Velonews: Photo Essay: Optum-kelly Benefit Strategies In Portugal

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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Wohlberg
      Performance director Eric Wohlberg carefully applies information on important points in the race to each rider's stem before each stage. A piece of masking tape with some sharpied numbers can be extremely critical. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Legs
      Tom Zirbel's impressive legs. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Caravan curiosity
      The most interesting vehicle in the race was definitely this odd little number, but Optum didn't see it once on course actually using that loudspeaker. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Coffee
      Coffee and bikes are inseparable. Caffeine is widely consumed before each stage, for obvious reasons. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Young and Anderson
      Boivin's leadout riders Eric Young and Ryan Anderson looked punished yet exhilarated after the finish. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Kwiatkowski
      Optum's Guillaume Boivin finished among an elite top-10 as the world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-Quick-Step) celebrated his teammate Gianni Meersman's win. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Spectator
      Straight chillin. Portugal is chock-full of colorful graffiti. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Sprinters
      The Optum sprinters stayed tucked in nicely through a hairy roundabout near the finish of stage 1. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Women's team
      This old woman would not be denied her chosen route by this Portugeuse women's team. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Terraces
      A stunning view of the Portugeuse countryside, extending to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Sousa
      Portugeuse soigneur Jose Sousa (pronounced Joe-ZAY) seems to know everyone in the peloton. His name was announced many times over the race's loudspeakers at each start and finish. Here he grabs a sandwich from a former mechanic from his racing days. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Bridge
      The peloton crossed over a stunning suspension bridge outside of Lagoa. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Leaders
      Jersey holders line up across the start tape before the beginning of stage 2. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Wohlberg and Woods
      Two generations of Canadian cycling, Eric Wohlberg and the team's newest star, Mike Woods. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Mechanical
      In the time trial, mechanical errors are devastating to a rider's chance at a result. A Portugeuse rider from the Tavira team worked to get his chain unwrapped from his crank as another rider blazed past. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Zirbel TT
      Tom Zirbel, laser focused before his time trial run. Success in the race of truth requires the utmost focus. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: TT prep
      The team set up near a small playground to prepare for the time trial. Not sure what these two were thinking, but they definitely don't look impressed. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Sprint
      An elite group charged to the finish line of stage 2 behind Sky's Geraint Thomas, who soloed to victory. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Freeway
      The sun emerged after a cloudy and misty start to stage 4. The peloton picked up speed on this wide-open freeway. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Start
      Bike racing, the most colorful sport in the world. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Team bus
      Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies' setup is dwarfed by the massive busses of nearly every other team involved in the race. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Gaimon scar
      Phil Gaimon shows off a nasty old scar. When asked about its origin, he replied, "Some crash from my Cat. 4 days. Not really sure, they all blend together." Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Monte Malhao
      The peloton stormed up Monte Malhao on the first of two laps up the mountain. Sky's Richie Porte would break away for the win. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Gaimon
      Phil Gaimon kept the throttle pinned on Monte Malhao. He finished 15th on the stage. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Scenic
      The crowds on Monte Malhao for the queen stage's final climb were massive. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Fans
      Patiently waiting for the peloton to arrive. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Bikes
      A different type of bike rider was caught ogling the team's Diamondback bikes. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Food
      Some delicious Portugeuse treats near the finish of stage 5. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Leadout
      The Optum leadout assembles. Tom Zirbel is a powerful rider and helps the sprinters get positioned here. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Peloton
      The final straightaway of the Volta ao Algarve came complete with a very sketchy bend featuring a set of pylons. Luckily, no one got hurt. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Stage details
      Guillaume Boivin's detailed notes on the finish of stage 5. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Legs
      Will Routley and Mike Woods have distinctly different musculature and different riding styles to boot. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Young
      Sprinter Eric Young warms up his legs before his only chance at a field sprint in stage 5. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Zirbel
      Race complete. Tom Zirbel dives into some chicken piti piti, one of Portugal's many delicious snacks. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Greipel
      German champion André Greipel is a mammoth of a man, and he made quick work of the rest of the field in the final sprint. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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      [​IMG]Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in Portugal: Young fans
      Three young race fans gave their seal of approval on the 2015 Volta ao Algarve. Photo: ©Sam Wiebe
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    Thanks for a great photo essay! What camera are you using? The quality of the pictures is just great! A man from the eighth photo looks like Hamlet (about which you can read here https://samples.edusson.com/hamlet/) who reflects on whether to be or not to be. Your photos are excellent examples of the fact that cycling is not only interesting, but also very beautiful! I often participate in such races and always get a lot of emotions, which I write about in my blog.
     

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