2016 Volta ao Algarve

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2016 Volta ao Algarve
UCI Europe Tour
Race details
Dates17–21 February 2016
Distance742.9 km (461.6 mi)
Winner  Geraint Thomas (GBR) (Team Sky)
  Second  Ion Izagirre (ESP) (Movistar Team)
  Third  Alberto Contador (ESP) (Tinkoff)

Points  Marcel Kittel (GER) (Etixx–Quick-Step)
Mountains  Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS) (Gazprom–RusVelo)
Youth  Tiesj Benoot (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)
  Team Team Katusha
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The 2016 Volta ao Algarve was a road cycling stage race that took place in the Algarve region of Portugal between 17 and 21 February 2016. It was the 42nd edition of the Volta ao Algarve and was rated as a 2.1 event as part of the UCI Europe Tour.

The race was won by defending champion, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

The race consisted of five stages. Two of these were summit finishes, while the third was an individual time trial.


The race organisers invited 24 teams to start the race. Twelve of these were UCI WorldTeams; four were UCI Professional Continental teams; eight were UCI Continental teams. Each team could include up to eight riders.[1]

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

UCI Continental teams


The race includes five stages. The first stage is moderately hilly, with a flat finish. It is followed by a summit finish on the second stage, with the climb of the Alto da Foía, the highest point in the region. The climb has not been used in the Volta ao Algarve since 2002. There is then a flat, 19-kilometre (12 mi) individual time trial on the third stage. Another moderately hilly stage follows on the fourth stage. The fifth and final stage ends with the climb of the Alto do Malhaõ, traditionally the decisive point in the race.[2][3]

Stage schedule[2]
Stage Date Route Distance Type Winner
1 17 February Lagos to Albufeira 163.6 km (102 mi) Hillystage.svg Hilly stage  Marcel Kittel (GER)
2 18 February Lagoa to Alto da Foía 198.6 km (123 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Luis León Sánchez (ESP)
3 19 February Sagres to Sagres 19 km (12 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
4 20 February São Brás de Alportel to Tavira 215.7 km (134 mi) Hillystage.svg Hilly stage  Marcel Kittel (GER)
5 21 February Almodôvar to Alto do Malhaõ 169 km (105 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Alberto Contador (ESP)


Stage Winner General classification
A yellow jersey
Mountains classification
A blue jersey
Youth classification
A white jersey
Points classification
A green jersey
Teams classification
1 Marcel Kittel Marcel Kittel Kamil Gradek Sebastián Henao Marcel Kittel Movistar Team
2 Luis León Sánchez Luis León Sánchez Luis León Sánchez Héctor Sáez Luis León Sánchez Caja Rural–Seguros RGA
3 Fabian Cancellara Tony Martin Geraint Thomas Tiesj Benoot Marcel Kittel Team Katusha
4 Marcel Kittel
5 Alberto Contador Geraint Thomas Alexandr Kolobnev
Final Geraint Thomas Alexandr Kolobnev Tiesj Benoot Marcel Kittel Team Katusha


  1. ^ "Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta - General Classification (start list)". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 15 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Volta ao Algarve - General Classification (stages)". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 15 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (15 February 2016). "Volta ao Algarve: Contador, Thomas, Pinot and Kwiatkowski clash in Portugal". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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