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Carnival and Cycling

This week in Sagres Carnival and Cycling……..

The carnival parade was a success we may not have had the weather of Brazil but the spirit was definitely seen in Sagres. People came from all over the west of the Algarve to see the colourful floats driving down the main high street. There was an assortment of different dancers in a variety of amazing fancy dress. All with one purpose to have fun!

Sagres is the starting point for the 2nd stage of the Algarve tour bike race “Volta ao Algarve” on Thursday 15th February. The start of the race is scheduled for 12 noon in the Fortaleza (fort) parking. They will be racing to Foia at the top of the Monchique mountains. The route in total will be 187.9 km.

The bike race consists of 5 stages that will run from 14-18th February. There are 175 cyclists pre-registered including many of the top names in the world of cycling. The squad will consist of 13 World Tour teams, 3 continental professional teams and nine Portuguese teams. Among the registered cyclists are 19 out of the world top 80 cyclists. Two of these are from the top 10 being Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), who is eight in the ranking and Belgians Philippe Gilberts (Quick-Step Floors) who is tenth in the ranking. The cycle race will be broadcast to more than 50 countries. The coverage will be shown on the Eurosport and in Portugal by TVI24.

It is a fantastic event for Sagres as it is great for the promotion of the area, since this event is shown both nationally and internationally. The Volta ao Algarve is organised by the Cycling Association of the Algarve and the Portuguese Cycling Federation and has the support of the Vila do Bispo City Council. All the latest information regarding the bike race is constantly being updated on this website update