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Mellow Velo

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 The traditional edition of Volta, as a great popular festival in August, for a duration of 12 days, could not be held due to the pandemic generated by Covid 19. The Portuguese Cycling Federation understood, however, that "La Grandissima" is fundamental for the future of professional cycling in the country, so it was decuded to organize an edition adapted to the special circumstances in which we live.



The race will consist of a prologue and eight stages, with the main characteristics of a great cycling event: sports interest, strong media impact, ability to boost the country's economy and make the territory known and guarantee the return on investment of the sponsors of the race and the participating teams.
After the initiative of the Portuguese Cycling Federation has obtained an excellent reception from the councils contacted to create the final route, the work for the organization of the race progresses normally.

The participation is made up of nine Portuguese continental teams -  #tavira Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel,  #louletano Aviludo-Louletano,  #efapel Efapel, Feirense, Kelly-InOutBuild-UDO,  #aluminios LA Alumínios-LA Sport,  #miranda Miranda-Mortágua,  #boavista Rádio Popular-Boavista and  #porto W52 -FC Porto- plus the local team formed by sub-23.

The foreign presence is made up of the ProTeam   #arkea Arkéa-Samsic and  #nippo Nippo Delko Provence (France), the Spanish  #burgos Burgos-BH and  #cajarural Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and the   #rally American Rally Cycling.

STAGES AND PROFILES

Prólogo: Domingo 27 septiembre. Fafe – Fafe, 7 kms (CRI)



1ª: Lunes 28 septiembre. Montalegre – Santa Luzia (Viana do Castelo), 180 kms



2ª: Martes 29 septiembre. Paredes – Senhora da Graça (Mondim de Basto), 167 kms



3ª: Miércoles 30 septiembre. Felgueiras – Viseu, 171,9 kms



4ª: Jueves 1 octubre. Guarda – Torre (Covilhã), 148 kms



5ª: Viernes 2 octubre. Oliveira do Hospital – Águeda, 176,3 kms



6ª: Sábado 3 octubre. Caldas da Rainha – Torres Vedras, 155 kms



7ª: Domingo 4 octubre Loures – Setúbal, 161 kms



8ª: Lunes 5 octubre. Lisboa – Lisboa, 17,7 km (CRI)




Live coverage of each stage will be available on the net from RTP, 15-00 to 18-00, each day. (Portuguese time BST for CET +1)

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    Well Rally should have the prestigious pasty white jersey[1] sewn up. Mannion, Murphy and Swirbul all potential winners. Competition should only really come from Nippo with Carr and Mulu. Can't see the Russians being involved, but you never know.

    I'm sure they'll all be glad though that it's not going to be 45° in the shade. :flustered
     1. For riders not from Portugal, Spain, Italy or South America
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     I managed to catch some of the prologue after the worlds and have to say it was a bit more interesting than most.
    The weather was just as it normally is, the course even managed to get out of town for a couple of kms, offering a glimpse of countryside, where the vines were starting to take on those beautiful autumn colours.
     There were a couple of uphill sections, the final one being quite significant, both in terms of length and gradient, ending on the compulsory Portuguese pave. This is where most of the problems occurred. A number of riders experience mechanicals and one even managed to ride off course, following the service vehicle detour.
     Most noticeable misjudgement of the day went to GC favourite, Joni Brandao, who overran a downhill corner, ending up on another street.
    Remarkably, he still managed to finish 6th on the day.
    Oh and of course Groundhog Day, with W52's old, old boy taking the win and the first leader's jersey.

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     The Volta return to familiar territory today, with the testy little finish up to Viano Castle.
    I did attempt to watch the 95kms of live coverage, but the solo breakaway was a bit of a slog.
    A couple of minor crashes occurred during the last hour of racing as the peloton raced towards the foot of the final ascent.
    Inevitably, there were a couple of suicidal early attacks, but they were reeled in as the bunch gradually ramped up the pace and subsiquently reduced in number.
    Eventually it was Luis Gomes who stuck out for the line, closely followed by Daniel Mestre. The two crossed the line in that order, a little ahead of the race leader, that other ancient Spaniard, Gustavo César Veloso.

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     So, we had a very traditional mountain stage but it was raced, at least out front, in a rather unusual way.
    We say a number of attacks on penultimate, which lead to Frederico Figueiredo dropping his marker, Amaro Antunes and soling up to the small breakaway group. As the terrain continued to roll before the decent to the foot of the final climb, Antunes also joined the group up front.
    The two GC men then set to work dropping their companions, while Efapel set about the chase for Joni Brandao.
    As soon as the lead two were alone, Antunes stopped working and sat on 's wheel.
    Meanwhile, you Brit, Simon Carr attacked from the small peloton and made an escape that was to stick. Had it not been for a mechanical, half way up the climb, he would have made the stage podium. As it was, Joao Benta, who had also made the break for home, managed to close the gap while Carr was off the bike.
     In the last km, Antunes took off like a scalded cat and managed to put an incredible 22 seconds into Figueiredo in half a km. Benta roll over in 3rd, with the rest of the GC contenders choosing to sprint out the minor places, shipping considerable time in the process.



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     A quick update of yesterday's results since today's stage just finished.
    A victory for the breakaway with Oier Lazkano going it alone to hold off a rather dispirit chase from the peloton.
    Dan McClay must be ruing the fact that his team weren't there in sufficient numbers to do the job, as he easily won the sprint for second place.

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     Today's stage was the Queen stage and arguably the last significant stage until the final day ITT.
    Ride of the day has to go to  #cajarural and Cristian Rodriguez, who held off the peloton for 17 of the final climb's 20kms.
    Luis Fernandes  #boavista and the  #efapel tag team of Antônio Carvalho and Joni Brandao did try to pull the wheels off  #porto's one man Jumbo train, but that man was defending champion, João Rodrigues. Antunes's super duper domestique basically lead the entire 20kms of the final climbing, reeling in these stray attackers, one after the other.
    In the end, they gave up about 3kms from home and waited for the Roglic length uphill sprint. Remarkably,  #porto failed to place either the aforementioned Antunes, or the leech like Gustav Veloso in the top two.

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    Joni's first win in the Volta, after 13 Top 3
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    Was Carr involved in a crash or something yesterday? He finished alone ~1m30 behind the peloton and then today couldn't repeat his heroics of the other day. I was just wondering if there was a specific reason other than it just being the Volta.
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    Was Carr involved in a crash or something yesterday? He finished alone ~1m30 behind the peloton and then today couldn't repeat his heroics of the other day. I was just wondering if there was a specific reason other than it just being the Volta.

    Ah yes, well he had a mechanical when the pace was right up and a there was a bit of a crosswind. A lot of riders were put out the back at this point and it all happened only a few kms from the finish.
    Today he lasted a bit less than a third of the climb.
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