The Uruguayan cyclist Mauricio Moreira (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor) won for the first time the Volta a Portugal by bicycle, which ended on Monday, August 15th with a time trial of about 19 kilometers that will connect Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia .
The tenth and final stage of the Volta a Portugal linked Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia in a time trial of about 19 kilometers. The winner of the stage was the Uruguayan Mauricio Moreira (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor) who finished 21 seconds ahead of the Portuguese António Carvalho (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor), and 1 minute and 5 seconds ahead of the Spanish Alejandro Manuel Marque (Tuna General / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel).
The starting shirt for the last stage, the Portuguese Frederico Figueiredo (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor), ended up in seventh position, 1 minute and 16 seconds behind the Uruguayan cyclist.
Note that, in this last step, the American Barry Miller of the Angolan team BAI-Sicasal-Petro de Luanda was in 23rd place 2 minutes and 6 seconds from the winner.
Mauricio Moreira makes history in the race
In general, the Uruguayan cyclist Mauricio Moreira (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor) finished with the leader’s yellow jersey, winning the race, the Tour of Portugal, for the first time. It should be noted that for the first time in the history of the event, a cyclist from Uruguay won the winner’s trophy.
In second place was the Portuguese Frederico Figueiredo (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor), 1 minute and 9 seconds from the winner, third place was also held by the Portuguese António Carvalho (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor), 2 minutes and 35 seconds from the Uruguayan athlete.
Overall, the best athlete of the Angolan team was the American Barry Miller, who finished in 16th place. 16 minutes and 08 seconds from the leader. As for the Angolan athletes: Igor Silva was in 105th and last position at 2 hours 44 minutes and 44 seconds, while José Cruz ended up withdrawing in the eighth stage.
Note that the Angolan team BAI-Sicasal-Petro de Luanda participated in the competition with 3 Spanish athletes, one Uruguayan, one North American and two Angolans – José Cruz and Igor Silva.
Nonetheless, only five made it to the end: the North American Barry Miller, the Spaniard Mauro Rato, the Uruguayan Eric Antonio Fagundez, the Spaniard Mikel Mujika and the Angolan Igor Silva. Two exhibited for dropping out during the race: the Spaniard Iñigo Gonzalez and the Angolan José Cruz.
Glassdrive won two other ratings
In addition to the first three places in the individual general, the Portuguese team Glassdrive the classification by Portuguese teams Frederico Figudo (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolorire) during the mountain classification periodfor best climber with 60 points.
The points classification, for best sprinter, was collected by American Scott McGill. (Wildlife Generation) with 190 points, while the best youngster was the Spaniard Jokin Murguialday (Caja Rural – Insurance RGA).
In 2023, the Volta a Portugal by bike will start in Viseu and end in Viana do Castelo.