The cyclist, qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in track cycling, completed the 108.3 kilometers, corresponding to five laps of a circuit in Castelo Branco, with a time of 3:13.23 hours.
In second place in the ‘sprint’ was Daniela Campos (Bizkaia-Durango), who on Friday was crowned individual time trial champion, with the bronze medal to be won by Daniela Pereira (Clube BTT Matosinhos), two seconds from two first.
At 21, returning to Nationals, this is Maria Martins’ first elite title, second in 2018, at a time when, running for British Drops, she was already third in the Ronde de Mouscron.
The race was always compact, with no attacks, no big movements, with a block arrival at the finish line, in Castelo Branco.
One lap before the elites, it was Beatriz Pereira (Bairrada) who became the national junior champion, at age 17, in a sprint triumph, and, on her third time in the competition, it was cadet Marta Carvalho (Extremesul/Hotel Alísios /Cenmais) to raise their arms.