Poels: I went a little bit early but Volta ao Algarve GC still open

The hills of the Serra de Monchique are famed for the production of Aguardente de Medronhos, the fruit brandy known to the rest of the world as firewater, and there was a familiar burning sensation in the legs and lungs of those following the pace set by Team Sky as the Volta ao Algarve peloton climbed into the swirling clouds atop the Alto da Fóia on Thursday.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.