Daniel McLay strikes again and wins in Torres Vedras

Different city, same winner. Daniel McLay (Arkéa-Samsic), gave no chance to his rivals and went for the win. The brit gave all he had and beat Riccardo Minali (Nippo Delko Provence) and Leangel Linarez (Miranda-Mortágua) again.

Like yesterday, today’s stage went relatively smoothly, with the riders keeping the three-man breakaway under control.

Emanuel Duarte (LA Alumínios-LA Sport) was in the front with Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Willem Smit (Burgos-BH) but was left behind by the due right before the last 20 km. At this time, the peloton was getting closer fast and put an end to the breakaway 5 km to the finish in Torres Vedras.

A fall in the middle of the peloton when there were only 3 km to the finish, broke the pack into pieces. However, this did not affect the main candidates to the win and Daniel McLay (Arkéa-Samsic) managed to get the win again, over Riccardo Minali (Nippo Delko Provence) and Leangel Linarez (Miranda-Mortágua).

Regarding the overall classification, there are still no changes to the top 3, as Amaro Antunes (W52-Porto) still holds tight to his Jogos Santa Casa yellow jersey. Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) remains in second and Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto) in third.

Luís Gomes (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO) lost his Cofidis points jersey to today’s stage winner, Daniel McLay, and is now one point away to get it back. Again, Hugo Nunes (Rádio Popular-Boavista) has already secured his Fidelidade mountain jersey and only needs to finish the race to keep it. Simon Carr (Nippo Delko Provence) still holds the IPDJ youth jersey.

The penultimate stage of Volta a Portugal will start in Loures, where the riders will initiate the 161 km until Setúbal. This will be the last chance for the sprinters to show what they are capable of.