Frederico Figueiredo (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) attacked with beneath 4 kilometres to go on the steep banks to the Vila Nova Observatory to win stage 5 of the Volta a Portugal and take over the race lead from teammate Mauricio Moreira, who completed fourth.
Henrique Casimiro (Efapel Biking) completed second and Luís Fernandes (Rádio Well-liked – Paredes – Boavista) was third.
Within the ultimate group of 5 riders to finish the stage 37 seconds behind Figueiredo, have been Antonio Carvalho (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) and Barry Miller (BAI Sicasal Petro de Luanda), fifth and sixth, respectively.
Following a relaxation day on Tuesday, stage 5 took on 165.7 kilometres by means of central Portugal to the menacing mountaintop end at Mirada do Covo with the ultimate 1.7km common 12.8% to the Vila Nova Observatory.
The Glassdrive duo held the highest two spots within the GC, juxtaposing positions after the climb, and Fernandes held third general, now 38 seconds behind Figueiredo. Carvalho moved up one spot to fourth.
With 67km to go a gaggle of eight riders attacked and 25km later had a ninth companion as they held a 1:12 benefit over the peloton, with the yellow jersey safely tucked together with Java Kiwi Atlántico riders sharing duties the entrance with Glassdrive.
Within the breakaway working collectively have been Robin Carpenter (Human Powered Well being), Juan López Cózar (Burgos-BH ), Unai Iribar (Euskaltel – Euskadi), Gaspar Gonçalves (Efapel), António Barbio (Tavfer-Mortágua-Ovos Matinados), Hugo Nunes (Rádio Well-liked – Paredes – Boavista), António Ferreira (Kelly-Simoldes-UDO) & José Maria Garcia (Electro Hiper Europa – Caldas) and Micael Isidoro (ABTF Betão-Feirense).
Not removed from the third and ultimate intermediate dash in Lousã, gained by Garcia, the peloton had the breakaway group in its sight, Carpenter turning round to see the fast-approaching swarm. Glassdrive continued the momentum on the entrance as soon as the break was absorbed with just below 17km to go, 4 teammates setting the tempo for Moreira.
It was a mass of 5 vibrant yellow Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor jerseys, together with the chief’s jersey, carving the best way on the entrance of the peloton as the ultimate 9.9km ascent started, with riders starting to drop off the again. Within the subsequent 2km two riders attacked – Yesid Albeiro Pira (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Vicente García de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano-Loulé Concelho), unzipping their jerseys for the assault with temperatures at 30 Celsius. The assault lasted simply 2km.
Behind Atum general-Tavira-Maria Nova Lodge 15 riders swapped bikes to get workforce chief Alejandro Manuel Marque again into the chase, as he was fourth on GC. Caja Rural’s Jokin Murguialday, in one of the best younger rider jersey and ninth general, was additionally struggling on the again.
With beneath 4km to go, Frederico Figueiredo of Glassdrive hit the fuel and gained 36 seconds over a small chase group – André Cardoso (ABTF Betão-Felrense), Henrique Casimiro (Efapel Biking) and Luís Fernandes (Rádio Well-liked – Paredes – Boavista), the race chief now 53 seconds again.
With 2km to go the chasers have been solely shedding floor and Figueiredo fought to the end line uncontested.
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