Tuesday, July 27, 2021
HomeBlogsTavira Pro Tomás Swift-Metcalf's BlogVolta a Portugal 2012 - Stage One: Termas de Monfortinho - Oliveira...

Volta a Portugal 2012 – Stage One: Termas de Monfortinho – Oliveira do Hospital

-

200.8km, 2800m Ascent.

The day started with a long transfer from our hotel in the magnificent town of Covilhã, Termas de Monfortinho, situated at the foot of Serra da Estrella. We’ve been run of our feet with with reconaisance, various signings on and parading around the palce…

It’s been a tough few days just for the fact we haven’t had any proper rest, or training since last Saturday, our last day at home.

Today’s stage was terrible, it felt like I had no extra ‘oomph’ I did my job okay, but didn’t manage anything special. I think this was mainly due to the hectic days spent mostly seated in a car.

Termas de Monfortinho
It’s hot!

We controlled the race more or less for the first 40km, letting a small group escape. Then in a stare off with the rest of the peloton we let the break gain 15min. I saw the time increase above 5min I started getting nervous and wanting to put a steady rhythm going on the front of the pack…

I knew I’d have to pick up the bill eventually.

Alas I was told to pick up the bill when the break had 15min… I wasn’t alone in the job though, our sprinter Samuel Caldeira and the two sprinters of Efapel/Glassdrive were there with me It was a bit of a nightmare pulling through with these guys as they’d accelerate fast for 50m and then look back at me as if I was supposed to carry this pace for the following 1000m.

It was a tough stage, it was awful to be put to work at such an early stage in the race, but heh, that’s the job and I did it well; when I left the front of the bunch at the foot of this tough 2nd cat climb, the break only had 6 min.

It was swiftly reduced to only three by the end of the climb.

Jay Thomson won the stage, holding on at the front of the race for all that time. It was impressive considering everyone in the peloton was cramping up towards the end of the race.

Check out the video report (Portuguese):

Volta ao Algarve

Related Articles

Volta a Portugal 2012 – Stage Seven: Gouveia-Sabugal

185.3 km, 2520m ascent today in the La Volta a Portugal 2012. The first stage after the rest day is a bit tough. The rest day can do more harm than good and I for one like to just keep on going, to get it over and done with.

Volta a Portugal 2012 – Stage Five: Armamar-Oliveira de Azemeis

176.9km, 3000m ascent. This Volta a Portugal 2012 stage was a tough one, we had a huge mountain right at the start and several others to follow. The roads were crummy also, which made descending awkward.

Volta a Portugal 2012 – Stage Eight: Guarda – Torre

Today's stats at the La Volta a Portugal 2012; 154.9 km, 4000m ascent. I wasn’t able to update this immediately as we had a nightmare getting to the hotel and only arrived at 12sh.

Volta a Portugal 2012 – Prequel

Such a big fuss is made about the Volta that people forget there are other good and important races on the calendar. As ever, we put all our eggs in the one basket. I never really understood this.

Volta a Portugal 2012 – Stage Two: Oliveira do Bairo – Trofa

191.5km, 2400m Ascent from Oliveira do Bairo to Trofa, and today was brilliant! No long transfers this morning and I didn’t have very much to do. It was fantastic, a rest day practically.

The Volta a Portugal 2013 – the Story So Far…

This Volta, the Volta a Portugal 2013 and I really feel lucky to get here. My form is good, possibly the best ever. Obviously I get the odd pang of paranoia; I think twice if I drink a beer, worry about food - kind of stupid really.

At Random

Douglas Dewey – “Because Belgium is the Best!”

Vik's latest nod to us is regarding an Englishman, Douglas Dewey. Douglas won the British U23 time trial championships last season, but the other week he pulled off a major win in Belgium-Gent Staden, the first major amateur classic of the year.

Patrick Galbraith – Kerry Youth Tour Winner

It was a good week for Scottish cycling, in the same week that David Millar (Saunier Duval) won the British elite road race title; at the other end of the spectrum, 14 year-old Patrick Galbraith took two stage wins and the overall win in Eire's Kerry Youth Tour. The Kerry Youth Tour is one of the largest events of its kind in the world; comprising four stages over three days - two road races, a circuit race and a time trial.

British Elite Road Championships 2009 goes to Kristian House

Kristian House of Rapha-Condor won, Chris Froome was man of the match and there was plenty of sunshine. That's the British Champs in a nutshell, it really was a great day.

Berlin Six Day 2012 – John Young’s Photo Album

The Berlin Six Day finished with a win for the Aussie World Champions Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard (wine gum thief), we hope you enjoyed our daily diaries from the inside.

Adam Hansen – The Vuelta isn’t his Favourite Race Anymore!

Adam Hansen was just off the massage table when we caught up with him on Tuesday evening, we couldn't talk during massage because the masseur is a; "full on techno anthems, trance guy,"-just like Davie Urquhart, then? (Just joking, Davie!)

Star of the Future: Ross Creber – Looking forward to Murcia

Two years ago, Ross Creber was a mountain biker, last year he won the Scottish road race championship. And this year he's part of Endura Racing's continental adventure; he rode the savage Tour of the Mediterranean, sat out Haut Var but will back behind the oars, ankle chains and all, for the Tour of Murcia.