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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
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The five-day Volta ao Algarve in Portugal, upgraded to a 2.HC event next year, announced its 2017 route The43rd edition of the race will have a similar distribution as this year, with stages for sprinters, time trial specialists and climbers. The February date makes it a tradition first race for many stage race specialists.
The Alto do Malhao climb.
The 180.3km opening stage from Albufeira to Lagos is set for the sprinters, but is followed by a second stage that climbs the Alto da Fóia, the first test for the GC contenders.
The third stage will again be the 18km flat individual time trial around Sagres. This is followed by the longest stage at 203,4 kilometers from Almodôvar to Tavira, but the mostly flat route will be another for the sprinters.
The final stage of the race is from Loulé to the top of the Malhão climb, 2.8 km long summit finish with an average gradient of 8.9 percent. The last 41.5 kilometers of the stage includes three climbs. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) won the stage this year, with Geraint Thomas (Sky) winning the overall.
Ten WorldTour teams are already confirmed for the 2017 race.
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