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The 2014 Volta ao Algarve was the 40th edition of the Volta ao Algarve cycling stage race. It was rated as a 2.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour, and was held from 19 to 23 February 2014, in Portugal.[1][2][3]

2014 Volta ao Algarve
Race details
Dates19–23 February
Stages5
Distance689.9 km (428.7 mi)
Winning time16h 29' 57"
Results
Winner  Michał Kwiatkowski (Poland) (Omega Pharma–Quick-Step)
  Second  Alberto Contador (Spain) (Tinkoff–Saxo)
  Third  Rui Costa (Portugal) (Lampre–Merida)

Points  Rui Costa (Portugal) (Lampre–Merida)
Mountains  Valter Pereira (Portugal) (Banco BIC–Carmim)
Sprints  César Fonte (Portugal) (Rádio Popular)
  Team Lampre–Merida
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The race was won by Omega Pharma–Quick-Step rider Michał Kwiatkowski – taking the first stage race win of his career[4] – after taking the race lead with a solo stage victory[5] on the second stage; he further extended his lead in the following day's individual time trial,[6] before holding his lead to the end of the race. Kwiatkowski's winning margin over runner-up Alberto Contador of Tinkoff–Saxo was 19 seconds,[7] and world champion Rui Costa (Lampre–Merida) completed the podium, 13 seconds down on Contador and 32 seconds in arrears of Kwiatkowski.[8] Contador won the queen stage of the race on the penultimate day, to the Alto do Malhão,[9] while Costa finished second on three stages, and finished as the best-placed Portuguese rider.

Portuguese cyclists were prominent in the race's other classifications.[10] Costa's consistent finishing allowed him to take home the green jersey as the winner of the points classification,[8][10] while Banco BIC–Carmim's Valter Pereira and Rádio Popular's César Fonte held the lead from start to finish of the mountains and sprints classifications respectively.[10] Costa's Lampre–Merida squad were the winners of the teams classification,[8] after Chris Horner also finished inside the top ten overall and Sacha Modolo took a stage victory on the opening day.[11]

Contents

Race overviewEdit

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 19 February Faro to Albufeira 160 km (99.4 mi)   Flat stage   Sacha Modolo (ITA)
2 20 February Lagoa to Monchique 196 km (121.8 mi)   Hilly stage   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)
3 21 February Vila do Bispo to Sagres 13.6 km (8.5 mi)   Individual time trial   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)
4 22 February Almodôvar to Loulé (Alto do Malhão) 164.5 km (102.2 mi)   Mountain stage   Alberto Contador (ESP)
5 23 February Tavira to Vilamoura 155.8 km (96.8 mi)   Flat stage   Mark Cavendish (GBR)

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

19 February 2014 — Faro to Albufeira, 160 km (99.4 mi)
Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Sacha Modolo (ITA) Lampre–Merida 3h 51' 46"
2   Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida s.t.
3   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step s.t.
4   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
5   Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert s.t.
6   Arnaud Démare (FRA) FDJ.fr s.t.
7   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte s.t.
8   Daniel Schorn (AUT) NetApp–Endura s.t.
9   Alexey Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha s.t.
10   Juan José Lobato (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1   Sacha Modolo (ITA)    Lampre–Merida 3h 51' 36"
2   César Fonte (POR)   Rádio Popular + 1"
3   Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 4"
4   Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 6"
5   Luís Afonso (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 6"
6   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Team Europcar + 10"
7   Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 10"
8   Arnaud Démare (FRA) FDJ.fr + 10"
9   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 10"
10   Daniel Schorn (AUT) NetApp–Endura + 10"

Stage 2Edit

20 February 2014 — Lagoa to Monchique, 196 km (121.8 mi)
Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 4h 57' 57"
2   Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 6"
3   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo + 6"
4   Eduard Prades (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa + 6"
5   Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 17"
6   Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 17"
7   Chris Horner (USA) Lampre–Merida + 17"
8   Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 17"
9   Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP) Movistar Team + 17"
10   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 17"
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 8h 49' 33"
2   Rui Costa (POR)   Lampre–Merida + 4"
3   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo + 12"
4   Eduard Prades (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa + 16"
5   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 27"
6   Rubén Fernández (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 27"
7   Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 27"
8   Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP) Movistar Team + 27"
9   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 27"
10   Chris Horner (USA) Lampre–Merida + 27"

