LANGUAGE: English | Deutsch  ::  VISIT THE OFFICIAL PACTIMO STORE

Team Bounces Back in Volta a Portugal's Queen Stage

Team Bounces Back in Volta a Portugal's Queen Stage

In a race that has proved brutal from the outset, the team is beginning to find its feet.

In a race that has already taken its toll on the team, Rally Cycling was able to bounce back on the queen stage of the Volta a Portugal and move Keegan Swirbul up the general classification. 

Finishing at an altitude of 6,500 ft, the highest point in the whole country, today's mountain top finish at Torre was always going to separate the best from the rest. After the team fought hard to keep Swirbul in the lead group, it was at around 5,000 ft that Swirbul's legs seemed to 'kick in'. 

"Today was the hardest stage finishing up with a monster 20-kilometer climb," said Swirbul. "I felt pretty smoked all day, but I dug deep, and somehow once I hit 1,500 meters of altitude, my legs suddenly felt great so I attacked and ended up doing a decent ride."

That attack ended up creating  separation in the second group on the road, with Swirbul eventually bringing it home for 12th on the stage and four-place leap up the general classification to 14th overall. 

It has been a real baptism of fire for Swirbul who joined Rally Cycling as a stagiaire for the Portuguese block of racing. 

"The racing has been mind-blowingly hard," added Swirbul. "At least to me since I had no racing in my legs going in. The first road stage was a bit easier but the days after that were completely full on for the entirety of the race." 

The team lost Nigel Ellsay to a horrible crash a couple of days previous, and while he has left the race, he is not out of their thoughts - as Swirbul explained. 

"Losing Nigel was still definitely a serious blow to the whole team. He is an insanely good dude and phenomenal bike rider and we all feel terrible for him. We are praying he makes a strong recovery. I certainly was thinking of him as I suffered on the early slopes of the climb today."

There are three road stages still to come, plus a final day time trial in Lisbon on which to claw back some more time.

Stage 4 Results
1. BRANDÃO Joni Efapel 14 20 4:19:02
2. FIGUEIREDO Federico Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel 5 12 0:03
3. ANTUNES Amaro W52 / FC Porto 3 7 ”
4. CÉSAR VELOSO Gustavo W52 / FC Porto 5 ”
5. CARVALHO Antonio Efapel 4 0:11
6. BENTA João Radio Popular Boavista 3 0:13
7. FERNÁNDEZ Delio NIPPO DELKO One Provence 2 0:17
8. FERNANDES Luis Radio Popular Boavista 1 0:24
9. RODRIGUES João W52 / FC Porto 0:34
10. RODRÍGUEZ Cristián Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ”
11. MARQUE Alejandro Manuel Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel 0:40
12. SWIRBUL Keegan Rally Cycling 2:55
13. FREITAS Daniel Miranda – Mortágua 3:01
14. DÍAZ José Manuel NIPPO DELKO One Provence 3:13
15. CASIMIRO Henrique Kelly / Simoldes / UDO ”

General Classification After Stage 4
1. ANTUNES Amaro W52 / FC Porto 3 17:33:17
2. FIGUEIREDO Frederico Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel 0:13
3. CÉSAR VELOSO Gustavo W52 / FC Porto 1:13
4. BRANDÃJoni Efapel 1:17
5. BENTA João Radio Popular Boavista 1:27
6. CARVALHO Antonio Efapel 1:55
7. RODRIGUES João W52 / FC Porto 2:00
8. MARQUE Alejandro Manuel Atum general / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel 2:15
9. FERNÁNDEZ Delio NIPPO DELKO One Provence 2:31
10. RODRÍGUEZ Cristián Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 2:43
11. FERNANDES Luis Radio Popular Boavista 3:05
12. FREITAS Daniel Miranda – Mortágua 4:23
13. VILELA Ricardo Burgos-BH 4:58
14. SWIRBUL Keegan Rally Cycling 5:32
15. DÍAZ José Manuel NIPPO DELKO One Provence 5:36

READ THE ORIGINAL STORY ON RALLY CYCLING NEWS

 




Also in Rally Cycling News

Trusting the Process - How Goal Setting Helps Pro Athletes Achieve
Trusting the Process - How Goal Setting Helps Pro Athletes Achieve

0 Comments

What makes athletes successful? How do you reach the elite level of a sport? What does it take to compete against the best in the world, and how can us ‘regular’ people without a supercharged VO2 max and tiny body fat percentages take those same techniques and apply them to our lives?

Read More

14 Things With Ryan Anderson - Changing Gears
14 Things With Ryan Anderson - Changing Gears

0 Comments

The likeable Canadian was there when Scott Zwizanski won the Vuelta Ciclista al Uruguay in 2009 as Kelly Benefit Strategies / Medifast, he soared to the podium at the USA Pro Challenge and the Tour of Alberta under the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies banner, and was a vital cog in the team's European expansion as Rally Cycling. In his final "Things With" interview, we roll back the tape on his storied career. 

Read More

13 Things With Georgia Gould
13 Things With Georgia Gould

0 Comments

We talk with Georgia Gould, former pro mountain biker, Olympic bronze medalist, and advocate for gender equality who is now an integral cog in the logistical machine that runs Rally Cycling. 

Read More