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Team RusVelo to the 40th Volta ao Algarve

Today the Russian pro continental team RusVelo opens its road racing season in Europe. There is little opportunity to gradually warm up in the Tour of Algarve, a five day stage race featuring a whole variety of course types, including mountain top finishes and an individual time trial. The UCI category of the race, namely 2.1, definitely belies the highest level of competition. The Portuguese event is a very popular stopover in the calendar for the top names in pro cycling, including Alberto Contador, Tony Martin, Rui Costa and Marc Cavendish, among many others. After a tuff selection during a high-altitude training camp in Cyprus the sports director Sergey Honchar named the following riders for the line-up: Sergey Lagutin, Sergey Firsanov, Ilnur Zakarin, Artem Ovechkin, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Igor Boev and Sergey Klimov.

Renat Khamidulin, RusVelo team general manager: “It’s a very important race for us. And it is not by chance that we refrained from taking part in some early season events where the weather conditions make bike racing really dangerous. Our riders list is not that long, so it’s vital to do our utmost not to lose the guys for various health reasons. The Algarve is normally held in good weather, it is well balanced in terms of a reasonably demanding course and an indisputably high level of competition. Just have a look at the top names, and it will tell you the whole story. These World Tour teams don’t bring their key riders to Portugal just for a spin. On the other hand, that good balance I mentioned lets the riders to look for their top form without fighting for dear life on a daily basis. As to us, as long as we open the season relatively late, we just can’t make the Tour of Algarve a warm-up race, we need to race at the front from the word go and look for success. We’ve got some riders, especially Sergey Firsanov and Ilnur Zakarin, who have really good legs at the moment.”
Look up all the necessary information at the official web site of the race https://www.voltaaoalgarve.pt/

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