trek Trek - Segafredo
 #uae UAE-Team Emirates
 #cajarural  Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
 #cofidis Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
 #porto W52 / FC Porto
 #wanty Wanty - Groupe Gobert
 #efapel Efapel
 #aluminios LA Aluminios
 #boavista  Radio Popular Boavista
 #sporting Sporting Clube de Portugal/Tavira
And the jerseyless no longer jerseyless
 #louletano Ludofoods Louletano Aviludo
 #miranda Miranda - Mortágua
 #oliveirense UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
 #feirense Vito-Feirense-Pnb


 Maybe not the strongest GC line up in recent years, with big names opting to race further afield or not at all.
The pick of the bunch look to be Mas, Aru Konrad, Poels, Oomen and local boys Atunes and of course the mighty
Balarcón. :D The latter will probably end up as breakaway fodder, as in Valencia.
 
 The sprint competition is much stiffer, with Groenewegen, Ackermann, Jakobsen, Démare, Debusschere, Degenkolb and Philipsen all apparently en route.

Official site.
http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/home-2/



The race is also being shown live, each day on Eurosport, at the culmination of Andalucia.

Volta ao Algarve 2019 on Eurosport
February 20, Stage 1: 16:45 – 18:15 CET Live on Eurosport 1
February 21, Stage 2: 16:45 – 18:15 CET Live on Eurosport 1
February 22, Stage 3: 16:45 – 18:15 CET Live on Eurosport 2 & Repeat on Eurosport 1 at 21:30 CET
February 23, Stage 4: 16:45 – 18:15 CET Live on Eurosport 2 & Repeat on Eurosport 1 at 21:30 CET
February 24, Stage 5: 16:45 – 18:15 CET Live on Eurosport 2 & Repeat on Eurosport 1 at 21:30 CET

*UK viewers need to be aware that the Spanish race isn't being shown live on tv (player only) over the weekend and stage 2 has a later start time than the rest of Europe.
This is apparently down to our burning love of winter sports and in particular, the one we excel at: Ski jumping. :lol :fp



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    Certainly the lack of any GC riders with stand out TT talent (unless EBH suddenly counts!) does leave the field very open. Poels probably the favourite, but maybe an outsider can spring a surprise.
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    Certainly the lack of any GC riders with stand out TT talent (unless EBH suddenly counts!) does leave the field very open. Poels probably the favourite, but maybe an outsider can spring a surprise.

    It's a 5 stage race and not a grand tour, #bora Patrick Konrad can both TT (#8 at Innsbrück last year) and climb quite decently. I think he might compete for overall win here.
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    And the jerseyless Ludofoods Louletano Aviludo
                            Miranda - Mortágua
                            UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
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    And the jerseyless Ludofoods Louletano Aviludo
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                            UD Oliveirense/InOutbuild
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    And here they are:
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    Sorry about the wait for the results, but they weren't up at midnight, last night.
    Certainly the massive crash at 7 kms to go, that delayed two thirds of the peloton can't have helped.
    Amazingly, only Sky's Eddie Dunbar failed to finish and the tactic of keeping a team's GC rider at the front of the race saved the GC battle from disaster. Fabio Aru lost a minute, but the only big loser seems to have Patrik Konrad, who shipped over 4 minutes.
    The reduce bunch sprint saw Fabio Jakobsen finish comfortably ahead of Demare and Ackermann, with pre stage favourite, Dylan Groenewegen lost among the crash carnage.

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     Did Tadej Pogačar just out hype Remco Evenepoel?
    Not many would have given him any chance of taking the victory atop Alto da Foia, against the the likes of Poels and Mas, but the young man seems to have made the transition to WT level almost seamlessly.
     As for his more illustrious team mate, Aru, the less said the better, but he still seems to be in a career slump, dropped even before lesser climbers.
    Man of the match today must be Amaro Antunes, who with his team mate, Zoidel, attacked 40kms out on the penultimate climb, was caught 16kms from home, but was still there to initiate the final attacks and finish in the top 5.



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    Did Tadej Pogačar just out hype Remco Evenepoel?
    Not many would have given him any chance of taking the victory atop Alto da Foia, against the the likes of Poels and Mas, but the young man seems to have made the transition to WT level almost seamlessly.
     As for his more illustrious team mate, Aru, the less said the better, but he still seems to be in a career slump, dropped even before lesser climbers.
    Man of the match today must be Amaro Antunes, who with his team mate, Zoidel, attacked 40kms out on the penultimate climb, was caught 16kms from home, but was still there to initiate the final attacks and finish in the top 5.



    *cough* *cough* *cough*
    I don't think he outhypes Evenepoel, not by far, that is the worst I have seen in the cycling world - but last year the experts at this forum   :angel surely had decided that the Tour de'l Avenir was going to be won  by some Colombian guy with a good performance from a race in Romania on record. That rider was also much hyped for the world record in never ending up-to-world-tour transfer negotiations.
    I think #uae Pogacar has finally outhyped #sky Sosa.  Wouldn't you say so?   :shh

    By the way, it was a really cool stage from the #ccc showmen.
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     No surprises with today's stage winner, Stefan Küng, but maybe a few surprises with the performances of those battling out the GC. Certainly Sky's main men being slower than their young domestique, Tao Geoghegan Hart won't go unnoticed. Sam Oomen had a particularly bad day, while team mate, Søren Kragh Andersen enjoyed the opposite sensation.
     All of which resulted in overnight leader, Tadej Pogacar solidifying his position with an exceptional trial.





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     I haven't see the stage or result, yet, so I can't write a blurb on the stage, other than to say that Simon Gerrans guested as Eurosport's Rob Hatch's co-commentator.
    Other things were happening in Cardiff at the time, that had my undivided attention! :cool
    Nevertheless, here be the results.

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    If you can find the final 10 kms of that stage somewhere, it is really worth watching. The #jumbo Bee-train derailed and then fought back! Very intense sprint finish, best race I have seen this year.
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     The final stage of the Volta ao Algarve was a tense affair, taking the GC battle right down to the wire.
    After the first ascent of the Malhão climb, there was hardly a metre of flat ground and it wasn't long before Sky launched David de la Cruz up the road. Reacting to this, Søren Kragh Andersen seized the opportunity to go for broke, taking Zdenek Stybar along for the ride and the eventual stage win.
    Although the gap grew to the extent that Kragh Andersen held a significant 'virtual' lead, there was little panic behind, given the amount of effort that the Sunweb rider had to make before the final ascent of the Malhão.
    This time, the young leader, Pogacar, was put under severe pressure, first by an attack from Atunes, then more significantly by Mas and finally Poels. Displaying maturity beyond his tender years, the UAE prodigy held his nerve and tempo, to complete the climb and overall victory.

    Stage results:



    Final GC:

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    The racing (at least what I have seen from Algarve) this year has been really entertaining, both the hilly stages and the sprint yesterday. Better than Andalucia. Søren Kragh Andersen seems to be the kind of rider that is really strong but can't find the tactics or the race profiles to win as much as one could expect him to. He could go all in for the World Championships but then he'll have to get in front of Magnus Cort and Mikael Valgren, and that isn't easy. Otherwise I guess the Gent-Wevelgem could be a race for him?
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