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The Volta a Portugal (English: Tour of Portugal), also known as Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta (English: Tour of Portugal on Bicycle), is an annual multi-stage road bicycle racing competition held in Portugal. The competition takes place during a two-week span.

Volta a Portugal
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DateAugust
RegionPortugal
English nameTour of Portugal
Local name(s)Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
TypeStage race
Race directorJoaquim Gomes
Web sitewww.volta-portugal.com Edit this at Wikidata
First edition1927 (1927)
Editions81 (as of 2019)
First winner Augusto de Carvalho (PRT)
Most wins David Blanco (ESP)
(5 wins)
Most recent João Rodrigues (POR)

HistoryEdit

The competition started in 1927, although its second edition only occurred in 1931. In 1936 and 1937 the tour did not take place. During World War II the race was cancelled between 1942 and 1945. In 1975 the competition was skipped due to the Carnation Revolution.

In the period 1940-1980 the competition was staged over three weeks. Since the 1980s it was reduced to the period of two weeks. As of 2005 the race consisted only of ten stages. In the last years the race consisted of ten stages and a prologue (a short time trial that starts the race). It is still the longest competition in cycling after the three grand Tours. It is one of the oldest stage races in the world. Although not as important as the three Grand Tours, it has long been a significant competition. In the last few years, however, it has declined in importance, especially due the fact that it now takes place immediately after the Tour de France, and before the Vuelta a España, a schedule that precludes the participation of major teams and cyclists.[1]

