Kyle Murphy repeats triumph and Amaro Antunes wears yellow

The American cyclist has won the eighth stage of the Tour of Portugal, while Amaro Antunes is the leader of the general classification.

The American cyclist Kyle Murphy (Rally Cycling) repeated his triumph this Friday in the Volta a Portugal and won his second stage in this edition, in which the Portuguese Amaro Antunes (W52-FCPorto), winner last year, took advantage of the mountain to get dressed yellow.

Murphy, 29, had already been crowned in the second stage, in Castelo Branco, but wanted to add another victory.

He was part of the break of the stage and jumped on the last climb, a first-class pass in the Serra do Larouco de Montalegre, to reach the finish line alone and raise his arms again.

A 13 seconds entered the Spanish José Félix Parra (Kern Pharma), second, and 25 seconds the Portuguese Henrique Casimiro (Kelly / Simoldes / UDO), third.The eighth stage was one of the hardest of this "Grandíssima", with 160.7 kilometers and two first-class passes, the finish line and the complicated Torneiros climb, at 119 kilometers, which left changes in the upper part of the general.

The Portuguese Rafael Reis, a time specialist who took the lead yesterday Thursday after winning his third stage this year, could not keep up on the mountain and fell behind when a group of runners, including several hopefuls to win the Volta, jumped from the peloton 40 kilometers from the finish line.

Amaro Antunes entered that group, who won the special edition made in 2020 due to the coronavirus and ended up wearing the "yellow camisole" .

The 30-year-old Portuguese leads the general with 14 seconds ahead of the Spanish Alejandro Marque (Atum General / Tavira / Maria Nova Hotel), who was close to regaining the lead this Friday but could not keep up with the rhythm of Antunes's group in the last kilometers.

The Portuguese Frederico Figueiredo (Efapel) is third at 18 seconds behind the leader and the Uruguayan Mauricio Moreira, also from Efapel, fourth at 50 seconds.

After participating in this Friday's break, José Félix Parra placed seventh overall, at 1:52 seconds, while Puerto Rican Abner González (Movistar) is eighth at 1: 53.

Everything is still open on the Volta and this Saturday another tough 145.5-kilometer stage will be run with two first-class ports, one of them the mythical Alto da Senhora da Graça, where the finish line will be located.

The Volta a Portugal will finish on Sunday with a 20-kilometer time in Viseu that will finish defining the winner of the 82nd edition.

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