7 years ago by Sam Wiebe

Highs and Lows | Volta Alentejo

Rally Cycling continued its European campaign last week tackling the Volta Alentejo (UCI 2.1) in Portugal. Throughout the five-day stage race the team was aggressive and rode well. Despite its aggression and teamwork, the race ended with a mix of highs and lows.

The team rode aggressively in the first stage of the Volta Alentejo with Matteo Dal-Cin powering a two-man break that at one point gained 11 minutes on the peloton. With the first leader’s jersey on the line, the teams of Movistar and Caja Rural joined forces and reeled in the duo with 50 kilometers remaining in the stage.


Colin Joyce powered through the streets of Portel, Portugal, to finish third in stage two of the Volta Alentejo. Joyce crossed the line just behind Johim Arisen and WorldTour rider Carlos Barbero.


Stage three saw the team’s fortune take a turn for the worse as both Brandon McNulty and Colin Joyce suffered hard falls. McNulty suffered a cracked pelvis while Joyce endured a bruised lung. Both riders will need time to recover but will be back on the bike within a few weeks.


Rob Britton and Evan Huffman put in huge rides during stage four of the Volta Alentejo. They were in a breakaway of four riders from kilometers 30 to 158, before dropping their breakaway companions and team time trialing another 15 kilometers. Their effort cracked many teams, but they were reeled in with just 2 kilometers remaining.


The final stage saw the team continue to be aggressive with Adam de Vos infiltrating the day's breakaway. Unfortunately with the run into Évora ideally suited the sprinters, the peloton never allowed the break to get too far up the road.