List of winnersEdit

Volta a Portugal winners[2][3][4]
Year 1st General Classification 2nd General Classification 3rd General Classification Team Classification
1927   Augusto de Carvalho (Carcavelos)   Nunes Abreu (Leixões)   Quirino Oliveira (Campo de Ourique)   Carcavelos
1928
1929
1930
1931   José Maria Nicolau (Benfica)   Alfredo Trindade (Rio de Janeiro)   João Francisco (Campo de Ourique)   Benfica
1932   Alfredo Trindade (Rio de Janeiro)   José Maria Nicolau (Benfica)   Carlos Domingues Leal (Benfica)   Benfica
1933   Alfredo Trindade (Sporting CP)   Ezequiel Lino (Sporting CP)   César Luís (Benfica)   Sporting CP
1934   José Maria Nicolau (Benfica)   Ezequiel Lino (Sporting CP)   Aguiar Cunha (Benfica)   Benfica
1935   César Luís (Velo Clube–Leões Ferreira do Alentejo)   José Marquez (Campo de Ourique)   Filipe de Melo (Carcavelos)   Campo de Ourique
1936
1937
1938   José Albuquerque (Campo de Ourique)   Filipe de Melo (Sporting CP)   Joaquim Fernandes (CUF)   CUF
1939   Joaquim Fernandes (CUF)   António Bartolomeu (Belenenses)   Aguiar Martins (Benfica)   Benfica
1940   José Albuquerque (Sporting CP)   Aguiar Martins (Benfica)   Aguiar Cunha (Benfica)   Sporting CP
1941   Francisco Inácio (Sporting CP)   José Martins (Iluminante)   Aniceto Bruno (FC Porto)   Sporting CP
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946   José Martins (Iluminante)   Fernando Moreira (FC Porto)   João Rebelo (Sporting CP)   Iluminante
1947   José Martins (Benfica)   João Rebelo (Benfica)   Império dos Santos (Benfica)   Benfica
1948   Fernando Moreira (FC Porto)   Emilio Rodriguez (Sangalhos)   João Rebelo (Benfica)   FC Porto
1949   Dias dos Santos (FC Porto)   Attilio Lambertini (FC Porto)   Joaquim de Sá (FC Porto)   FC Porto
1950   Dias dos Santos (FC Porto)   Mario Fazzio (Sporting CP)   Moreira de Sá (FC Porto)   FC Porto
1951   Alves Barbosa (Sangalhos)   Manolo Rodriguez (Sangalhos)   Emilio Rodriguez (Sangalhos)   Sangalhos
1952   Moreira de Sá (FC Porto)   Emilio Rodriguez (Sangalhos)   Manolo Rodriguez (Sangalhos)   FC Porto
1953
1954
1955   Ribeiro da Silva (Académico do Porto)   Sousa Santos (FC Porto)   Alves Barbosa (Sangalhos)   FC Porto
1956   Alves Barbosa (Sangalhos)   Ribeiro da Silva (Académico do Porto)   João Marcelino (Benfica)   Académico do Porto
1957   Ribeiro da Silva (Académico do Porto)   Sousa Santos (FC Porto)   Agostinho Ferreira (Académico do Porto)   Académico do Porto
1958   Alves Barbosa (Sangalhos)   Sousa Cardoso (FC Porto)   Carlos Carvalho (FC Porto)   FC Porto
1959   Carlos Carvalho (FC Porto)   Jorge Corvo (Ginásio de Tavira)   Aquiles Dos Santos (Sangalhos)   FC Porto
1960   Sousa Cardoso (FC Porto)   António Baptista (Sangalhos)   António Gómez del Moral (Licor 43)   FC Porto
1961   Mário Silva (FC Porto)   Augusto Marcoletti (Ignis)   Alberto Carvalho (Académico do Porto)   Sporting CP
1962   José Pacheco (FC Porto)   Peixoto Alves (Benfica)   Jorge Corvo (Ginásio de Tavira)   Sporting CP
1963   João Roque (Sporting CP)   Jorge Corvo (Ginásio de Tavira)   Peixoto Alves (Benfica)   Benfica
1964   Joaquim Leão (FC Porto)   Jorge Corvo (Ginásio de Tavira)   João Roque (Sporting CP)   FC Porto
1965   Peixoto Alves (Benfica)   João Roque (Sporting CP)   Mário Silva (FC Porto)   Flandria
1966   Francisco Valada (Benfica)   Peixoto Alves (Benfica)   Sérgio Páscoa (Ginásio de Tavira)   Benfica
1967   Antoine Houbrechts (Flandria)   João Roque (Sporting CP)   Manuel Correia (Sporting CP)   Sporting CP
1968   Américo Silva (Benfica)   Joaquim Agostinho (Sporting CP)   Leonel Miranda (Sporting CP)   Sporting CP
1969   Joaquim Andrade (Sangalhos)   Fernando Mendes (Benfica)   Mário Silva (FC Porto)   FC Porto
1970   Joaquim Agostinho (Sporting CP)   Firmino Bernardino (Sporting CP)   José Florêncio (Coelima)   Sporting CP
1971   Joaquim Agostinho (Sporting CP)   Alain Santy (Bic)   Firmino Bernardino (Sporting CP)   Sporting CP
1972   Joaquim Agostinho (Sporting CP)   José Martins (Coelima)   José-Luis Galdamez (Coelima)   Sporting CP
1973   Jesús Manzaneque (Messias)   Fernando Mendes (Benfica)   José Martins (Coelima)   Sporting CP
1974   Fernando Mendes (Benfica)   Dinis Silva (Benfica)   António Martins (Benfica)   Benfica
1975
1976   Firmino Bernardino (Benfica)   António Fernandes (Sangalhos)   Floriano Mendes (Sangalhos)   Sangalhos
1977   Adelino Teixeira (Lousa)   Joaquim Sousa Santos (Bombarralense)   Joaquim Andrade (Coimbrões)   Águias
1978   Belmiro Silva (Coimbrões)   Armindo Lúcio (Lousa)   Adelino Teixeira (Coelima)   Lousa
