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Volta a Portugal: Platoon returns to the road after day of rest

Volta a Portugal returns to the road, after the day of rest, with the completion of the sixth stage, between Sernancelhe and Boticas (165.4 kilometers), with Spaniard Raul Alarcón (W52-FC Porto) leading.

With half of the 80th edition completed, the 2017 winner has 52 seconds to advance over Jóni Brandão (Sporting-Tavira) and 1.41 over the Spaniard Vicente García de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano).

After the departure of Sernancelhe, in the Volta, cyclists will have to pass through three mountain counts of third category, in São João de Lobrigos (60.8 kilometers), Cumieira (73,5) and Pinho (136,7) .

However, the great difficulty of the stage will be 16.6 kilometers of Boticas, with a first class count in Torneiros, a climb in debut in the Tour to Portugal.

This climb will be very short, but difficult, with only five kilometers, but with an average slope of eight percent, followed by a route almost always descending to the city of Transmontana, which receives its arrival for the first time.

The sixth stage will have flying goals in Moimenta da Beira (11.6 kilometers), Vila Real (81.7) and Vidago (126.7), with the actual departure being given at 13:10.

The physical condition of Rui Vinhas, winner in 2017 and one of Alarcón’s top assistants, will be one of the questions for this stage, after the violent fall suffered in the fifth stage on Monday.

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