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

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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.

I was told to save energy and cart water about.

But I felt brilliant, it was one of those days I had to temper my enthusiasm. I escaped on that big mountain at the beginning about half way up and then at the top also.

It was great fun.