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Kwiatkowski to Tour of Algarve for Title Defence

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Feb 17, 2015 – Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep), the 2014 world road race champion, heads to the south of Portugal on Wednesday to defend his Tour of the Algarve title.

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Kwiatkowski’s main rival in the five-stage-race, which runs until Sunday, is his own team-mate Tony Martin. The German time-trialist, who already claimed victories in the Algarve in 2011 and 2013, hopes to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey for the first time in 2015.

This year’s Algarve edition will see a total of 20 teams, including eight from the World Tour, compete alongside Richie Porte’s Sky and Tony Gallopin’s Lotto Soudal. The 41st running of the Tour of the Algarve features a summit finish on Saturday and one individual time trial on Friday.

Stages:

Wednesday: Lagos – Albufeira (166,7 km)
Thursday: Lagoa – Monchique (197,2 km)
Friday: Vila do Bispo – Cabo de S. Vicente, Sagres (19 km)
Saturday: Tavira – Alto do Malhao, Loulé (218,3 km)
Sunday: Almodovar – Vilamoura (184,9 km)