João Matias climbs the Tower in yellow on test day for Volta a Portugal candidates


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Portuguese cyclist João Matias (Tavfer-Ovos Matinados-Mortágua) climbs the Yellow Tower today, with the highest point in mainland Portugal being the first major challenge for the candidates for victory in the Volta a Portugal.

The start of the fifth stage is at 12:00, with the peloton of the 84th edition of the ‘queen’ race of the national calendar leaving Mação for the 184.3 kilometers of the Torre link.

After passing the milestones of Sardoal (20.7) and Oleiros (85.9), the riders encounter the first mountain of the day, a fourth category mountain at Portela, at kilometer 97.1.

Soon after, they pass the third category in Orvalho (109.1), the last ‘difficulty’ before the approach to the Tower, which they start climbing 100 meters after the Covilhã flyover (164.1).

The finish line, coinciding with a special category mountain prize, will be reached after 20.1 kilometers of ascent, with the first runner at the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,993 meters) expected at around 17:17.

João Matias is just two seconds ahead of compatriot Rafael Reis (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) and six ahead of German Lukas Meiler (Voralberg), with defending champion Mauricio Moreira (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) fifth at seven.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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