BRAGA, Portugal – Spanish cyclist Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano) won Friday’s eighth stage of the Volta a Portugal, while countryman Raul Alarcon (W52-FC Porto) kept the overall lead.
Garcia de Mateos finished the 147.6-kilometer stage from Barcelos to Braga in 3 hours, 40 minutes and 44 seconds, prevailing over Portuguese rivals João Benta (Radio Popular-Boavista) and Joni Brandão (Sporting-Tavira), who came second and third, respectively.
Reigning champion Alarcon stayed atop the General Classification with a 52-second advantage over his nearest competitor, Brandão.
Garcia de Mateos is third, 1.41 behind the yellow jersey.
Saturday’s penultimate stage will take the peloton 155.2km from Felgueiras to Senhora da Graça.