Volta a Portugal

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Volta a Portugal
Race details
Date August
Region Portugal
English name Tour of Portugal
Local name(s) Volta a Portugal (Portuguese)
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Europe Tour
Type Stage race 2.1`
Race director Joaquim Gomes
History
First edition 1927 (1927)
Editions 76 (as of 2014)
First winner  Augusto de Carvalho (PRT)
Most wins  David Blanco (ESP) (5)
Most recent  Gustavo César Veloso (ESP)

The Volta a Portugal em bicicleta is a long distance road bicycle race for professionals held in Portugal. The competition takes place annually during a two-week span.

History[edit]

The competition started in 1927, although its second edition only occurred in 1931. In 1936 and 1937 the tour did not take place. During World War II the race was cancelled between 1942 and 1945. In 1975 the competition was skipped due to the Carnation Revolution.

In the period 1940-1980 the competition was staged over three weeks. Since the 1980s it was reduced to the period of two weeks. As of 2005 the race consisted only of ten stages. In the last years the race consisted of ten stages and a prologue (a short time trial that starts the race). It is still the longest competition in cycling after the three grand Tours. It is one of the oldest stage races in the world. Although not as important as the three Grand Tours, it has long been a significant competition. In the last few years, however, it has declined in importance, especially due the fact that it now takes place immediately after the Tour de France, and before the Vuelta a España, a schedule that precludes the participation of major teams and cyclists.

List of winners[edit]

