The Portuguese Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto) today won the prologue of Viseu, which opened the 81st Tour of Portugal in bike, for a few hundredths and after waiting for two hours the leadership of the individual general was confirmed.
The Algarve's Samuel Caldeira spent 7: 28,139 minutes to complete the six-kilometer course, 88 cents less than Swiss Gian Friesecke (SRA) and 190 cents less than team-mate Spaniard Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto) ), ranked second and third respectively.
At the age of 33, the “dragons” rider got a second win in Viseu in “Portuguesa”, after 2017 sprinting won the arrival at Castelo Branco, in the second stage of the 79 edition of “grandeíssima”. The sprinter confirmed the good form momentum, after already in the Joaquim Agostinho Trophy made a good prologue, finishing in second place, behind the team mate Gustavo Veloso, today in the last position of the podium.
After departing at 3:31 pm, the 18th out onto the 132-lane highway, he spent 7.28 minutes on a circuit that began and ended on Avenida da Europa and crossed the historic center of Viseense. “The feeling is fantastic. It's savor tonight and tomorrow [quinta-feira] Volta continues and we have a lot of work to do, ”said the cyclist after celebrating the“ tight ”triumph in the prologue.
“It's six kilometers and you can't even think of much. I started to give everything and did not manage anything, ”he confided, ensuring that the victory does not change the intentions of W52-FC Porto, which have Gustavo Veloso as the main candidate for victory in general. “Nothing changes within the team, we have well-defined goals and I am the same rider. What changes is to savor something you didn't count on, ”he said.
Gustavo Veloso was the last one from
The 2014 and 2015 winner Gustavo Veloso, a late entry after compatriot Raúl Alarcón, champion in 2017 and 2018, was injured, was the last to leave at 5:25 pm and nearly beat his team mate. Veloso was on the verge of victory, like the last prologue in Viseu, in which he was second, at the opening of the final edition that won.
Antonio Carvalho (W52-FC Porto) was fifth, and the fourth cyclist 'blue and white' in the 'top 10' was Daniel Mestre, closing the first places. Mikel Aristi (Euskadi-Murias) was sixth, Swiss Cyrille Thièry (SRA) was seventh and João Matias (Vito-Feirense) was ninth, in a composition that remains overall individual. The prologue also served to put the first differences between the favorites, with the Frenchman Thibault Guernalec (Arkéa Samsic) fourth, taking the lead of the youth.
Joni Brandão (Efapel), second overall in 2018, was eighth, seven seconds, while 'dragons' João Rodrigues, 09, and Edgar Pinto, 13, were out of the 'top 10'.
Spaniard Vicente García de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano), third in the last two editions, finished 10 seconds at the same time as Spanish 'veteran' Óscar Sevilla (Medellín), while 2013 winner Alejandro Marque (Sporting-Tavira) relented 11. Among the candidates for the final victory, the exercise of Tiago Machado (Sporting-Tavira) was the most harmful, with the Portuguese losing 26 seconds. Frenchman Thibaut Guernalec (Arkea-Samsic) is the youth leader, while Gustavo Veloso will hit the road in the blue mountain-leading jersey. The Swiss Gian Frisecke is the first leader of the green sweater, regarding the classification by points.
On Thursday, Caldeira defends the yellow in the first stage, between Miranda do Corvo and Leiria, along 174.7 kilometers, with a first-rate mountain count at 38 kilometers. After Serra da Lousã, there are three more counts, one of second and two of fourth category, until the goal in Leiria, in a sprintable finish.