The Algarve cyclist (W52 / FC Porto) today won the 81st Tour of Portugal by bike, beating the final 19.5 kilometers 'chrono' between Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto, taking the lead to Jóni Brandão (Efapel). .
Brandão held the lead symbol with an advantage of just 41 hundredths of a second over Tavira's runner-up time trial but failed to hold 1st place overall.
João Rodrigues had a strong entry into the "crono", imposing a pace that his rival could not repeat, eventually celebrating the victory in the "crono" (second triumph in stages after the victory at the top of the Tower) and the final victory in the race , together with colleagues and supporters of FC Porto, on Avenida dos Aliados, in the heart of the city of Porto, which presented a great environment to receive cyclists.
The last natural runner in the Algarve to win the Tour de Portugal was, in 2011, Ricardo Mestre, then serving Tavira / Prio and today Rodrigues' teammate in the Porto group.
Frederico Figueiredo, who was Sporting / Tavira's best individual overall, in 7th place, did not play the time trial, giving up due to a wrist fracture caused by a crash on Saturday.
The 'top-10' Tour de Portugal did not present any representative of the two Algarve teams. Remember, Vicente de Mateos, Aviludo / Louletano's head of line, also dropped out the day before because of an indisposition.