Amaro Antunes victorious at the top of Senhora da Graça

The W52-Fc Porto rider beat Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General Tavira Maria Nova Hotel) in the last meters of the top of Senhora da Graça to win the second stage of Volta a Portugal Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa.

Kilometer 15 marked the start of the third stage’s breakaway, which included 13 riders, and settled with an advantage of around three minutes. Efapel was keeping the pace in the front of the peloton and it took Rally Cycling to drastically bring down the time difference to the head of the race. There, some riders were starting to be left behind.

In the meantime, Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) launches an attack from the peloton. Several candidates to the yellow Jersey, like Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) respond to the strike.

Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto) remained isolated at the front while climbing the first category climb of Barreiro, with Hugo Nunes and Daniel Silva (Rádio Popular-Boavista) coming right after. Amaro Antunes did not take too long to reach Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto), the guys on the head of the race.

The fight for the yellow jersey was at full force and, unlike the most recent finishes in Senhora da Graça, due to the attacks by the main riders for the general classification taking place from afar.

The advantage of the riders in the front was at 1m16s, at 10 km to the finish. Soon after, only Amaro Antunes (W52 FC-Porto) and Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) were left and 400 meters away from the end the W52 FC-Porto rider launched his attack.

Antunes was the winner at the top of Senhora da Graça and conquered the Jogos Santa Casa yellow jersey, and Cofidis points jersey. The Fidelidade mountain jersey is now with Hugo Nunes (Rádio Popular-Boavista) and Simon Carr (Nippo Delko Provence) was the IPDJ youth jersey winner.

Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) is now second on the fight for the yellow jersey, 13 seconds away from the winner. In third is now Gustavo Veloso (1m13), who lost the yellow to Figueiredo.

Tomorrow is time for stage 3 to take place. The riders will go from Felgueiras through a 171,9 km course to Viseu, where a finish that will, most likely, suit the sprinters awaits.