Rafael Rafael Reis can take off his Volta a Portugal yellow again in Castelo Branco

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Portuguese cyclist Rafael Reis (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) will wear the yellow again today, in the fourth stage of the 84th Volta a Portugal, in another hot day and with a predictable sprint finish.

First yellow jersey of this edition, the 31-year-old runner regained the lead of the general on Saturday, in the third stage, and leaves for the 184.5 kilometers between Estremoz and Castelo Branco with two seconds of advantage over João Matias (Tavfer-Ovos Matinados-Mortágua) and four over the German Lukas Meiler (Voralberg), respectively second and third.

On the eve of the climb to the Tower, Reis should lose the yellow again, since the arrival at Avenida Nuno Álvares, scheduled for 17:26, is traditionally the scene of the sprinters’ party, as happened last year, when Matias won there.

But before they get there, the cyclists will find two flywheels, in Alter do Chão and Portalegre, located respectively at 52.1 and 86.4 kilometers, which will distribute the first bonus seconds.

Before crossing the last intermediate sprint of the day, in Vila Velha de Ródão (154.6), the peloton climbs Monte Paleiros (94.1) and Serra de São Miguel (148.5), both classified as third category, the same categorization attributed to Retaxo, located at kilometer 171.3.

Iris Lavan
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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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