Ruben Guerreiro does not feel in the best conditions and has abdicated from participating.
Portugal will line up with just five cyclists in the men’s distance competition at the World Championships, after Ruben Guerreiro has given up his participation in Sunday’s race, confirmed to Lusa the national selector.
“He [Guerreiro] he didn’t have good feelings in the last few days, he wasn’t doing very well and he asked not to come this time, and I respected it,” José Poeira began by explaining, in statements to the Lusa agency.
Thus, Portugal will be represented on Sunday by five riders, one less than a quota that was awarded according to the ranking of the International Cycling Union, because, according to the coach, “I was very high” to summon a sixth element.
“It’s a lot of kilometers and there are either races to prepare for this atypical classic, or it’s better to build the ones that run regularly and do a mileage more or less into it. Of course I’d rather there were six. with experience of running tests these, but there are periods when they are not so well … patience, “he conceded.
The Portuguese team will take part in the elite men’s endurance race, a “marathon” of 268.3 kilometers between the Belgian cities of Antwerp and Leuven, which “imitates” the best of Flanders classics in a succession of circuits, with João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Rui Oliveira (United Arab Emirates), newcomer André Carvalho (Cofidis), and Rafael Reis (Efapel), the only representative of the national squad.
Rui Costa, the only Portuguese to be crowned world champion (2013), had also renounced being present at the World Championships in Flanders, considering that the course was not suited to his characteristics.