In recent years, Setúbal has re-entered the cycling course, hosting both the Volta a Portugal and the Clássica Arrábida. And it will be exactly when they go through Arrábida where one can see a last bit of excitement regarding the definition of the overall results, either in the fight for the yellow, the podium, or the top ten. Lisbon is in sight, but in Setúbal there will be one last chance for the non-time trial specialists to go for a stage victory.
For the sprinters to have another chance, they’ll have to go through the second category climb in Arrábida, which will end less than 20 km from the finish line. The last few kilometers will be fast, with Avenida Luísa Todi again hosting the stage finish. Between Loures and the city of Sadina will be 161 kilometres, with a fourth category in Carvalha. The intermediate sprints are installed in Vila Franca de Xira, Montijo and Palmela.
Something to recall would be that Hugo Nunes (Rádio Popular-Boavista) and Luís Gomes (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO) lead the mountain and the points, respectively. Nunes already knows that he will on the final podium in Lisbon, and Gomes still has to defend his leadership.
There is one rider who has very good memories of Setúbal. Not only because it is close to his home – Palmela – but also because he got the yellow jersey there, after winning the Volta a Portugal 2018 prologue. At the time, Rafael Reis represented Caja Rural (he is currently representing team Feirense) and showed that day why he is great at individual effort.
However, there is another rider who has also celebrated in Setúbal and, unlike Reis, will have the chance to do it again this seventh stage. Daniel Mestre (W52-FC Porto) is one of the main candidates, as he can handle climbs like Arrábida quite well. Daniel Freitas (Miranda-Mortágua), has been doing an excellent Volta a Portugal (he is not far from the top ten) and this definitely a stage that should suit him well. The sprinters, like Daniel McLay (Arkéa Samsic), may not like the second category climb they have to face.
The start is scheduled for 13h20 in the City Park of Loures and the finish will take place between 17h30 and 17h45.