1979   Joaquim Sousa Santos (FC Porto)   Belmiro Silva (Coimbrões)   Fernando Fernandes (Bombarral)   FC Porto
1980   Francisco Miranda (Lousa)   Luis Vargues (Campinense)   Belmiro Silva (FC Porto)   FC Porto
1981   Manuel Zeferino (FC Porto)   Venceslau Fernandes (Rodovil)   Fernando Fernandes (FC Porto)   FC Porto
1982   Marco Chagas (FC Porto)   Adelino Teixeira (Bombarralense)   Manuel Zeferino (FC Porto)   Bombarralense
1983   Marco Chagas (Mako Jeans)   António Pinto (Rodovil)   Belmiro Silva (FC Porto)   Rodovil
1984   Venceslau Fernandes (Ajacto)   Manuel Zeferino (Sporting CP)   Manuel Cunha (Ovarense)   Sporting CP
1985   Marco Chagas (Sporting CP)   Eduardo Correia (Sporting CP)   Venceslau Fernandes (Ajacto)   Sporting CP
1986   Marco Chagas (Sporting CP)   Benedito Ferreira (Sicasal)   António Pinto (Lousa)   Lousa
1987   Manuel Cunha (Sicasal)   Manuel Neves (Boavista FC)   Fernando Fernandes (Sicasal)   Sicasal
1988   Cayn Theakston (Louletano)   Jorge Silva (Sicasal)   Joaquim Gomes (Louletano)   Louletano
1989   Joaquim Gomes (Sicasal)   Cássio Freitas (Louletano)   António Alves (Recer–Boavista)   Recer–Boavista
1990   Fernando Carvalho (Ruquita–Feirense)   Joaquim Gomes (Sicasal)   Jorge Silva (Sicasal)   Sicasal
1991   Jorge Silva (Sicasal)   Orlando Rodrigues (Ruquita–Feirense)   Vicente Ridaura (Artiach)   Sicasal
1992   Cássio Freitas (Recer–Boavista)   Quintino Rodrigues (Ruquita–Feirense)   Manuel Abreu (Tensai)   Sicasal
1993   Joaquim Gomes (Recer–Boavista)   Vítor Gamito (Sicasal)   Luis Espinosa (Artiach)   Artiach
1994   Orlando Rodrigues (Artiach)   Vítor Gamito (Sicasal)   Joaquim Gomes (Recer–Boavista)   Artiach
1995   Orlando Rodrigues (Artiach)   Quintino Rodrigues (Sicasal)   Delmino Pereira (Recer–Boavista)   Sicasal
1996   Massimiliano Lelli (Saeco)   Vítor Gamito (MXO)   Manuel Abreu (Maia–CIN)   Maia–CIN
1997   Zenon Jaskuła (Mapei)   Wladimir Belli (Brescialat)   Joaquim Gomes (LA–Pecol)   Recer–Boavista
1998   Marco Serpellini (Brescialat)   Orlando Rodrigues (Banesto)   Wladimir Belli (Festina)   Festina
1999   David Plaza (Benfica)   Vítor Gamito (Porta da Ravessa)   Melcior Mauri (Benfica)   Benfica
2000   Vítor Gamito (Porta da Ravessa)   Claus Møller (Maia–MSS)   Andrei Zintchenko (LA–Pecol)   LA–Pecol
2001   Fabian Jeker (Milaneza–MSS)   Andrei Zintchenko (LA–Pecol)   Juan Miguel Mercado (iBanesto)   Porta da Ravessa
2002   Claus Møller (Milaneza–MSS)   Joan Horrach (Milaneza–MSS)   Rui Sousa (Milaneza–MSS)   Milaneza–MSS
2003   Nuno Ribeiro (LA–Pecol)   Claus Møller (Milaneza–MSS)   Rui Lavarinhas (Milaneza–MSS)   Milaneza–MSS
2004   David Bernabeu (Milaneza–Maia)   David Arroyo (LA–Pecol)   Nuno Ribeiro (LA–Pecol)   Milaneza–Maia
2005   Vladimir Efimkin (Team Barloworld)   Cândido Barbosa (LA–Liberty)   Adolfo García Quesada (Comunidad Valenciana)   LA–Liberty
2006   David Blanco (Comunidad Valenciana)   Héctor Guerra (LA–Liberty)   Cândido Barbosa (LA–Liberty)   LA–Liberty
2007   Xavier Tondo (LA–MSS)   Cândido Barbosa (Liberty Seguros)   Héctor Guerra (Liberty Seguros)   LA–MSS
2008   David Blanco (Palmeiras Resort–Tavira)   Héctor Guerra (Liberty Seguros)   Rubén Plaza (Benfica)   Liberty Seguros
2009   David Blanco (Palmeiras Resort–Tavira)   David Bernabeu (Barbot–Siper)   Rubén Plaza (Liberty Seguros)   Palmeiras Resort–Tavira
2010   David Blanco (Palmeiras Resort–Prio)   David Bernabeu (Barbot–Siper)   Sergio Pardilla (Carmiooro)   Barbot–Siper
2011   Ricardo Mestre (Tavira–Prio)   André Cardoso (Tavira–Prio)   Rui Sousa (Barbot–Efapel)   Tavira–Prio
2012   David Blanco (Efapel–Glassdrive)   Hugo Sabido (LA–Antarte)   Rui Sousa (Efapel–Glassdrive)   Efapel–Glassdrive
2013   Alejandro Marque (OFM–Quinta da Lixa)   Gustavo Veloso (OFM–Quinta da Lixa)   Rui Sousa (Efapel–Glassdrive)   Efapel–Glassdrive
2014   Gustavo Veloso (OFM–Quinta da Lixa)   Rui Sousa (Radio Popular-Onda)   Delio Fernández (OFM–Quinta da Lixa)   OFM–Quinta da Lixa
2015   Gustavo Veloso (W52–Quinta da Lixa)   Joni Brandão (Efapel)   Alejandro Marque (Efapel)   W52–Quinta da Lixa
2016   Rui Vinhas (W52–FC Porto)   Gustavo Veloso (W52–FC Porto)   Daniel Silva (Rádio Popular–Boavista)   W52–FC Porto
2017   Raúl Alarcón (W52–FC Porto)   Amaro Antunes (W52–FC Porto)   Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano–Hospital de Loulé)   W52–FC Porto
2018   Raúl Alarcón (W52–FC Porto)   Joni Brandão (Sporting / Tavira)   Vicente García de Mateos (Aviludo–Louletano)   W52–FC Porto
2019   João Rodrigues (W52–FC Porto)   Joni Brandão (Efapel)   Gustavo Veloso (W52–FC Porto)   W52–FC Porto

