Preparation for Volta ao Algarve

The men of the Orange & Black completed their short stint of training and acclimation Tuesday in preparation for their season’s first big race, the Volta ao Algarve. Ryan Anderson, Jesse Anthony, Guillaume Boivin, Phil Gaimon, Will Routley, Mike Woods, Eric Young, and Tom Zirbel tackle the 41st edition of the race early Wednesday morning and will see some of the toughest competition they’ll see all season.

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An enormous amount of work and preparation goes into the final days before a big race like the Volta ao Algarve. Lead mechanic Vincent Gee (not pictured) and Erik Maresjo (left) work well into the night preparing the team's Diamondback Podium Equipe Optum edition race bikes.

An enormous amount of work and preparation goes into the final days before a big race like the Volta ao Algarve. Lead mechanic Vincent Gee (not pictured) and Erik Maresjo (left) work well into the night preparing the team’s Diamondback Podium Equipe Optum edition race bikes.

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One of the team's rental vehicles and soigneur Jose Sousa seen in a rare moment of pre-race calm.

One of the team’s rental vehicles and soigneur Jose Sousa seen in a rare moment of pre-race calm.

A compliment of leaders jerseys for the Volta ao Algarve.

A compliment of leaders jerseys for the Volta ao Algarve.

Algarve serves as one of more popular vacation spots for many Europeans. Even the offseason sees large numbers of people unfettered by the brisk winds and temperatures.

Algarve serves as one of more popular vacation spots for many Europeans. Even the offseason sees large numbers of people unfettered by the brisk winds and temperatures.

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A scenic view of the first day's finishing straight which will surly be filled to capacity with eager cycling fans on race day.

A scenic view of the first day’s finishing straight which will surly be filled to capacity with eager cycling fans on race day.

The bit of calm before the storm.

The bit of calm before the storm.

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