(Exclusive) Volta a Portugal: Beja departure place is the 2nd stage, on 3 August.


Beja is the starting place of the 2nd stage of the 80th Volta a Portugal, the next day 3 August. The "English" will be on the road between 1 and 12 August and "Step Alentejo", It ends with a city of Alto Alentejo.

"Step Alentejo". So it will be called the second taken from the 80th edition of the Volta a Portugal, which will Beja as a place of departure and arrival, to confirm, in Portalegre, Elvas and Campo Maior. The arrival of the initial stage in the Algarve, leads to the beginning of the next step is the Alentejo and Beja is the chosen location for the start of the next step.

During the dinner held on the evening of Wednesday, Beja in the Governor's House in the city's Castle, under the Volta ao Alentejo, the mayor, Paul Arsenio, showed "the availability to the municipality receive the Volta a Portugal".

Following contacts between the municipality and the Bejense Podium Events, organizer, Joaquim Gomes, It confirmed its intention to "Beja, be the city that will receive the game's taken that will tour several cities in the Alentejo ". In the stage of starting the morning of "Alentejo" Beja, Paul Arsenio, publicly alluded and confirmation thereof.

On Sunday in Évora, in the balance sheet of the 36th Volta ao Alentejo, the Lidador News (LN), Joaquim Gomes said that "going to the Algarve is guaranteed and there is a legitimate passing through the Alentejo", adding that "a strategy is mounted", which aims to join "eleven municipalities, including departure and arrival "and a" solidarity ", claiming to be a step "full of symbolism", held.

The stage will have as a starting place Beja, through Cuba, Vidigueira, Portel, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Redondo, Vila Viçosa, Fight, Estremoz and Monforte, It is still being negotiated the city that will be the end of step.

LN know that the financial return that the "Alentejo" in Beja at the level of hospitality, restoration and fuels and image in the media, He left the municipality "very pleased" with the bet made in cycling.

The starting Beja, marks the return of the Tour of Portugal to the city "Pax-Julia" ten years later on 2008 receiving the arrival of the first stage, which was won, or Italian Danilo Napolitano (Lampre). After a first pass for the goal, installed in Salgueiro Maia Avenue, had drawn more 20 kilometers, having covered several streets of the city, gone out into the Conception of the district made to Outside Variant (IN 260) and passed by Penedo Gordo and Santa Clara de Louredo, before the end.

Beja had also been the end of Stage 1 in 2006, with victory Candido Barbosa (LA / Liberty Seguros) is at 2007, com triunfo do Italian Paride Grillo (Ceramica Panaria / Navigare).

The first step will be the end Algarve, It will start a location of the Setúbal district, to what had indicated in the Alentejo coast and part of the taken will go some one or two municipalities in the district before arrival.

The "English" begins with a prologue in Lisbon, on 1 August and after "Step Alentejo", You will have a supportive step called "Step Life", covering the municipalities that were affected by fires, starting in Serta and end in Oliveira do Hospital, through Figueiró Wine, Castanheira de Pera, Pedrogão Grande, Blackboard, Góis, Arganil and board, and the President of the Republic made a commitment to be present at this stage.

Teixeira Correia

(journalist)


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