Rider Team
1927 Portugal Carvalho, Augusto deAugusto de Carvalho (PRT) Carcavelos
1928
1930
No race
1931 Portugal Nicolau, Jose MariaJosé Maria Nicolau (PRT) Benfica
1932 Portugal Trindade, AlfredoAlfredo Trindade (PRT) Rio de Janeiro
1933 Portugal Trindade, AlfredoAlfredo Trindade (PRT) Sporting
1934 Portugal Nicolau, Jose MariaJosé Maria Nicolau (PRT) Benfica
1935 Portugal Luis, CesarCésar Luís (PRT) Leões do Alentejo
1936
1937
No race
1938 Portugal Albuquerque, JoseJosé Albuquerque (PRT) Campo de Ourique
1939 Portugal Fernandes, JoaquimJoaquim Fernandes (PRT) CUF
1940 Portugal Albuquerque, JoseJosé Albuquerque (PRT) Sporting
1941 Portugal Inacio, FranciscoFrancisco Inácio (PRT) Sporting
1942–
1945
No race due to due to World War II
1946 Portugal Martins, JoseJosé Martins (PRT) Iluminante
1947 Portugal Martins, JoseJosé Martins (PRT) Benfica
1948 Portugal Moreira, FernandoFernando Moreira (PRT) FC Porto
1949 Portugal Santos, Dias dosDias dos Santos (PRT) FC Porto
1950 Portugal Santos, Dias dosDias dos Santos (PRT) FC Porto
1951 Portugal Barbosa, AlvesAlves Barbosa (PRT) Sangalhos
1952 Portugal Sá, Moreira deMoreira de Sá (PRT) FC Porto
1953 No race
1954 No race
1955 Portugal Silva, Ribeiro daRibeiro da Silva (PRT) Académico do Porto
1956 Portugal Barbosa, AlvesAlves Barbosa (PRT) Sangalhos
1957 Portugal Silva, Ribeiro daRibeiro da Silva (PRT) Académico do Porto
1958 Portugal Barbosa, AlvesAlves Barbosa (PRT) Sangalhos
1959 Portugal Carvalho, CarlosCarlos Carvalho (PRT) FC Porto
1960 Portugal Cardoso, SousaSousa Cardoso (PRT) FC Porto
1961 Portugal Silva, MarioMário Silva (PRT) FC Porto
1962 Portugal Pacheco, JoseJosé Pacheco (PRT) FC Porto
1963 Portugal Roque, JoaoJoão Roque (PRT) Sporting
1964 Portugal Leao, JoaquimJoaquim Leão (PRT) FC Porto
1965 Portugal Alves, PeixotoPeixoto Alves (PRT) Benfica
1966 Portugal Valada, FranciscoFrancisco Valada (PRT) Benfica
1967 Belgium Houbrechts, AntoineAntoine Houbrechts (BEL) Flandria
1968 Portugal Silva, AmericoAmérico Silva (PRT) Benfica
1969 Portugal Andrade, JoaquimJoaquim Andrade (PRT) Sangalhos
1970 Portugal Agostinho, JoaquimJoaquim Agostinho (PRT) Sporting
1971 Portugal Agostinho, JoaquimJoaquim Agostinho (PRT) Sporting
1972 Portugal Agostinho, JoaquimJoaquim Agostinho (PRT) Sporting
1973 Spain Manzaneque, JesusJesus Manzaneque (ESP) Messias
1974 Portugal Mendes, FernandoFernando Mendes (PRT) Benfica
1975 No race due to due to Carnation Revolution
1976 Portugal Bernardino, FirminoFirmino Bernardino (PRT) Benfica
1977 Portugal Teixeira, AdelinoAdelino Teixeira (PRT) Lousa
1978 Portugal Silva, BelmiroBelmiro Silva (PRT) Coimbrões
1979 Portugal Sousa Santos, JoaquimJoaquim Sousa Santos (PRT) FC Porto
1980 Portugal Miranda, FranciscoFrancisco Miranda (PRT) Lousa
1981 Portugal Zeferino, ManuelManuel Zeferino (PRT) FC Porto
1982 Portugal Chagas, MarcoMarco Chagas (PRT) FC Porto
1983 Portugal Chagas, MarcoMarco Chagas (PRT) Mako Jeans
1984 Portugal Fernandes, VenceslauVenceslau Fernandes (PRT) Ajacto
1985 Portugal Chagas, MarcoMarco Chagas (PRT) Sporting
1986 Portugal Chagas, MarcoMarco Chagas (PRT) Sporting
1987 Portugal Cunha, ManuelManuel Cunha (PRT) Sicasal/Torreense
1988 United Kingdom Theakston, CaynCayn Theakston (GBR) Louletano/Vale do Lobo
1989 Portugal Gomes, JoaquimJoaquim Gomes (PRT) Sicasal/Torreense
1990 Portugal Carvalho, FernandoFernando Carvalho (PRT) Ruquita/Feirense
1991 Portugal Silva, JorgeJorge Silva (PRT) Sicasal/Acral
1992 Brazil Freitas, CassioCássio Freitas (BRA) Recer/Boavista
1993 Portugal Gomes, JoaquimJoaquim Gomes (PRT) Recer/Boavista FCBoavista
1994 Portugal Rodrigues, OrlandoOrlando Rodrigues (PRT) Artiach
1995 Portugal Rodrigues, OrlandoOrlando Rodrigues (PRT) Artiach
1996 Italy Lelli, MassimilianoMassimiliano Lelli (ITA) Saeco/Levira
1997 Poland Jaskula, ZenonZenon Jaskuła (POL) Mapei
1998 Italy Serpellini, MarcoMarco Serpellini (ITA) Brescialat
1999 Spain Plaza, DavidDavid Plaza (ESP) Benfica
2000 Portugal Gamito, VitorVítor Gamito (PRT) Porta da Ravessa
2001 Switzerland Jeker, FabianFabian Jeker (SUI) Milaneza-MSS
2002 Denmark Møller, Claus MichaelClaus Michael Møller (DEN) Milaneza-MSS
2003 Portugal Ribeiro, NunoNuno Ribeiro (PRT) LA-Pecol
2004 Spain Bernabeu, DavidDavid Bernabéu (ESP) Milaneza-Maia
2005 Russia Efimkin, VladimirVladimir Efimkin (RUS) Team Barloworld-Valsir
2006 Spain Blanco, DavidDavid Blanco (ESP) Comunidad Valenciana
2007 Spain Tondo, XavierXavier Tondo (ESP) LA-MSS
2008 Spain Blanco, DavidDavid Blanco (ESP) Palmeiras Resort-Tavira
2009 Spain Blanco, DavidDavid Blanco (ESP) Palmeiras Resort-Prio
2010 Spain Blanco, DavidDavid Blanco (ESP) Palmeiras Resort-Prio
2011 Portugal Mestre, RicardoRicardo Mestre (PRT) Tavira-Prio
2012 Spain Blanco, DavidDavid Blanco (ESP) Efapel-Glassdrive
2013 Spain Marque, AlejandroAlejandro Marque (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa
2014 Spain César Veloso, GustavoGustavo César Veloso (ESP) OFM-Quinta da Lixa

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