• First stage between Faro e Albufeira


      Valter Pereira, of team Banco BIC/Carmim/Tavira, won the mountain classification of the first stage of Volta ao Algarve. This stage took place today between Faro and Albufeira, over 160 KM.


      The rider wore the blue jersey at the podium, after a journey where he’s been isolated with four elements for 38 KM. The escape was long enough to Tavira raise the first place of the mountain installed on Alportel, KM 33.9, and that earned him the passport to success: "be on the podium of a race that joins so many stars of the highest level of cycling is an honor and a progress, I felt good, and is a good start to the season", said the young rider.


      Bruno Sancho was the athlete of Banco BIC/Carmim/Tavira which achieved the best result, in 59th, with the same time of the winner Sacha Modolo (Lampre Merida). Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) achieved the second place in this sprint arrival. In the general classification was also Bruno Sancho who climbed higher in 61st position, 10 seconds from the leader Sacha Modolo.


      There’s in Algarvia great names of the world cycling like the winner of the world championship, the Portuguese Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Tony Martin (Omega Phrama-QuickStep), and also Christopher Horner (Lampre-Merida).


      Tomorrow it runs the longest journey, a total of 196 kilometers between Lagoa and Monchique, where the riders will find two mountains in the middle of journey.