Volta a Portugal: Rafael Reis fastest in treacherous Prologue Setubal.
Too much heat in Setubal, few kilometers of the first and revelation Yellow sweater 80th Volta a Portugal Santander.
Rafael Reis, specialist fights against the clock, not let slip the opportunity to win the ultimate test of the national cycling.
In a short prologue, with just 1800 propitious meters that could happen surprises, CÃ©sar Martingil was about to give a victory to the Liberty Seguros-but Autoglass, running almost at home, Rafael Reis (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), natural Palmela, confirmed the favoritism and two seconds was faster than Martingil had to settle for the White Sweater RTP Youth.
Despite the short distance, It needed some attention in curves. The rear wheel has reached escape, but Rafael Kings remained unabated into the great goal he had for this Tour. “It was really risky, but I knew that to win, I had to take risks”, He said smiling and with conviction the winner of 26 years again dressed in the Yellow Sweater (ResumoClassificacoesPrologo-80VoltaPortugalSantander2018). Two years ago, when he represented W52-FC Porto, Rafael also won the prologue in Oliveira de AzemÃ©is.
The time differences were not large, as expected, so there will be several corridors with the ambition to dethrone Rafael Reis leadership, at least until you reach the mountain on Saturday when they get the greatest difficulties. Martingil already assumed this goal as Daniel Master (Efapel) It was just three seconds. Followed by the National Champion, Domingos GonÃ§alves (Radio Popular-Boavista), Mario Gonzalez (Sporting-Tavira) and JoÃ£o Matias (Vito-Feirense-BlackJack) also four.
A hot day, but that all cyclists know that was just a warm to hot weather they will face in the coming days (is forecast to temperatures above 40 degrees), Thursday is the day to cross the Alentejo then reach Albufeira, the return of the Algarve Around.
The first step will be online 191,8 kilometers, which will begin in Alcacer do Sal, at 12:35, at PraÃ§a Pedro Nunes.