The range of international teams for the 48th Volta ao Algarve, which will be held between February 16th and 20th, 2022, is getting more and more complete. With four already announced there are now nine teams confirmed.
Among the five ProTeams confirmed at the Volta ao Algarve is the one that, in 2021, was the best ProTeam in the world. Alpecin-Fenix (Belgium), sixth in the teams world ranking will have its second participation in the Volta ao Algarve. In the first one, in 2020, they won the mountain classification, with Dries de Bondt.
A regular presence that we can also count on is Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Spain), which will make its 12th consecutive participation in the Volta ao Algarve. This team, which is also a usual gateway for Portuguese riders in the international peloton, will welcome portuguese cyclist Iúri Leitão in 2022.
There is another Spanish team also confirmed: Euskaltel-Euskadi. This will be their sixth participation in the race, the third consecutive. The team from the Basque Country represents one of the regions in Europe with the greatest passion for cycling.
The French Arkéa-Samsic made its debut in the Volta ao Algarve in 2021 and will return in 2022, after in its only participation winning at Alto do Malhão, with Élie Gesbert. In addition, the team managed to have three riders among the top 10 in the overall classification.
Rally Cycling (USA) is a team that competes regularly in Portugal and will add in 2022 its third participation in the Volta ao Algarve.
As already mentioned, besides these five ProTeams, four WorldTeams have already been confirmed: Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team (former Deceuninck Quick-Step), INEOS Grenadiers, Jumbo-Visma and UAE Team Emirates. The course of the 48th edition of the Volta ao Algarve will have two stages for sprinters, two high finishes and an individual time trial.