Wins by cyclistEdit

In bold cyclist still active.

Wins by teamEdit

Team Individual titles General classification Team titles Team classification
  FC Porto 12 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1979, 1981, 1982 13 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1980, 1981
  Sporting CP 9 1933, 1940, 1941, 1963, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986 12 1933, 1940, 1941, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1984, 1985
  Benfica 9 1931, 1934, 1947, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1999 9 1931, 1932, 1934, 1939, 1947, 1963, 1966, 1974, 1999
  União Ciclista de Sobrado (OFM–Quinta da Lixa/W52–Quinta da Lixa/W52–FC Porto) 7 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 6 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  União Ciclista da Maia (Maia–CIN/Milaneza–MSS/Milaneza–Maia/LA–MSS) 4 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007 5 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
  Sangalhos 4 1951, 1956, 1958, 1969 2 1951, 1976
  Palmeiras Resort–Tavira/Palmeiras Resort–Prio/Tavira–Prio 4 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2 2009, 2011
  Sicasal 3 1987, 1989, 1991 5 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995
  Académico do Porto 2 1955, 1957 2 1956, 1957
  Lousa 2 1977, 1980 2 1978, 1986
  Artiach 2 1994, 1995 2 1993, 1994
  Recer–Boavista 2 1992, 1993 2 1989, 1997
  Águias/LA–Pecol/LA–Liberty/Liberty Seguros 1 2003 5 1977, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
  Barbot–Siper/Efapel–Glassdrive 1 2012 3 2010, 2012, 2013
  Carcavelos 1 1927 1 1927
  Campo de Ourique 1 1938 1 1935
  CUF 1 1939 1 1938
  Iluminante 1 1946 1 1946
  Flandria 1 1967 1 1965
  Porta da Ravessa 1 2000 1 2001
  Louletano–Vale do Lobo 1 1988 1 1988
  Rio de Janeiro 1 1932 0
  Velo Clube "Os Leões" 1 1935 0
  Messias 1 1973 0
  Coimbrões 1 1978 0
  Mako Jeans 1 1983 0
  Ajacto 1 1984 0
  Ruquita–Feirense 1 1990 0
  Saeco 1 1996 0
  Mapei 1 1997 0
  Brescialat 1 1998 0
  Team Barloworld 1 2005 0
  Comunidad Valenciana 1 2006 0
  Licor 43 0 1 1960
  Bombarralense 0 1 1982
  Rodovil 0 1 1983
  Festina 0 1 1998

Wins by countryEdit

Country Wins
  Portugal 57
  Spain 14
  Italy 2
  Belgium 1
  United Kingdom 1
  Brazil 1
  Poland 1
   Switzerland 1
  Denmark 1
  Russia 1

ClassificationsEdit

As of the 2016 edition, the jerseys worn by the leaders of the individual classifications are:
  - Yellow Jersey – Worn by the leader of the general classification.
  - green Jersey – Worn by the leader of the points classification.
  - Blue Jersey – Worn by the leader of the climbing classification.
  - White Jersey – Worn by the best rider under 23 years of age on the overall classification.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Volta a Portugal (2.1), Portugal Winners, podium, distance, average speed". bikeraceinfo.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta past winners". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Official winners list". volta-portugal.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Volta de Portugal winners" (PDF). www.uvp-fpc.pt/. Retrieved 8 August 2016.

External linksEdit