Aviludo / Louletano and Sporting / Tavira are two of the 19 teams that will have, from today, Wednesday, 31, 11 days of competition ahead in the 81st Tour of Portugal by bicycle, with the goal of celebrating. in Porto the final triumph.
Vicente García de Mateos will take over from Loulé's team after two straight years finishing third in the overall standings, surpassed by absentees Rui Vinhas and Raul Alarcon.
Despite coming to Volta with just one win in 2019, the Spanish runner usually outperforms in the most important race of the Portuguese calendar. Last year, it won three stages.
Garcia de Mateos will be assisted by David de la Fuente, Óscar Hernández and Luís Fernandes, who form the main rearguard in support of the front-runner.
Aviludo / Louletano's sporting director, Jorge Piedade, also chose Nuno Meireles, Márcio Barbosa and André Evangelista for the Tour.
In relation to Sporting / Tavira, in the last year of the partnership will be Tiago Machado and Frederico Figueiredo the main figures, going to the road with the goal of finally giving the team a triumph, a goal missed in the last three seasons.
Support for the favorite duo will be handled by runners such as Alejandro Marque, Jose Mendes or David Livramento, as Italian Rinaldo Nocentini is left out due to a virus.
Tavira's sporting director Vidal Fitas has chosen a block cut for the mountains and the need to control the race on success, leaving the best sprinter at home.
Russian Aleksandr Grigorev and Spaniard Alvaro Trueba complete the Sporting / Tavira runner-up run in Portugal.
In W52 / FC Porto, the only Portuguese team with professional continental category, is out Raul Alarcon – Tournament winner in the last two years -, by injury, which opens more space to his two Algarvian cyclists: João Rodrigues, who won this Volta a Alentejo, and Ricardo Mestre, already winner of a Volta, then in Tavira's service, and recent winner of GP Jornal de Notícias.
The race starts today with the 6-kilometer prologue on the streets of Viseu, repeating the location and distance of the 2015 Volta start.