Viviani and Cofidis fine-tuning lead-out train at Volta ao Algarve

Elia Viviani is banged up but ready to go for stage 4
(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Cofidis sprinter Elia Viviani heads to the Volta ao Algarve this week to seek his first win of the 2020 season. The race, held entirely around Portugal's south coast, features two possible opportunities to do so – first, on stage 1 to the coastal town of Lagos, and then on stage 3 in Tavira to the east.

Viviani, whose best results thus far in 2020 have been fourth on stage 1 of the Tour Down Under and third at last weekend's Clásica de Almería, faces competition from Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), among others.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix