Sky dominated the 38th edition of the Volta ao Algarve, as three of their riders won stages and they held the yellow jersey for all but the opening day. Australian Richie Porte, formerly of Saxo Bank, won the queen stage on Friday to move into the overall lead and comfortably defended his position to register his first major stage race victory.
Hoping – and possibly praying – for warmer weather, the riders head for southern Spain and the 58th edition of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista de Sol. It starts today (Sunday 19th February) and takes place over five days, finishing on Thursday. Many of the teams and riders robbed of racing kilometres in Challenge Mallorca will be taking part, keen to test their legs ahead of key races such as next month’s Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.