81st Tour of Portugal ends in Aliados

​"We will create a fantastic setting for the end of the race," predicted Rui Moreira regarding the final time trial of the 81st ‘Volta a Portugal’ by bicycle, scheduled for August 11th and with the finish line in Avenida dos Aliados. After 30 years, the end of the race is back in Porto.

The last stage of the cycling race, to be competed between Gaia and Porto, was presented at the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library by the Mayor of Porto with his counterpart from Gaia, Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues, the former champion and current director of ‘Volta a Portugal’, Joaquim Gomes, and the president of the ‘Federação Portuguesa de Ciclismo’ (Portuguese Cycling Federation), Delmino Pereira, also a former winner of ‘Volta a Portugal’.

The session began with the presentation of the book “Primórdios do ciclismo em Portugal”, written by Filipe d'Orey Marchand to pay tribute to his grandfather José Diogo de Albuquerque d'Orey, champion from the 19th century. It is a work with the support of Porto City Hall and Rui Moreira, who emphasized that Porto is "a city that loves cycling", as demonstrated by the huge public in every cycling race in the city and the various clubs of Invicta (Porto) with a strong dedication to the sport. In addition, he explained, the initiative to bring ‘Volta a Portugal’ back to Aliados is part of the strategy of "changing the sporting events every year" in Porto, something that Rui Moreira has pointed out having been increased by the collaboration with Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues, exemplifying with the nautical competitions or the Red Bull Air Race.

The president of the federation, Delmino Pereira, also talked about the last finish line in Aliados with the colours of FC Boavista, in 1989, being sure that "we will have the same enthusiasm so many years later."

To celebrate its 90 years, the event thus comes to an end with a time trial between Canidelo/Santa Marinha/Coimbrões/Avenida da República/Santo Ovídio/Ponte do Infante/Largo de Soares dos Reis/Freixo/Marginal/Túnel da Ribeira/São Bento/Clérigos/Aliados. It will be 19.5 kilometres with different routes with the finish line, for the ninth time, in front of the Porto City Hall.

Porto has always been part of Volta since its inception, except on only one of the first 37 editions (it was not part of the map of the 8th Volta in 1939), but two years later it had both start and finish.

In 1989, in the 51st edition, the King of Volta - Joaquim Gomes, the current race director - was crowned for the last time - in a stage also competed in an individual time trial starting in Matosinhos and a 21.5-kilometre route.

In the long history of Volta, Porto was in 141 stages, 70 of which were finishes lines and eight of them had the seal of Great End of the race.

The 81st ‘Volta a Portugal’ Santander, held from July 31st to August 11th, is officially presented on June 6th in Lisbon.

Source: Porto.pt

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Published 08-05-2019