Two stages with a mountain finish, two for sprinters and a time trial in the race program
The 47th Volta ao Algarve will take place between the 5th and the 9th of May, over 765.8 kilometers, spread over five stages, starting in Lagos and ending at the top of Malhão, in the municipality of Loulé.
Two stages have a mountain finish, others are suitable for sprinters and an individual time trial completes the «Algarvia» menu for 2021.
The inaugural run will be for sprinters, starting in Lagos and ending in Portimão, after covering 189.5 kilometers. The final part of the trip, along the coast, promises to offer fantastic images of the Algarve beaches.
Portimão, which has welcomed the start of the Volta ao Algarve, has not received an end of stage since 2012, the year when Bradley Wiggins imposed a time trial there, months before winning the Tour de France.
Arrival at Fóia on the second day
The second stage starts in Sagres, Vila do Bispo, and ends at the highest point in the Algarve, Fóia, in Monchique, after 182.8 kilometers. The undulating course translates into an accumulated climb of 4,100 meters and three mountains in the last 30 kilometers promise to warm up the fight for the overall, with the goal coinciding with a first-rate mountain prize.
The Fóia will be the first opportunity for candidates for the yellow jersey to show themselves, in a climb in which, in the last three years, the stage winner would also win the Tour, Michal Kwiatkowski, in 2018, Tadej Pogačar, in 2019, and Remco Evenepoel, in 2020.
On the third day, the sprinters will once again be called upon to take center stage, on a 203.1 kilometer journey that begins in Faro, travels through the interior of the leeward and the Algarve border area before ending in the heart of Tavira, a place of spectacular arrivals in platoon in the most recent editions of the race.
"Crono" from Lagoa in the fourth stage
The fourth stage will be very important in scaling up the overall classification. It is the time trial of Lagoa, which will have the same route, of 20.3 kilometers, already covered in the three most recent editions of the race.
The obstacle course is saved for the fifth and final stage, a 170.1 km connection between Albufeira and the top of Malhão, in the municipality of Loulé, where the goal coincides with a second category mountain prize.
The final stage has an accumulated climb of 3,280 meters, and a final hour of running that resembles a classic of the Ardennes, with a succession of demanding climbs, before the climb of Malhão (2.6 kilometers with an average incline of 9, 2 percent).
The rest of the climbs are made up of Reds (3.2 km to 5.9 percent, 43.1 km from the finish), Ameixeiras (1 km to 14 percent, 32.2 km from the finish line) and Alte (2, 1 km at 5 percent, 14 km from the end).
May 5: Lagos – Portimão, 189.5 km
May 6: Sagres – Fóia, 192.8 km
May 7: Faro – Tavira, 203.1 km
May 8: Lagoa – Lagoa, 20.3 km
May 9: Albufeira – Malhão, 170.1 km