The American Scott McGillfrom the Wildlife Generation team, won this Friday the first cycling stage Volta a Portugalwhile the Portuguese Raphael Reyes (Glassdrive/Q8/Anicolor), who won Thursday’s prologue, remains the leader.
McGill He crossed the finish line in 4 hours, 30 minutes and 28 seconds after breaking away from the peloton in a final sprint by overcoming the 193.5 kilometers connecting the towns of Vila Franca de Xira and Elvas, which he also the longest stage of the competition.
Second place went to the British Oliver Rees (Trinity Racing), while the Uruguayan Mauricio Moreira (Glassdrive/ Q8/Anicolor) third place, all with the same time.
In the individual general, Moreira was second (9 seconds later), followed by the British, who recorded the same time. They are followed by the American Joseph Rosskopf (Human Powered Health) at 11 seconds, and the Portuguese Tiago Antunes at 12 and Henrique Casimira at 13 seconds, both from the Efapel Cycling team. British Max Walker (Trinity Racing) was in seventh place, alongside Casimira.
Fourteen seconds later, the top ten places in the individual general classification were closed by the Spanish Juan José Lobato (Euskaltel-Euskadi), the Russian Aleksandr Grigorev (Atum General/Tavira/AP Maria Nova Hotel) and the Spanish that Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Euskaltel -Euskadi). .
the portuguese João Macedo (LA Alumínios/Credibom/Marcos Car) the first mountain prize in the 4th category of the day, while the second mountain prize, in the 4th category, went to his compatriot Hugo Nunes (Radio Popular -Paredes- Boavista).
The 83rd Volta a Portugal, which ends on August 15, covers 1,559.7 kilometers of route, divided between the prologue and 10 stages, with Lisbon as the starting point and Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto metropolitan area) as the final purpose of the exam.
It has the participation of 125 participants from 18 teams, who will climb 26 mountain prizes, will include a foray into Spain in the second stage in Badajoz, and a rest day in Viseu (75 kilometers south of Porto ).
Source: La Verdad