Volta a Portugal


Volta a Portugal

The Volta a Portugal is a long distance road bicycle race for professionals held in Portugal.The competition takes place annually during two weeks. As of 2007 the 69th edition of the race took place.

History

The competition started in 1927, however it second edition only occurred in 1931. In 1936 and 1937 the tour would not take place. During the WW2 the race would be stopped, again, during the period 1942-1945. In 1975 due the Carnation Revolution the competition was skipped.

In the period 1940-1980 the competition was held during three weeks. Since the 80s it was reduced the period of two weeks. As of 2005 the race consisted only of ten stages. It is one of the eldest races by stages in the world. Although not so important as the three Grand Tour it is an important competition that in the last few years has been losing importance, specially due the fact that in the most recent period it takes places immediately after the Tour de France, and before the Vuelta a España avoiding the participation of major teams and cyclists.

List of Winners

External links

* [http://www.volta-portugal.com Volta a Portugal Official Website]
* [http://www.biciclopedia.com/mediawiki-1.4.0/index.php?title=Volta_a_Portugal CycloLusitano - Complete Results]


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