This year’s Volta ao Algarve is held between the 5th and 9th of May after it was delayed from its original date in February. The Portuguese race is part of the UCI Europe Tour with 25 teams taking part in it. Including top sprinters like Sam Bennett and Pascal Ackermann who are favored to win the first stage in the 2021 Volta ao Algarve betting predictions.
The 47th edition of the Volta ao Algarve will run over 775,8 kilometers, between Lagos and Alto do Malhao. It is held this year on a later date instead of February which also means that different riders are taking part in it. We can still find top cyclists in the field though. From UAE rider Rui Costa to Danish champion Kasper Asgreen who has already won two races this season. Both of them can fit in the list of the previous top climber winners like Alberto Contador, Primoz Roglic or last year’s winner, Remco Evenepoel. But in the first stage the focus will be on the sprinters who are likely to race at the finish line after the 189,5km.
2021 Volta ao Algarve betting predictions favor Bennett to win Stage 1
The UCI WorldTeam of Deceuninck Quick-Step will bring a strong squad to Portugal. Including Sam Bennett, Davide Ballerini and Fabio Jakobsen, who is slowly returning to racing after his serious accident last summer. The Dutch cyclist can be a big help though to his teammate, Bennett, to win the sprint stages. Like the first one on Wednesday where the Irish cyclist is the top favorite of online sportsbooks in Portugal with the odds of 1.616. Bennett has already won five stages this season in the 2021 Paris-Nice and UAE Tour and seems to be in great form. But even he can be beaten as we could see in the 2021 Scheldeprijs where Jasper Philipsen defeated him.
Now his biggest rival can be German Pascal Ackermann who finished 3rd in the one-day classic of Brugge-De Panne. He was also 6th in the Scheldeprijs this season. The Bora rider belongs to the top sprinters of the world. He has won the points classification in the 2019 Giro d’Italia after winning two stages. While he also got two stage victories in the 2020 Vuelta a Espana. Now Ackermann can try to win a stage in Portugal. He has the odds of 5.00 to do so in the 2021 Volta ao Algarve betting predictions.
Other top sprinters like Ballerini can also get the win
Another great sprinter from Quick-Step, Davide Ballerini is also mentioned in the favorites by online gambling sites in Portugal. The Italian won this year’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the points classification in the Tour de la Provence. But he only finished 26th and 52nd in the Belgian one-day classics. Now Ballerini can prove his talent and fight for the victory with the odds of 8.00 to get it.
French AG2R rider Marc Sarreau has also got great results this season. Including a 9th-place finish from the 2021 Scheldeprijs. Now the 27-year-old can achieve another one in Portugal representing his new team which he joined this year. While Polish Stanislaw Aniolkowski can also go for the best result of his career now. The ProTeam Bingoal Pauweis Sauces WB cyclist finished 10th in UCI World Tour race of Classic Brugge – De Panne. Which can be a promising sign for him and explain his present in the favorites with the odds of 17.00 on 22Bet.