The next edition of the Volta ao Algarve, Portuguese race promoted to the ProSeries category, will take place between February 19 and 23, 2020, ending in Lagoa with a time trial, which has not happened since 2013.
The 46th edition of «Algarvia», has already defined the starting and finishing places of the stages, highlighting an electrifying weekend, with two decisive stages.
The race, which in 2019 was won by UAE Team Emirates Tadej Pogačar, kicks off again from Portimão, the start of a long run that ends in Lagos on 19 February. A sprint finish is expected, following a goal that has seen Fernando Gaviria, Dylan Groenewegen and Fabio Jakobsen win.
On the second day comes the first turning point, in the journey between Sagres and Alto da Fóia, in Monchique, one of the most demanding stages ever ending at the highest point in the Algarve, with the runners having to climb Alferce and Pomba, before Fóia.
The Dove is a climb of 3.9 kilometers with an average slope of 7.1 per cent, the summit of which in 2020 will be only 7 kilometers from the start of the climb to Fóia (8 kilometers to 6.3 per cent). By 2019, the Dove was located 29.3 kilometers from Fóia's base, hoping that by 2020 it could be more decisive in selecting candidates.
The 3rd stage, on February 21st, is a new opportunity for sprinters, in a trip with about 200 kilometers, between Faro and Tavira.
The 2020 edition of the Tour of the Algarve has two decisive stages for the last two days, inviting fans to spend a long weekend in the Algarve, because the Tour of the Algarve ends on Carnival Sunday.
The fourth run will connect Albufeira to the top of Malhão (2.5 kilometers with an average slope of 9.9 percent) on Saturday, February 22.
The final circuit, between the first pass in Malhão and the end of the race, will be, in 2020, shorter than usual, about 20 kilometers.
"Placing the Loulet ascent on the eve of the time trial is an incentive for attack cycling, as everything will be more open than in the past," the organization said.
The final accounts will be settled in Lagoa, in an individual time trial of 20.3 kilometers, to be disputed on the same route of last year's individual exercise. Lagoa will also host, on February 23rd, the Algarve Granfondo, a mass event in which around 1,000 participants are expected.