The Classics specialists will get some race kilometers in the legs at the 43rd Volta ao Algarve in South-Portugal, which runs from Wednesday February 15 to Sunday February 20.
The race includes an individual time trial on stage three, and four road stages. Stage two will be the most testing, with a category one summit finish following a category two climb only ten kilometers before.
The Volta ao Algarve will be Taylor Phinney’s debut in Green Argyle and Ken Vanmarcke’s first appearance as Cannondale-Drapac DS, teaming up with his brother Sep, who is part of our eight-man line-up.
Vanmarcke said: “The Algarve is a nice area, with great roads and mostly perfect weather. The level of this race goes up every year, which makes it very interesting to compete here. We will go for a good GC with Davide Villella, who is also capable of winning one or two stages, and a bunch sprint win by Wouter Wippert.”
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The Volta ao Algarve will be shown daily on Eurosport between 5.00 and 6.00PM CET.
Cannondale-Drapac for Volta ao Algarve:
Alberto Bettiol (ITA)
Sebastian Langeveld (NLD)
Ryan Mullen (IRL)
Taylor Phinney (USA)
Dylan van Baarle (NLD)
Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)
Davide Villella (ITA)
Wouter Wippert (NLD)