Daniel McLay sprints to the victory in Águeda

Daniel McLay (Arkéa-Samsic) affirmed he was coming to Volta a Portugal Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa to win and he finally did it. Leangel Linarez (Miranda-Mortágua) was second Riccardo Minali (Nippo Delko Provence) came down in third.

Today’s stage was expected to suit well the fastest man in the peloton as it should finish with a sprint. The peloton set a high pace right from the beggining with an average speed of around 45 km per hour, during the first hour of the race. At that time, Burgos-BH and W52-FC Porto were the teams in the front of the pack.

The five man breakaway, formed by Héctor Sáez (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Mauro Finetto (Nippo Delko Provence), Anthony Delaplace (Team Arkéa-Samsic), Fábio Costa (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO) and Hugo Sancho (Miranda-Mortágua), was always under the pelotons control and ended 17km to the end.

Willem Smit (Burgos-BH) launched na attack 13 km away from the finish, but team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA did everything to keep him under the peloton’s eye. The attack did not last for long as the riders arrived all together to the last kilometers.

Team Arkéa-Samsic worked hard to put Daniel McLay in the best position for the final sprint and the brit won easily over Leangel Linarez (Miranda-Mortágua) and Riccardo Minali (Nippo Delko Provence).

No major changes on the overall classification, with Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) still holding the Jogos Santa Casa yellow jersey. Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) stays in second and Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto) in third.

Luís Gomes reinforced his lead for the Cofidis points Jersey as well as Simon Carr (Nippo Delko Provence) for the IPDJ youth Jersey. Hugo Nunes owns the Fidelidade mountain jersey and only needs to get to the final stage in Lisbon to win it.

Stage 6 will start in Caldas da Rainha and finish in Torres Vedras, after a 155 km course that is expected to suit the fastest men in the peloton.