Racing ahead: Stellar line-ups battle it out in Algarve and Andalucía

Thomas, Van der Poel, Nibali and Fuglsang among the big names starting their seasons at Volta ao Algarve and the Ruta del Sol this week

Pivotal 2020 begins for Geraint Thomas at the Volta ao Algarve

Geraint Thomas at the 2019 Tour de France stage three (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.