Hard times in Portugal! Colin Stüssi fights his way to seventh place on brutal sixth stage of Volta Portugal UCI 2.1 and is now third overall – Oscar Cabedo already in eleventh place

Colin Stüssi fights his way to seventh place on brutal sixth stage of Volta Portugal and is now third overall – Oscar Cabedo already in eleventh place

Today’s stage will be remembered by the riders for a long time. On paper were 168 kilometers from Penamacor to Guarda with about 3500 meters of altitude. the countless climbs wore down almost the entire peloton, and at the end of the stage the long climbs were the executioners.

Moran Vermeulen with strong day – Colin Stüssi shines also today with rank seven

The young Moran Vermeulen from Ramsau was in a strong leading group for a long time. Showed a strong performance and then dropped back to Colin Stüssi. Until the last climb he could still support his captain, then cramps threw him out of the group around the best of the Tour.

Stüssi now third overall and leader in combined classification!

Artem Nych, the Russian from Team Glassdrive was the biggest pro today with second place and takes over the overall lead from Delio Fernandez. Stage winner Luis Angel Mate (Euskatel Euskadi). Colin Stüssi finished a strong seventh today and is now third, 30 seconds behind Nych and three seconds behind Fernandez. He is still the leader of the combined classification.

Oscar Cabedo is also strong. He made up one place and is now already eleventh overall!

Today was almost the more brutal stage as yesterday because many still had yesterday in the legs. The team Glassdrive is today everything apart. You have rarely seen so many suffering faces at a race. Colin had another tire failure and not the best day at the beginning. The last climbs were brutally hard. Here he caught himself again. Moran was also able to give him some support when he came back from the leading group. The bottom line is that today was another good day and we are within striking distance and fully in the mix, as Oscar is also marching towards the top ten!” Werner Salmen Sports Director

Tomorrow the deserved and longed for rest day, before it continues on Thursday with another difficult stage to Montalegre. The rest day is guaranteed to be used for regeneration – here the support team in particular will be called upon again.

Result: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/volta-a-portugal/2023/stage-6

Overall ranking https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/volta-a-portugal/2023/stage-6-gc

Stage overview

09.08. prologue Viseu – Viseu 3,6 Km

10.08. Stage 1 Anadia – Ourem 188.5 Km

11.08. Stage 2 Abrantes – Vila Franca de Xira 177.3 Km

12.08. Stage 3 Sines – Loule 191.8 Km

13.08. Stage 4 Estremoz – Castelo Branco 184,5 km

14.08. Stage 5 Macao – Covilha 184,3 Km

15.08. Stage 6 Penamacor – Guarda 168,5 Km

16.08. Rest day

17.08. Stage 7 Torre de Moncorvo – Montalegre 162,6 Km

18.08. Stage 8 Boticas – Fafe 146,7 Km

19.08. Stage 9 Paredes – Mondim de Basto 174,5 Km

20.08. Stage 10 Viana do Castelo – Viano do Castelo 16,3 Km

Line-up Team Vorarlberg: Lukas Rüegg, Moran Vermeulen, Lukas Meiler, Jon Knolle, Pirmin Benz, Oscar Cabedo, Colin Stüssi;


Press service Team Vorarlberg