Return to the road on the way to Bragança with yellow Veloso on Tour Portugal

Return to the road on the way to Bragança with yellow Veloso on Tour Portugal

Podium / Paulo Maria

The platoon of Return to Portugal by bike returns today to the road, after the rest day, and meets sixth step, between Torre de Moncorvo a Bragança, as Spanish Gustavo Veloso in the lead.

After the runners have regained strength in Guarda, where the fifth leg ended, the W52-FC Porto leader's yellow jersey should not be threatened on this long, 189.2-kilometer link, which will be the second and final opportunity for the riders. Sprinters shine.

With the usual three flying targets, the course has as many mountain counts, all of third category and concentrated in the first 60 kilometers of the race, the first still in Torre de Moncorvo, at 4.9 kilometers.

At the entrance to the 40 kilometers, there is a new score in Freixo de Espada à Cinta, before passing through Porrinhela, at 53.7 kilometers.

In an 81st edition where sprinters are rare for sprints to win, the arrival at Bragança, despite the slight final inclination, could offer a faster chance for the faster men, although an escape could also take its toll.

Gustavo Veloso leads the race with a 15-second lead for team-mate João Rodrigues, second, while Spaniard Vicente García de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano) is third at 22.

In a batch of just four runners less than a minute apart for the yellow jersey, two are from Efapel, with Jóni Brandão in fourth, 25 seconds, and Henrique Casimiro in fifth, 45.

The second half of the race kicks off today and will bring three more arrivals in high, notably the climb to the Serra do Larouco at the end of the seventh stage, the Senhora mythical ’Senhora da Graça, closing the ninth, and the decisive time trial between Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto on Sunday.

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