Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) gave all he had on the time trial and managed to secure the yellow jersey. Gustavo César Veloso (W52-FC Porto) was today’s winner and goes up to second in the overall classification.
Today was the final stage of the Volta a Portugal Special Edition Jogos Santa Casa, and it was certain that Gustavo César Veloso (W52-FC Porto) would be the man to beat on this 17,7-kilometer time trial.
Veloso was this stage’s winner with 21m34, beating António Carvalho (Efapel) by only eight seconds. Anthony Delaplace (Arkéa-Samsic) came in third, 17 seconds away from the rider from W52-FC Porto.
In recent years it has always been the individual fight against the clock closing the Volta and deciding the winner. Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) finished seventh, with 22m05s, which was more than enough to not let Veloso get too close.
Amaro Antunes is this Special Edition’s winner of the Jogos Santa Casa yellow jersey, giving his team another victory at the Volta. Gustavo César Veloso managed to pass Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) up to the second place, leaving his rival with on the third step of the final podium. Luís Gomes won the Cofidis points jersey, Hugo Nunes the Fidelidade mountain jersey, and Simon Carr IPDJ the youth jersey.
Overall, it is fair to say that the time trial, the prologue, and the climb to Senhora da Graça ended up setting up the top 3, with Gustavo César Veloso (W52-FC Porto) winning two of them and, Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) and Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) making a difference on the mountain stage.