Tour of Portugal: Duo de Carlos are the “algarvians” who remain in the Top 10 of the General

Tomorrow takes place the best known and most difficult stage, the climb to the Tower, in Serra da Estrela

The Czech Daniel Babor was the winner of today's stage – Photo: Podium Events/Matias Novo

Délio Fernandez (AP Hotels & Resorts/Tavira/SC Farense), in 9th place, was the best cyclist of an Algarve team in the fourth stage of the Tour of Portugal, which today had the sprint winner, the Czech cyclist Daniel Babor (Caja Rural -RGA Insurance).

The second best Algarvean in the run, 184,5 kilometers between Estremoz and Castelo Branco, was César Martingil (Aviludo – Louletano – Loulé Municipality), in 11th.

With these results, two athletes from teams from the Algarve remain in the Top 10 of the individual general classification. But it is Carlos Salgueiro (Tavira), who is in 8th, soon followed by Carlos Oyarzún (Louletano), in 9th.

The individual general also suffered this Sunday a change in its top, since Rafael Reis is now second and lost the yellow jersey to João Matias (Tavfer-Ovos Matinados-Mortágua), who benefited from bonuses.

Stage winner Daniel Babor, aged 23, completed the 184,5 kilometers between Estremoz and Castelo Branco in 4:36.26 hours, beating the Spanish Ando Lopez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), second, and João Matias, third, over the finish line.

In general terms, before tomorrow at Torre, in Serra da Estrela, to test the candidates for the final victory, Matias benefited from the bonus time on arrival to overtake Rafael Reis (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor), now second, two seconds behind, with the German Lukas Meiler (Vorarlberg) in third, six seconds behind.

Tomorrow, Monday, the fifth stage connects Mação to Covilhã in 184,3 kilometers, with the mythical arrival at the top of the Tower crowning the effort of the peloton, on the first day of high mountain, which also includes climbs to Portela (fourth category ) and Dew (third).


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