The 83rd edition of the national cycling race is already on the road. During twelve days, dozens of elite athletes cover more than 1,500 timed kilometres.


Volta a Portugal returns to our land. The largest summer sporting event in Portugal started at 3:21 pm, on August 4th, with 95 years of history. There are ten stages divided over a dozen days, with 1,559 timed kilometres that end with a spectacular time trial between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.


Until August 15th, a huge logistics built in cooperation with the municipalities will interact locally with around two million people. More than 50 trucks will transport the material with which, day by day, this Volta a Portugal will be assembled and dismantled. More than three thousand signposts will be placed on the roads. And hundreds of professionals will form the caravan that will ensure that everything runs smoothly.


After 30 years of absence, Porto hosted a stage of Volta a Portugal again in 2019, and then in a memorable way, with the yellow jersey being decided in the heart of the Historic Centre. The party that took place in the streets that Sunday afternoon reflects well the enthusiasm that the competition generates in the city, as evidenced by the local winner: Futebol Clube do Porto has won the most Volta a Portugal, 33 (16 individual and 17 team), while Académico Futebol Clube and Boavista Futebol Clube have won four titles each.


In this year's edition, the tenth Volta to pass in Invicta, there will be plenty of magnificence, thrills and support along the entire route.


Thrilling time trial in Porto closes the competition


Contrary to what happened two years ago, Volta a Portugal will pass through the eastern part of the city, on August 15th. It will be the 10th and final stage of the race, with an individual time trial of 18.6 kilometres that starts from Avenida de Francisco Xavier Esteves towards Infante Bridge, where each cyclist will cross the Douro towards the finish line on the Gaia waterfront.


The Porto stage will be broadcast live on RTP.


Text: Francisco Ferreira

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