Stage 3Edit

21 February 2014 — Vila do Bispo to Sagres, 13.6 km (8.5 mi), individual time trial (ITT)
Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 14' 03"
2   Adriano Malori (ITA) Movistar Team + 11"
3   Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 13"
4   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo + 20"
5   Alex Dowsett (GBR) Movistar Team + 25"
6   Jan Bárta (CZE) NetApp–Endura + 28"
7   Rick Flens (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 29"
8   Thomas De Gendt (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 30"
9   Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 30"
10   Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 33"
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 9h 03' 36"
2   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo + 32"
3   Rui Costa (POR)   Lampre–Merida + 38"
4   Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 1' 00"
5   Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 1' 03"
6   Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 1' 08"
7   Rubén Fernández (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 1' 20"
8   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 1' 23"
9   Chris Horner (USA) Lampre–Merida + 1' 24"
10   Eduard Prades (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa + 1' 25"

Stage 4Edit

22 February 2014 — Almodôvar to LouléAlto do Malhão, 164.5 km (102.2 mi)
Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo 4h 02' 08"
2   Rui Costa (POR)   Lampre–Merida + 3"
3   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 10"
4   Eduard Prades (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa + 13"
5   Tiago Machado (POR) NetApp–Endura + 14"
6   Chris Horner (USA) Lampre–Merida + 14"
7   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 16"
8   Pello Bilbao (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 16"
9   Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 16"
10   Sergey Firsanov (RUS) RusVelo + 16"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 13h 05' 50"
2   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo + 16"
3   Rui Costa (POR)   Lampre–Merida + 29"
4   Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 1' 10"
5   Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 1' 29"
6   Rubén Fernández (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 1' 30"
7   Eduard Prades (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa + 1' 32"
8   Chris Horner (USA) Lampre–Merida + 1' 32"
9   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 1' 38"
10   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 1' 41"

Stage 5Edit

23 February 2014 — Tavira to Vilamoura, 155.8 km (96.8 mi)
Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1   Mark Cavendish (GBR) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 3h 24' 10"
2   Arnaud Démare (FRA) FDJ.fr s.t.
3   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
4   José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
5   Sacha Modolo (ITA) Lampre–Merida s.t.
6   Alexey Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha s.t.
7   Danilo Napolitano (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert s.t.
8   Igor Boev (RUS) RusVelo s.t.
9   Tom Leezer (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
10   Yoann Offredo (FRA) FDJ.fr s.t.
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1   Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)   Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 16h 29' 57"
2   Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff–Saxo + 19"
3   Rui Costa (POR)   Lampre–Merida + 32"
4   Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 1' 13"
5   Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 1' 32"
6   Rubén Fernández (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 1' 33"
7   Eduard Prades (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa + 1' 35"
8   Chris Horner (USA) Lampre–Merida + 1' 35"
9   Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 1' 41"
10   Edgar Pinto (POR) LA Alumínios–Antarte + 1' 42"

Classification leadership tableEdit

Stage Winner General classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Sprints classification
 
Points classification
 
Portuguese classification Teams classification
1 Sacha Modolo Sacha Modolo Valter Pereira César Fonte Sacha Modolo César Fonte Lampre–Merida
2 Michał Kwiatkowski Michał Kwiatkowski Rui Costa Rui Costa
3
4 Alberto Contador
5 Mark Cavendish
Final Michał Kwiatkowski Valter Pereira César Fonte Rui Costa Rui Costa Lampre–Merida

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjUyNzM=
  4. ^ "Two Victory Day for OPQS! Cavendish Wins the Sprint, Kwiatkowski the GC!". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. 23 February 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
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  6. ^ "Michal Kwiatkowski extends lead with stunning stage three TT win". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Alberto finished second in Algarve". Tinkoff–Saxo. Tinkoff Sport. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Modolo 5° a Vilamoura, Rui Costa 3° nella classifica finale" [Modolo 5th in Vilamoura, Rui Costa 3rd in the final standings]. Lampre–Merida (in Italian). CGS Cycling Team AG. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Contador wins Algarve stage atop Alto do Malhao". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "First win of 2014 for Cavendish in Volta ao Algarve". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
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