2018 Volta ao Algarve
The 2018 Volta ao Algarve was a road cycling stage race that took place in the Algarve region of Portugal between 14 and 18 February 2018. It was the 44th edition of the Volta ao Algarve and was rated as a 2.HC event as part of the UCI Europe Tour.
|2018 UCI Europe Tour|
|Dates||14–18 February 2018|
|Distance||773.5 km (480.6 mi)|
|Winning time||18h 54' 11"|
Twenty-five teams participated in the race: 13 UCI WorldTeams, 3 UCI Professional Continental teams and 9 UCI Continental teams, forming a field of 173 riders. Each team had a maximum of seven riders:
UCI Professional teams
UCI Continental teams
|1||14 February||Albufeira to Lagos||192.6 km (119.7 mi)||Flat stage||Dylan Groenewegen (NED)|
|2||15 February||Sagres (Vila do Bispo) to Fóia (mountain)||187.9 km (116.8 mi)||Mountain stage||Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)|
|3||16 February||Lagoa to Lagoa||20.3 km (12.6 mi)||Individual time trial||Geraint Thomas (GBR)|
|4||17 February||Almodôvar to Tavira||199.2 km (123.8 mi)||Flat stage||Dylan Groenewegen (NED)|
|5||18 February||Faro to Alto do Malhão||173.5 km (107.8 mi)||Medium mountain stage||Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)|
|Stage 1 result
|General classification after Stage 1|
|Stage 2 result
|General classification after Stage 2|
|Stage 4 result
|General classification after Stage 4|
|Stage 5 result
|General classification after Stage 5|
Classification leadership tableEdit
In the 2018 Volta ao Algarve, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers at intermediate sprints and at the finish of mass-start stages, the leader received a yellow jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2018 Volta ao Algarve, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.
Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a red jersey. In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 10 in a mass-start stage. For winning a stage, a rider earned 25 points, with 20 for second, 16 for third, 13 for fourth, 10 for fifth, 8 for sixth, 6 for seventh, 4 for eighth, 2 for ninth and 1 for tenth place. Points towards the classification could also be accrued at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a blue jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.
The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey. This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1995 were eligible to be ranked in the classification. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.
|Étape||Vainqueur||General classification||Mountains classification||Points classification||Young rider classification||Team classification|
|1||Dylan Groenewegen||Dylan Groenewegen||João Rodrigues||Dylan Groenewegen||Sam Oomen||Quick-Step Floors|
|2||Michał Kwiatkowski||Geraint Thomas||Benjamin King||Michał Kwiatkowski|
|3||Geraint Thomas||Team Sky|
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