After the Volta a Valenciana and the Dubai Tour, team LottoNL-Jumbo will continue with two European stage races. A number of climbers start in the Ruta del Sol on Wednesday, February 15, and on the same day 300 kilometres west in Portugal, the sprint train races the Volta ao Algarve.
Volta ao Algarve
In the Volta ao Algarve, team LottoNL-Jumbo starts with the sprint train around Dylan Groenewegen. Compared with Dubai Tour, there are some changes. Lars Boom and Robert Wagner will join the train along
Primoz Roglic will join the team and race for general classification. The Slovenian placed third last year on the Alto da Fóia, which is the spot of the second stage in 2017. Roglic closed the 2016 edition fifth overall.
Groenewegen will have opportunities to sprint in the first and fourth stages, days that should suit a mass sprint. The third stage time trial covers 18 kilometres around Sagres. It will be an ideal opportunity for Roglic and Boom to show their TT legs.
Volta ao Algarve 15– 19 Februari 2017
Gijs van Hoecke
Patrick van Doorn
Niels van der Kuur
Vuelta a Andalucía, Ruta Ciclista Del Sol
When Algarve starts, so does the Vuelta a Andalucía Ruta Ciclista Del Sol – or simply the Ruta del Sol. The team’s young riders will debut here in Spain. Antwan Tolhoek and Floris Tier will race in the team’s yellow kit for the first time.
The Ruta del Sol will run over five days, much of it climbing. Despite the number of climbing metres, only the second stage ends uphill. After 178 kilometres the queen stage finishes at the Será la Peña del Águila.
The Belgian time trial specialists Jurgen Van den Broeck and Victor Campenaerts can enjoy themselves in the third stage, a time trial over 12 kilometres between Lucena and Cordoba.
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol 15-19 februari 2017
Jurgen van den Broeck
Floris de Tier
Grischa Niermann & Sierk Jan de Haan
Dirk van de Ven
Hans van Vianen
Piet de Vos