In this first stage of the Volta a Portugal Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa, was Luís Gomes to take the win, after beating Daniel Mestre in a very close sprint.
Marvin Scheulen (LA Alumínios-LA Sport) was the only man on the breakaway of the day, that started right on the first moments of the race. Scheulen kept building his advantage towards the peloton and stabilized at around 5m30.
The LA Alumínios-LA Sport rider reached the first high point of the race, at Alto de Covide, in front, followed by David Ribeiro (LA Alumínios-LA Sport) and Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH).
Meanwhile, W52-FC Porto was leading the peloton, keeping a calm but controlled pace. At that time, Marvin Scheulen’s advantage had already started to go down, and, with less than 80 km to go, the Portuguese rider’s lead was of 3m41s.
It was only at 13 km to go that Team Rally Cycling took action to clear the breakaway. Then, with the 180km that linked Montalegre to Alto de Santa Luzia, in Viana do Castelo, almost coming to an end, it was time for the main candidates to make their move.
The last climb was the perfect stage for attacks coming from different teams, but all the attempts were cleared, leaving room for a sprint that gave the win to Luís Gomes (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO). Daniel Mestre (W52-FC Porto) came right after, followed by his teammate Gustavo Veloso, who is still the race leader, and will still be wearing the Jogos Santa Casa yellow jersey.
Carlos Canal (Burgos-BH) is the owner of the IPDJ youth jersey, Daniel Mestre (W52-FC Porto) has the Cofidis points Jersey and today’s winner, Luís Gomes owns the Fidelidade mountain Jersey.
Tomorrow’s mythical stage will link Paredes to Alto da Senhora da Graça, in a 167km route that will benefit the climbers, with three first and two fourth category climbs.