The 45th edition of the Tour of the Algarve, Portugal’s biggest international road cycling event, finished yesterday and left the UCI Continental Miranda-Mortágua team feeling optimistic and "very positive" with the outcome of the team’s second participation in the prestigious race. That was the comment from Pedro Silva, the team's director sportif, who in the end was extremely satisfied with the work done by the whole team – and in a competition where 12 of the 18 World Tour teams were present, which made the level of racing "very high."
Miranda-Mortágua started off on the "right foot" on Wednesday, February 20, the day that marked the race’s start with the first stage. Daniel Freitas was the best Portuguese racer upon arrival in Lagos, which also set up Mortágua as the best Portuguese team in the race.
Jesus Nanclares was equally prominent, having made it into the break on two occasions during both the second and fourth stages. For this he earned recognition as the racer with the most kilometers in the break for the 2019 edition of the Tour of the Algarve.
In the final stage, which linked Faro to Alto do Malhão by way of a 173.5 km racecourse, Gaspar Gonçalves was prevented from completing the race due to an injury.
"They were five very hard days. In my opinion, this Tour of the Algarve was more competitive than in previous years; this also helped elevate the pace. I want to congratulate the whole team; we achieved practically everything we set out to do at the start of the race. We stood out with Daniel in the sprints, and in the breaks with Jesus. We left this Tour of the Algarve with a sense of mission accomplished,” summarized Pedro Silva.
According to Silva, compared to the 2018 season, Miranda-Mortágua's results and performance "have greatly improved, and are excellent indicators for the remaining season."
General Classification, individual:
1. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), 19h26m34s
63º Sergio Vega (Miranda-Mortágua) +28m26s
93º Hugo Sancho (Miranda-Mortágua) +39m54s
94º Ivo Pinheiro (Miranda-Mortágua) +40m11s
103º Daniel Freitas (Miranda-Mortágua), +42m40s
General Classification, teams:
1st Team Sky, 58h26m14s
22nd Miranda-Mortágua, +1h39m15s
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