José Borges of the Miranda Factory Team, won the fifth and final event in the elite category of the Portuguese Enduro Cup yesterday, October 14th, in Ponte de Lima. Yesterday’s victory allowed him to win the Portuguese Cup overall. Second best in the race was teammate, Vasco Bica, a well-known name in downhill but, as his season had already ended, Bica challenged himself to participate in the race that ran through the Limian territories of Bárrio and Cepões.
José Borges, elite men’s national enduro champion, a title he recently defended for the fourth time in a row, was the absolute dominator of Sunday's race, which had about two hundred participants. Borges started early with an advantage, ending up taking the overall standings by adding up the points he needed to confidently take the win.
Miranda Factory Team’s elite racer would end up being the best athlete in the race, winning four of the five specials that would earn him the trophy. His teammate, Vasco Bica, had already claimed second place, at 40.006 seconds down. With 750 total points — 160 more than second place overall, José Borges took the podium to toast the new title.
"Due to the heavy rain that fell the night before, being the first athlete on course I was afraid," explained José Borges.
His goal "was to win the championship” and, to achieve this he knew he couldn’t fail.
“I have always been careful without risking anything. In the end I gave it all to win both the race and bring home the Portuguese Enduro Cup," he added, quite happy with the new title. He concluded: "I finished the season beautifully by conquering all my personal goals: National Champion, Winner of the Portuguese Enduro Cup and very close to the Top 10 in the world."
For his part, Vasco Bica, a downhill racer, said that "given the downhill schedule that has already finished by this time, I went on to do the last race of the Portuguese Enduro Cup with the intention to have fun and train, given that it’s not my race format," he explained. Still, the Miranda & Irmão racer managed to qualify with "a second place, which left me quite amazed and happy with my performance."
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