News – World Champion for Algarve


World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski heads the Etixx – Quick-Step line up for the Volta Algarve stage race whilst Swift, Thomas & Fenn are the Brits in the race

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News – World Champion for Algarve

World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski heads the Etixx – Quick-Step line up for the Volta Algarve stage race.


The event is over 796.7km and is an up-and-down race every stage. There is an undulating 19km ITT on Stage 3, from Vila do Bispo to Cabo de Sao Vicente. UCI World Road Champion Michal Kwiatkowski makes his return as defending champion, and having also placed 2nd in the 2013 edition.

“I think I came to Algarve every year since I’ve been a professional,” Kwiatkowski said. “This is a well organized race, with good stages, good weather, and a short time trial. So it is good to race here. As for me, this race will be another step towards the first big appointments of my season”.

“After Tour de San Luis I had three good weeks of training in Calpe, and everything is going as expected. But of course as the last winner of the race I will try to do my best to be in the actions maybe a few times. But in any case here we have a great team with Tony Martin, Gianni Meersman, and Zdenek Stybar for example. They are all good riders. The team is also in a good mood after nine road victories after only the very beginning of the season. Let’s see what we can do, but as a team we will try to make a mark also in Algarve.”

Other riders down to the race from Britain include Andy Fenn, Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift whilst other international stars include Andre Greipel, Richie Porte and Tour of Britain winner Dylan van Baarle.

Quickstep riders
Michal Golas (POL)
Michal Kwiatkowski (POL)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Tony Martin (GER)
Gianni Meersman (BEL)
Zdenek Stybar (CZE)
Petr Vakoc (CZE)
Julien Vermote (BEL)


18.02.15 Stage 1 Lagos – Albufeira 169.6 km
19.02.15 Stage 2 Lagoa – Monchique 197.7 km
20.02.15 Stage 3 Vila do Bispo – Cabo de Sao Vicente 19.5 km (ITT)
21.02.15 Stage 4 Tavira – Alto do Malhao 218.3 km
22.02.15 Stage 5 Almodovar – Vilamoura 191.6 km

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