Cycling: Volta a Portugal, It was presented today in Lisbon. Beja is starting the 2nd stage.


The return of the Alentejo and Algarve to the Tour of Portugal, were the highlights of the presentation of the 80th Volta a Portugal Santander Totta which took place in Lisbon. Beja receives the start of Stage 2 on 3 August.

O Thalia Theater, in Lisbon, He received this Friday, the presentation of the 80th Volta a Portugal / Santander Totta, proof will be on the road between 1 and 12 August, starting in Setúbal and end in Viseu.

Editing 2018, notes the 25 year old, the "Silver Jubilee", the second victory of Joaquim Gomes in "Portuguese", representing Recer / Boavista, after in 1989 have won their first round, then the service of Sicasal / Torreense.

The proof will be 1.574,3 kilometers, divided by a prologue, who will compete in Setubal, and ten steps, an individual Time Trial and nine-step online, being taken 2nd, to "Alentejo Stage", that will connect Beja Portalegre, the longest of the race, with 195,3 kilometers (Portugal back 2018 Route).

Will be present in the test 21 teams, nine of Portugal, three in Spain, two of Belgium, and one each of the following countries: Australia, Israel, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Albania, Norway and Romania.

Ten years later the "English" returns to Beja, after in 2008, It has been the end of the stage that was starting in Portimao and it was won by Italian Danilo Napolitano (Lampre). The last game in town "Pax-Julia" took place 20 year old, while on 1998, anus Expo, the leader of the race was the Algarve, natural Tavira, Pedro Lopes, that ran the LA / Pecol.

The starting Beja, It will happen at Avenida Brazil and after a route neutralized in the city, You will have a real starting in IP2, passing through Matthias, Cuba, Vila de Frades, Vidigueira, Portel, Amieira, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Redondo, Vila Viçosa, Fight, Estremoz, Monforte and the arrival in Portalegre, on Avenida Liberdade, the central artery of the "City of Jose Regio".

the teams

Continental Professionals (6): WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic (Belgium), Caja Rural / Seguros RGA, Burgos / BH and Euskadi / Murias (three in Spain), Movistar Ecuador (Ecuador) e Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)

Continental (15): W52 / FC Porto, Sporting/ Tavira, Popular radio / Boavista, Vito/ Feirense/ BlackJack, Aviludo / Louletano / Uli, THE Alumínios, Efapel, Liberty Seguros / Carglass and Miranda / Mortágua (all of Portugal), St. George (Australia), Tarteletto / Isorex (Belgium), Differdange/ Losch (Luxembourg), Love and Life / Prodir (Albania), Team COOP (Norway) e MsTina/ Focus (Romania).

Teixeira Correia

(journalist)


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