Portuguese cyclist beat Jóni Brandão on Sunday’s time trial. At the start of this final stage, the two riders were tied which is unprecedented in the history of the race.
It was in the time trial that started in Vila Nova de Gaia and ended in the center of Porto (19.5 km) that W52-FC Porto’s João Rodrigues got the better of Jóni Brandão (Efapel) and won the much desired 81º Volta a Portugal
The 24-year-old rider put a Portuguese back in the highest lap of the Tour after Spaniard Raul Alarcón (W52-FC Porto) won the last two races. The last Portuguese cyclist to win was Rui Vinhas, in 2016.
Jóni Brandão finished the time trial with another 26 seconds, finishing in third place, falling to second place in the overall.
The final stage of the Tournament, the time trial in Porto, was very emotional and the victory was decided by seconds, something unheard of in the history of the Portuguese race. There were never two runners tied at the start of the last leg.
Remember that after the last stage in line and the arrival at Senhora da Graça, in Mondim de Basto, won by António Carvalho, the yellow jersey was tied. W52-FC Porto made a double, João Rodrigues finished immediately behind his team-mate and annulled the scant second that he had a disadvantage over the general classification commander, Joni Brandão (Efapel), who was third on arrival at Monte Farinha.