Volta a Portugal: To the asphalt Flower Mercury spent the 45 degrees. Today starting Beja.

warm! A simple adjective summarizes much of the first stage of 80ª Volta a Portugal Santander marked by intense heat from the outset in Alcacer do Sal. Today starting Beja. Cuba camera the one that did not participate financially, but receives the Tour.

Temperatures reached the 45 degrees at Asphalt flower and not all resisted the crossing of the Alentejo coast until the arrival to Albufeira.

Hot was also the sprint that struck the 191,8 kilometers of step with the triumph of Italian Riccardo Stacchiotti (MSTina Focus) who wore the green jersey of points Rubis Gas. With no bonuses and finishing integrated into the squad without cuts, Rafael Reis (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) kept the Yellow sweater Santander not conquered Foreword.

Hot was also the sprint that struck the 191,8 kilometers of step with the Italian triumph Riccardo Stacchiotti (MSTina Focus) who wore the green jersey of points Rubis Gas. With no bonuses and finishing integrated into the squad without cuts, Rafael Reis (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) kept the Yellow Jersey Santander won the Prologue. But the hot day led his team-mate Joaquim Silva due to health problems caused by high temperatures, otherwise it would be even more pleased. “I think you stopped digestion, I could not eat and eventually abdicate”, He explained the corridor Palmela admitting that this Friday is the same day, again too hot.

Vogt was Mario other figures of this first row in step. The German Cycling Spura bet on the trail and initially still had company, He ended up doing a lot of kilometers in solitary. The effort earned him the Blue Sweater Liberty Mountain Prize Insurance and the leadership of the premium combined rating Kia.

Vogt had over five minutes ahead, but, unsurprisingly been reached. The trio Rui Rodrigues (Aviludo-Louletano-Uli), Pierpaolo Ficara (love &Vita-Prodir) e Jesse Ewart (SapuraCycling) They forced the peloton to speed in pursuit, having then the W52-FC Porto, with EFAPEL also tracking, Caja Rural replaced in front of the group. The trio was caught about two kilometers from the finish. Just before, a fall caught the progress of several men, including Joni Brandao (Sporting-Tavira) which continued in the race.

César Martingil, third on arrival in Albufeira, He kept the youth leadership award Sweater White RTP and also the deputy leader of the general classification 2 Rafael Reis seconds while Sporting-Tavira continues to lead by teams.

The "dry beach" in Albufeira been running high

Hot adjective still returns to this narrative to describe the authentic "beach" mounted by many riders of the Tour on the lawn of one of the goal of the straight sides of the avenue of Discoveries, in Albufeira. Long before the arrival extended-towels, made up picnics and toasted to the return of the Queen proves there 10 years was not in the Algarve.

With weather forecasts to return to point to temperatures above 40 degrees, the peloton of the Tour will this Friday ahead of the longest stage, with 203,6 kilometers between Beja and Portalegre. The link between the two capitals district is not done there 20 years in the Tour of Portugal.

Cuba Chamber does not participate financially. But the Tour visit to village. First the answer was affirmative, then by mail was rejected. Neither velocipédica history of the county changed the decision.

Teixeira Correia

(journalist)

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