Volta ao Algarve: GC Winner I would call the race a bit more difficult as in 2015. The Alto do Malhao climb remains and will end the race on the final day. But the 2nd GC deciding stage changed. Instead of a hilly route around Monchique at about 600m in height, the finish is further up around 1000m of height an ends on top of the Alto da Foia, which possibly makes the 2nd stage the toughest in 2016. 2 additional sprinter stages that possibly see the first Kittel vs. Greipel fight and a 18km ITT. Last years winner Geraint Thomas might be one of the big favourites yet again. Question is if his form is good enough to beat other top climbers on the long climb. Contador, Aru, Pinot, Uran to name some of his main opponents. At about the same time last year Contador was 2nd in Andalucia and he surely wants to be as successful as possible in his last ever season (most likely). Aru and Pinot already have some kilometers in their legs and also some results in the young season while Uran is riding his first race with Cannondale. Their are a lot more big names within the Another Rider pool such as Rodriguez, Amador, Pantano, Taaramae, Cardoso, Mendes, Machado and couple more.
Starting time (GMT): Feb 17 2016 07:00 Type: All vs. All Bids: 26 Outcome: THOMAS Geraint