The teams will be presented on 2 September, at Marquês do Pombal, in Lisbon, following a parade to Cais do Sodré, where they took a boat to Cacilhas, similarly to what happened in the first men's Tour of Portugal. From Cacilhas, the cyclists will depart for an 81.5 kilometre link to Setúbal, land of Oceana Zarco, a pioneer in women's cycling, in the 1920s.
The second stage will link Mafra to Loures, over a 72-kilometre route, with the third stage being decisive for the final triumph, with an individual time trial of 11.1 kilometres, in Vila Franca de Xira. On 5 September, similarly to what happened in the first Men's Tour, the race will end with the connection between Caldas da Rainha and Lisbon, with a total of 94.7 kilometres.
“Volta a Portugal Feminina” will be a motivation for the youngest cyclists to continue their sport development cycles, having as their horizon a career among the elite. It will also be a way to attract new competitors, given the enormous power of attraction and popular sympathy generated by the Volta a Portugal brand”, said the president of the Portuguese Cycling Federation, Delmino Pereira.
This is great news and fantastic for female cyclists! I hope we get to hear lots of news and updates about the racing?
By Stuart from UK on 02 Sep 2021, 17:59