A day after Rafael Reis wore the first yellow in Viseu, the 125 cyclists that make up the peloton for this stage have 188.5 kilometres ahead of them, mostly flat, between the National Velodrome in Sangalhos, Anadia, and Ourém.

The Portuguese from Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor has two seconds of advantage over Spaniard Txomin Juaristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and three over his Uruguayan teammate Mauricio Moreira, the defending champion who is third overall.