Vincenzo Nibali and Bauke Mollema to lead Trek Segafredo at Volta ao Algarve
Feb 14 2020 11:59 pm CET

Vincenzo Nibali and Bauke Mollema to lead Trek Segafredo at Volta ao Algarve
Vincenzo Nibali and Bauke Mollema to lead Trek Segafredo at Volta ao Algarve

Trek-Segafredo is set to start in the Volta ao Algarve with a strong roster that will headlined by Vincenzo Nibali and Bauke Mollema.

The Portuguese five-day stage race will be held between the 19th and the 23rd of February and is known as one of the most challenging of the winter season. Trek-Segafredo will have two leaders, who have been doing altitude training in Teide, Spain, and this will also be the debut of Nibali with his new team.

"Although I have many season debuts behind me, doing it with a new team brings a touch of serene trepidation," said the Italian. "With the team, we agreed that the Volta ao Algarve arrives at the right time to start the season. It comes after an important workload, especially at Teide, and is ideal for those like me who don't need to hurry their debut. It will be a long season, and my first big goal is the Giro d'Italia. To reach my best condition there, I need to do it step by step, with a clear roadmap, and without excessive stress to the physique. Algarve is the perfect starting point.

"The stages have everything I need for my first feedback: two uphill arrivals, demanding routes, and a time trial. It's my first time in this race, I won't have any comparisons with past experiences, so it will be an interesting test. Honestly, to have ambitions of victory won't be easy, but no doubt I'll perform 100% to be useful to the team's ambition. We have started the season great, and now I want to make my contribution."

This will be the second Volta ao Algarve for Mollema, after the 2018 edition where he finished second in the Queen Stage and took the fourth overall position. "I can't wait to pin the number on my jersey again," explained the Dutchman. "The winter went in the best way, without any hiccups or problems, and I have fully recovered from an exciting but energy-intensive 2019 season finale. That's why we decided to postpone the debut compared to past years. We also added the camp at Teide, so I've done quite a lot of work in preparation.

"I like the Volta ao Algarve route as I think it suits me. The two uphill finishes are quite explosive, and I like the rolling time trial. It will be a good testing ground for my condition; I would like to do well, with the hope of continuing the team's excellent start of the season."

The team will fight for good GC classifications with the two leaders and try its chances in the sprint with Edward Theuns and Jasper Stuyven. "We'll be in Portugal with a strong and well-equipped team," said team director Steven de Jongh. "For Nibali and Mollema, we'll see day after day how much their current form allows them to lead with the first. I talked to them, and they are very motivated to start the season doing their best. We'll have an eye also on the classification and, considering the level of our competitors, I think a top-five placement can be a concrete goal, maybe even something more.

"For the sprint stages, we're going to play our chances with Theuns and Stuyven. For the final time trial, it will be interesting to see Nibali race with the Trek Speed Concept for the first time, and with Mollema and TT specialist Mullen, we can guarantee a good team performance. We want to give continuity to the good start of our season by aiming for a stage success."

Trek-Segafredo's roster for the Volta ao Algarve (February 19-23):

Vincenzo Nibali
Bauke Mollema
Jesper Stuyven
Edward Theuns
Koen de Kort
Ryan Mullen
Antonio Nibali




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