The traditional finish on top of the Alto do Malhão (2.6 km at 9.5%) would cause the final changes in the classification of the Tour of Algarve (2.Pro, 15-20/02) during this fifth and last stage.
With Sven Erik Bystrøm in the top ten of the provisional classification at the start in Lagoa, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert first participated in the battle for the early breakaway. After more than 70 kilometer, during which among others Aimé De Gendt was active, it was a group of twenty riders which managed to distance the peloton.
German rider Georg Zimmermann, eighteenth in the provisional classification, was the best placed rider in this leading group. Thanks to his efforts, the breakaway stayed in front of the peloton until the top of the first of two passages on the Alto do Malhão with 25 kilometer to go, after which they were caught by a group of GC favorites.
Thanks to the work of Aimé De Gendt and Loïc Vliegen, Bystrøm made the junction to this group with the yellow jersey and started the final climb in a peloton of around twenty riders. The Norwegian rider finished ninth at the top and ninth in the final classification. Zimmermann concluded the five day race in eighteenth place.