Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#Portugal @Cycling @TourPortugal @VoltaaPortugal 79th edition, 90th anniversary

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The 79th edition of the Volta a Portugal will take place between the 4th and 15th of August.

The interior of the Alentejo will return this year to the Tour of Portugal by bike, on the road between 4 and 15 August, with the start of the second stage in Reguengos de Monsaraz.

The 79th edition of the Tour of Portugal on bicycle, which marks the 90th anniversary of the competition, starts on August 4 in Lisbon with a prologue, with the final stage scheduled for the 15th of the same month in Viseu.

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