The 47th edition of the Volta ao Algarve, which will take place between the 17th and 21st of February, will be played by 25 teams, 14 of which from WorldTour, a record for the participation of collectives from the first division of international cycling.
"The quality of the organization, the international media coverage of the event, the excellent quality of the hotel industry in the Algarve and the security of the destination Portugal, particularly the Algarve, in times of pandemic justified an increased interest on the part of some of the main formations of the world circuit" refers to the organization of «Algarvia».
The selection of the platoon was based on “criteria of sporting quality, relevance of the teams for national cycling and representativeness of the main markets that emit tourism for the Algarve”.
Thus, the 12 WorldTour teams that participated in the 2020 edition of the race were chosen: Astana / Premier Tech (Kazakhstan), Bora-hangrohe (Germany), Cofidis (France), Deceuninck / Quick-Step (Belgium), Groupama / FDJ (France), INEOS / Grenadiers (Great Britain), Intermarché / Wanty / Gobert Matériaux (Belgium), Israel Start-Up Nation (Israel), Lotto Soudal (Belgium), Team DSM (Germany), Trek-Segafredo (USA) and UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates).
These will be joined in 2021 by Jumbo / Visma (Netherlands) and Movistar Team (Spain).
In this batch of 14 teams are the nine best in the collective world ranking of 2020.
Two ProTeams were also invited, the second international level: Caja Rural / Seguros RGA (Spain) and Rally Cycling (USA), two teams with a strong connection to Portuguese cycling, with frequent participation in much of the national calendar.
The organization of Volta ao Algarve will also invite the nine Portuguese continental projects: Tuna General / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel, Efapel, Feirense, Kelly / Simoldes / UDO, LA Alumínios / LA Sport, Louletano / Loulé Concelho, Rádio Popular / Boavista, Tavfer / Measindot / Mortágua and W52 / FC Porto. The national teams will have at the Volta ao Algarve, a ProSeries class event, an opportunity to measure strength with the best cyclists in the world.
The route is being closed and, according to the organization, it will be released soon, but “it will keep its usual characteristics, with stages for sprinters, climbers and counter-watchmakers, anticipating that the final winner can only be a complete runner”.
The health plan for the event is also in preparation, in order to promote a safe event, "as the cycling events have proven to be, both those that took place in Portugal in recent months and international races", concludes the statement.