In 1970, Joaquim Agostinho won his first Volta a Portugal. At the time, he was already one of the biggest names of national cycling, with victories in the Volta. Firmino Bernardino and Leonel Miranda were his team Sporting fellow companions who lead him to the first of three victories. The two cyclists contributed to not allow FC Porto to attack and try to lead one of their best men, like Joaquim Leão, Mário Silva or José Azevedo to the win. 50 years later, the Volta recalls that moment of Agostinho, with a finish in Torres Vedras.
With this said, the sixth stage will be a tribute, with Torres Vedras adding a finish in the Volta to the usual Joaquim Agostinho Trophy, one of the most important races of the Portuguese calendar. Its iconic statue is a must for all fans of the sport and in the fiftieth anniversary of the first victory in the Volta a Portugal, the Special Edition of 2020 did not forget the rider who marked the history of national cycling.
Starting in Caldas da Rainha, the peloton will have be touring the West side of Portugal during the stag. São Martinho do Porto, Salir do Porto, Foz do Arelho, Óbidos and Bombarral, for example, are part of a course that will only have a fourth category climb in Alfeizerão, in the first kilometres of the 155. The intermediate sprints will be located in Alcobaça, Cadaval and Santa Cruz.
Frederico Figueiredo has good memories of Torres Vedras, as he won the Joaquim Agostinho trophy only a couple of weeks ago. However, as far as the stage victory is concerned, this stage of the Volta is more likely to be for the sprinters, in the final straight of the race. On Monday there will be the time trial in Lisbon to crown the winner.
The main candidates in Torres Vedras are again Daniel McLay (Arkéa Samsic), César Martingil (Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel), João Matias (Aviludo-Louletano), Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto), Leangel Linarez (Miranda-Mortágua) and Rafael Silva (Efapel). However, one cannot rule out the possibility of something unexpected in very technical finish.