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8/15/2017

Alarcón wins the Tour, Veloso the stage and Amaro Antunes with the “double”

Party in Viseu and complete dominance for W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor, who also won the team overall


This Tuesday afternoon, Raúl Alarcón became the first foreign cycler to win the Portugal Tour with the blue and white jersey, assuring the victory with a lead of 1:23 over his teammate Amaro Antunes, second. In the final time trial, of 20.1 kilometres, in Viseu, the Spanish was second, 14 seconds behind the best time (26:00.72), which belonged to also blue and white cycler Gustavo Veloso, but it was more than enough to assure the victory, as Amaro Antues was slower (1:06 behind the leader, reaching the tenth place. The blue and white victory was almost a certainty, given the lead of 5:04, achieved in the previous stage, on Monday, over Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loulé), third and the first non-Dragon.

The second victory is one of the consequents of the nearly complete dominance of W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor in the 89th edition of the competition, with another consequence being the victory in the team overall (with a lead of nearly 24 minutes over RP-Boavista, second), and another the victory in six of eleven stages. Amaro Antunes assured the blue jersey, meant for the winner of the mountain stage, and there is another Dragon in the top ten, António Carvalho, sixth. It should also be said that Alarcón was the leader after the first stage, which means the 14th individual and team victories for FC Porto in the history of the Portugal Tour could hardly taste any better. This afternoon’s time trial was just for the consecration, as the opponents were left with nothing but the last step in the podium (Vicente García de Mateos, from Louletano-Hospital de Loulé, 5:25 behind the winner) and the jersey by points (de Mateos) and youth (won by the Latvian champion, Krists Neilands, from Israel Cycling Academy).

Alarcón - who had a great final stage, only beaten by time trial specialist Gustavo Veloso - ends a dream season, as he also won the Asturias Tour, beating the Colombian super champion Nairo Quintana, and the historical Jornal de Notícias Grand Prix, also coming mere centimetres from winning the Madrid Tour.

Classification of the 10th and final stage
1st - Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 26m
2nd - Raúl Alarcón (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 15s behind
3rd - Alejandro Marque (Sporting-Tavira), 18s behind
4th - António Carvalho (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 24s behind
5th - Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loulé), 36s behind
6th - Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 41s behind
(...)
10th - Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 1m07s behind
20th - Joaquim Silva (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 1m27s behind
37th - Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 2m behind
43rd - Rui Vinhas (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 2m14s behind

Individual overall
1st - Raúl Alarcón (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 41h46m14s
2nd - Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 1m23s behind
3rd - Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loulé), 5m25s behind
(...)
6th - António Carvalho (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 7m25s behind
16th - Ricardo Mestre (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 31m12s behind
24th - Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 42m09s behind
45th - Rui Vinhas (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 1h29m39s behind
48th - Samuel Caldeira (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 1h36m25s behind
75th - Joaquim Silva (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 2h09m08s behind

Team overall
1st - W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor, 125h26m02s
2nd - RP-Boavista, 23m49s behind
3rd - Efapel, 28m08s behind

Classification by points
1st - Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loulé), 142
2nd - Raúl Alarcón (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 130
3rd - Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 111

Mountain classification
1st - Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 60 pontos
2nd - Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias), 56
3rd - João Matias (LA-Metalusa Blackjack), 48

Youth overall
1st - Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy), 41h55m49s
2nd - Luís Gomes (RP-Boavista), 42h12m27s
3rd - Chris Prendergast (H&R Block Pro Cycling Team), 42h44m01s

Kombinado award

1st - Raúl Alarcón (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 7
2nd - Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto-Mestre da Cor), 7
3rd - Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loulé), 12

Tour of Portugal - 10th and last stage (15/08/17)
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