The Spanish cyclist Vicente de Mateos (Aviludo / Louletano) today finished the International GP Beiras and Serra da Estrela in 2nd place of the individual overall classification, 2 seconds behind the winner, the Colombian Edwin Ávila (Israel Cycling Academy).
The Portuguese Joni Brandão (Efapel) won the third and last stage of the race, after 177.4 kilometers between Celorico da Beira and Covilhã, which allowed the Colombian to win the final yellow jersey.
The passage over the Tower selected, but did not decide. The ascent from Seia to the highest point of mainland Portugal, crossing a thick, cold mantle of fog, with the road lined with snow, hardened the race and left in front a very restricted lot of corridors.
The descent to Manteigas and the subsequent flat terrain allowed for some recollection and a flight of several men, which would be annulled before the last ascent.
In the final climb the attacks followed, but the most powerful one started from Joni Brandão, which allowed him to win the first victory of the year, cutting the goal with 4: 51.32 hours.
Spaniard Vicente de Mateos and Colombian Edwin Ávila occupied the following positions, both within 2 seconds of the winner.
Frederico Figueiredo, in 7th place, 5 seconds behind Brandão, was the best member of Sporting / Tavira in the last stage.
In a race that was decided in the bonifications, the differences between the first ones were short. The Colombian sprinter got the better of all the competition, leaving Mateos to 2 seconds and Joni Brandão to 4 seconds.
Frederico Figueiredo was 5th in the overall individual final, 20 seconds from Avila.
On the other hand, Vicente de Mateos also won the classification of flying goals, wearing the "green jersey" on the final podium.