Back to Alentejo: João Rodrigues (W52 / FC Porto) winner “Alentejo”.


Algarve reigns in Alentejo. First great triumph of João Rodrigues (W52 / FC Porto).

For the second year there is a Portuguese win the Volta ao Alentejo Agricultural Credit. This Sunday, 24 March, João Rodrigues (W52/FC Porto) He confirmed the triumph and entered the name in the history of the race as the thirty-sixth hero of the Alentejo, competition great traditions in Portugal organized by CIMAC – Intermunicipal Community of Central Alentejo e da Podium Events.

Natural young of Conceição de Tavira, It becomes the first runner Algarve and FC Porto to triumph in “Alentejo”.

On a day when the sun decided to toast the caravan and the public to a temperature reached 22 ° C "tweaked" only a mild wind, a group of eight escapees animated much of the stage that began in Portalegre and for almost 120 kilometers stood in front.

The attentive peloton knew he could control the situation for 18 kilometers from the finish cancel the flight and then be a compact group to launch the sprint in the heart of the city museum. O Basco Enrique Sanz (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias) He had won the first two steps back to make history in the "Alentejo" when crossing the risk of the parallel goal of the majestic Praça do Giraldo, Evora, again in the first position.

In the general classification 37ª Volta ao Alentejo Agricultural Credit, the last step brought no change in the front seats. The winner of the previous edition, Luís Mendonça (Radio Popular / Boavista), It was for the second position, with 3 seconds apart, but managed to keep the lead in the points classification, the regularity over the five-day trial, and took home the Black sweater KIA. Raúl Alarcón remained to four seconds of the winner colleague and secured the final podium place.

Since that last round any mountain count, James Fouche, British training sponsored by Bradley Wiggins, He assured the title of strongest man to climb, embodied in Sweater Chestnut Delta Cafes, color that won the third stage in Mora. Norwegian training UNO-X, the sixth in the World Championship U-23, Tobias Foss, He finished as best young in evidence, White sweater INATEL Foundation.

"It's spectacular! I'm proud and I have no words to describe the spirit of this team was fantastic "acknowledged John Rodrigues, Evora, where he finished the last stage in fifth. To live a moment of breathtaking, blue and white hallway unveiled the collective strategy these days: "They bet on me and Raúl [Alarcón] and even Rafael [trip]. If Rafael could pass the Cabeço do Mouro, he specializes in the Time Trial and could gain advantage over others. Unfortunately he failed to. Me and Raul always walked in front, We do not waste time on any day and the Time Trial could defend myself as best. Today was just to get here with the squad not to waste time ".

Joaquim Gomes, the organization's director, He said to have “treated to a spectacular race, that better that take place in Portugal” and the Podium “will continue to bring to the road”, finished.


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