The rider from W52-FC Porto set the pace for the start of the Volta a Portugal Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa started, this sunday, in Fafe, and took the win on the opening prologue.
Last year’s winner, Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto), and Rafael Reis (Feirense), who won in 2018 and 2016, were some of the biggest candidates for today’s win, but Gustavo Veloso gave them no chance.
In this individual fight against time, the first results to come out were not enough to set the pace for today’s prologue. That would eventually come from Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto) with 9m47s. The Portuguese rider got the hot seat which would soon be stolen by Daniel Mestre (W52-FC Porto) with 9m40s.
This short yet demanding route left its’ marks on the athletes who did not see their times come easy. Nevertheless, it took Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto) only 9m39s to cross the finish line and show that age is just a number. However, the W52-FC Porto rider almost saw is place being taken by Rafael Reis (Feirense), who lost the chance to win for one second only.
Efapel’s man for the general classification was also successful in this first test to the riders’ physical conditions. António Carvalho and Jóni Brandão finished 5th and 6th overall. The last man to go on the road was the winner of last year’s race, João Rodrigues (W52-FC Porto), who finished in 8th place, 8 seconds away from the winner.
Closing the top 10 was Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Aviludo/Louletano), who stops the clock in 9m51s, is also on the fight for the yellow Jersey.
Veloso is the general classification’s current leader and will be the man in yellow at the start tomorrow, on the first stage of the Volta a Portugal Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa. The 180 km course will link Montalegre and the top of Santa Luzia, in Viana do Castelo.