Rui Costa won the opening time trial of the restarted Portuguese Cycling calendar, which returned to competition in Anadia, Aveiro.
Costa’s fellow UAE teammates Ivo and Rui Oliveira also featured in the top placings, coming home in 4th and 7th place respectively.
With a time of 28.10 minutes, the 2013 world champion Costa was the fastest along the 22-kilometer course, held at the Velodrome of Sangalhos, in an individual event that marked the return of racing in Portugal.
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Rafael Reis (Feirense) was runner-up, three seconds adrift, while Spaniard Gustavo Veloso (W52-FC Porto) finished in third place, twenty-two seconds behind.
Rui Costa: “I had a goal in terms of my performance and in the end I managed to stay within the limits I had set myself. I did a good time trial, and I felt strong out on the course. During the lockdown period I worked quite well and resuming racing with a win is always good for morale”.
1. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) 28’10 ’’
2. Rafael Reis (Feirense) +3 ’’
3. Gustavo Cesar Veloso (W52-FC Porto) +22 ’’
4. Ivo Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) +35 ’’
7. Rui Oliveira (UAE Team Emirates) +59 ’’