Worsening coronavirus pandemic conditions in Portugal forced organizers to postpone the race, officials told teams Thursday morning, and they are hoping to reschedule in May.
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“Postponement is a difficult decision, but it has become inevitable, given the evolution of the pandemic situation in Portugal,” a press statement read.
Portugal is seeing a rise in coronavirus cases which rose to 40% on Wednesday from the previous day to a record 14,647 and the government pondering tougher lockdown measures to tackle the surge.
The Portuguese cycling federation have released new scheduled date from 5 to 9 May to carry out the 47th Volta ao Algarve. Although the recalendar depends on the consensus with the teams and with the partners involved in the event.
The cancellation of the Volta ao Algarve will see teams refocus on the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (February 17-21) in southern Spain, the Tour of the Alpes Maritimes and Var (February 19-21) and other races in France.