Volta ao Algarve 2019 feb 20 - 24

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Offical Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/@VAlgarve2019

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.
The start will be in Portimão, 2019 European City of Sport, which has not received the competition since 2012. It will the longest stage of the race, with 199.1 kilometers to Lagos. It is expected to be a sprint finish, in the same place where, in the last two years, Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenwegen won.
Edit - start list according to offical website at http://voltaaoalgarve.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Final-Start-List-45ª-Volta-ao-Algarve-2019.pdf

Stage 1
PORTIMÃO/ LAGOS – 199,1 km

TV times according to the offical website -
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
Eurosport also have the rights to distribute the live coverage to the whole world. In 2018 the race was seen live in 120 countries.
In Portugal, TVI24 will broadcast the last kilometers of each stage. The news and reportages about the Volta ao Algarve will be broadcast in TVI24 and in the main channel TVI.
Other stage profiles

Stage 2 ALMODÔVAR/ ALTO DA FÓIA – 187,4 km 21/02/2019 – Thursday

Stage 3 LAGOA / LAGOA – 20,3 km (Individual Time Trial) 22/02/2019 – Friday

Stage 4 ALBUFEIRA / TAVIRA – 198,3 km 23/02/2019 – Saturday

Stage 5 FARO / ALTO DO MALHÃO (LOULÉ) – 173,5 km 24/02/2019 – Sunday
5 man break - 2 min 30 sec lead after 69 km -
Pedro Paulinho (Efapel), David Ribeiro & Marvin Scheulen (LA Alumínios-LA Sport), José Mendes (Sporting-Tavira) & Rafael Lourenço (UD Oliveirense/InOutBuild).
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TourOfSardinia said:
sir fly said:
Maybe the turquoise's forbidden in Algarve...
I think I'll start an HR agency called Slave Market. I bet response will be monstrous.
Abbreviation's self-explanatory.
-16km Gruppo molto compatto
what's this with Slaves?
Bots yes but slaves in cycling? ;)
BTW that's no way to treat a RHD.
Yeah, you're most probably right. RhD would let them all free and give sandwiches and water.
Maybe Slav Market is more appropriate... For the foreign market, at least.