Alentejo cyclist Daniel Mestre (W52 / FC Porto) won the third leg of the Tour de Portugal, ending in Castelo Branco, and teammate Gustavo Veloso kept the 'yellow jersey'.
The tirade – with 194.1 kilometers under very hot since the departure in Santarém – was marked by a long flight of two elements, Guillaume Almeida (Bai Sicasal-Petro de Luanda) and Jayde Julius (Protouch), which exceeded several Mountain counts and flying goals of the day.
The two runners were more than 7 minutes ahead but in the final kilometers, with Julius alone, the platoon "tightened" in pursuit and annulled the long attempt.
In the end, W52 / FC Porto launched a very strong attack, with several cyclists at the front, eventually being Daniel Mestre, a natural cyclist from Almodovar, the strongest in the final sprint, beating Clément Russo (Team Arkea / Samsic).
Overall individual Gustavo Veloso (W52 / FC Porto) remains in the lead with a 3 second lead over Euskadi Basque Country Marias's Mikel Aristi Gardoki.
Daniel Mestre and Vicente de Mateos (Aviludo / Louletano) took advantage of the penalty attributed to Joni Brandão (Efapel) and jumped to 3rd and 4th place, 8 and 9 seconds from the leader, respectively.
Alejandro Marque remains the best representative of Sporting / Tavira in the individual overall (8th, 17 seconds from Veloso).
On Sunday, runs the 4th stage, with the return to the Tower, where ends the trip of 145 kilometers that begins in Pampilhosa da Serra.
Covilhã's special category climb to the finish line (19.7 kilometers with an average slope of 6.6 percent) is preceded by a 2nd category mountain prize, two 3rd and one 4th.