The Portuguese cyclist Rafael Reis (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) will try today to keep the yellow in the second stage of the 83rd Volta a Portugal, which ‘jumps’ the border to depart from Badajoz, on the return from Spain to the course after more than two decades
With a nine-second lead over his Uruguayan teammate Mauricio Moreira, Reis will have to defend his lead in the 181.5 kilometers to Castelo Branco, one of the most traditional arrivals of the Volta.
After 24 years of absence, Spain returns to the Volta route, with Plaza de la Libertad, in Badajoz, hosting, from 12:25 (mainland Portugal time), the departure of the second run, heading to Campo Maior , where the first flying goal of the day is installed, at kilometer 14.3.
Shortly after passing the flying goal of Portalegre (83.5), the peloton will start climbing Monte Paleiros, a third-rate mountain at 91.1 kilometers.
On the approach to Castelo Branco, where the arrival is scheduled for 17:24, the cyclists will find two mountain counts of third category (at 145.5 and 168.3 kilometers), interspersed by the flying goal of Vila Velha de Ródão. (151.7).
With an essentially flat stage, Reis should have no problem defending the yellow, which he holds nine seconds ahead of Moreira and Britain’s Oliver Rees (Trinity Racing), third overall.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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