National road season kicks off next Sunday, with the opening Test – the region of Aveiro, the first of three races to his tally for the Liberty Seguros Trophy. On the eve of the race teams are presented in ceremony of free admission, in Aveiro.
The initial rush will 160.8 kilometres, connecting the municipality of Anadia (12:10) to Avenida da Régua, Ovar (3:50 pm), passing by all the municipalities members of the Intermunicipal Community Region of Aveiro. A arrival at sprint, given that the route does not present major difficulties. The first half of the race is completely flat, and two mountainous obstacles of travel, in Carved and in Sever do Vouga, still far from the arrival.
Proof of Opening – region of Aveiro will be the opportunity for the Portuguese teams measure the strength for the first time in 2017. Will be on the starting line the six continental-Efapel, LA-Metalusa BlackJack, Louletano-Hospital of Loulé, RP-Boavista, Sporting-Tavira and W52-FC Porto-, as well as the seven club teams, ACDC Trofa, Jorbi/Team José Maria Nicolau, Liberty Seguros/Carglass, Maia, Miranda/Mortágua, Moreira Frozen/fair/Bicycles Andrade and Constantinos/Cafes/Sicasal Delta. Portuguese teams have competition from continental block Equipo Bolivia and the Galician Rías Baixas Club team.
Previewing an arrival at sprint, the fastest men in the Portuguese squad pull by the gallons. Daniel Freitas (W52-FC Porto), Daniel Master and Rafael Silva (Efapel), Fábio Silvestre (Sporting-Tavira), Filipe Cardoso (RP-Boavista), Joao Matias (LA-Metalusa BlackJack), Pedro Paulinho and Vicente García de Mateos (Louletano-Hospital de Loulé) are the front-runners, but the under-23 César Martingil (Liberty Seguros/Carglass) and Fábio Mansilhas (Miranda/Mortágua) will try to surprise the most seasoned.
Proof of Opening – region of Aveiro is the first of three proof points for the Liberty Seguros Trophy. The rest are international races, the classic da Arrábida, on 5 March, and the classic the schist villages in the 12 day of the same month.
Sunday’s race will be preceded by a ceremony of presentation of the teams and the road, which will be held on Boothbuying, between the 4:00 pm and the 6:00 pm, in the Aveiro Congress Centre. In addition to all the teams come up to the stage to greet supporters, this session, free entry to the public, will feature the awards 2016 APCP and with the delivery of the securities if Partner of merit of the Portuguese Federation of Cycling the five historical leaders of the regional associations: Amâncio Steps (Minho), Basil Angelic (Vila Real), Edward William (Setúbal), Joaquin (Porto) and Saul (Santarém).
More official events
February 5, 9:00:1st Test of the Open Championship XCO da Maia, Folgosa
February 5, 9:30: Raid of the Mixers, Póvoa de Varzim