Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) arrived alone to the finish line in Viseu to win the third stage of Volta ao Algarve Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa.
When the riders left Felgueiras aiming to go through a 171,9 km course to Viseu, no one could imagine how this third stage of the Volta a Portugal Edição Especial Jogos Santa Casa would turn out to be.
Today, the fans were lucky enough to witness a true spectacle. A very atypical stage with attacks right from the beginning all the way to the end, where anything could change at any minute.
Team Radio Popular-Boavista was aiming to keep the mountain jersey safe with Hugo Nunes and put three men on the front to help. However, Nunes was not the only one wanting to get the white and red jersey. This, again, motivated several attacks coming from the peloton, which meant bad news for the sprinters.
Among the riders in the main breakaway was Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), who launched an attack when there was still over 40 km left, gaining 2m05 over men behind him. Meanwhile, team Miranda-Mortágua was trying to set the pace in the head of the peloton.
The Spaniard started to lose time towards the last 20 km of the stage and, in the last kilometer, he was less than 40 seconds away from the pack. However, the peloton was not able to organize itself well enough to reach Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), who lifted his arms to cross the finish line in Viseu. The peloton arrived in a sprint, with Daniel McLay (Arkéa-Samsic) coming in second and Leangel Linarez (Miranda-Mortágua) in third.
Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) remains the leader of the Volta, ahead of Frederico Figueiredo (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel) and Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto), and will still be wearing the yellow jersey in tomorrow’s stage.
The Cofidis points jersey is with Luís Gomes (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO) and Simon Carr (Nippo Delko Provence) will carry the IPDJ youth jersey, even after getting a flat tire only 5 km from the finish. And, as previously mentioned, Hugo Nunes (Rádio Popular-Boavista) managed to keep the Fidelidade mountain jersey.
Tomorrow can be one of the most important stages of the Volta, as significant gaps can happen. The riders will start in Guarda and finish at the top of Torre, in Covilhã, after 148km.