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This is basically just CC Loulé-Louletano-Orbitur-Aquashow returning to the Continental level after a couple of years out, right?
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There was also quite some talk about them not paying their riders last time they were involved ina team?

I think this transfer can only mean one thing: Sérgio wants the Volta
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Even as amateur team Loulé-Louletano had a quite decent squad with Jorge Montenegro, Antonio Olmo, Michael Isidoro, Victor Valinho, Celestino Pinho and Rui Vinhas. At least Montenegro surely had some kind of semi-professional contract/payment.

If they can keep those riders and add Ribeiro it'a a good conti team.
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So long as they keep putting out crappy one-climb stages to Monte Farinha, he's got a chance, though he might want the small-climb finishes like Guarda and Gouveia put back in since they've been sorely lacking in the last couple of years. Unless they decide to climb Torre from Manteigas though, I can't see him managing to pull off the win outright. And that's how it should be, the guy gives me enough Cândido Barbosa nightmares as things stand.
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This is basically just CC Loulé-Louletano-Orbitur-Aquashow returning to the Continental level after a couple of years out, right?
Explanation to not-portuguese people:

CC Loulé (Loulé Cycling Center) is a sports club and Louletano is another one focused on soccer (despite they have a good cycling team on 80's). Both are from the same city: Loulé (Algarve).
In 2009 and 2010 they togheter have a continental team; in 2011 and 2012 Louletano (without CC Loulé) have an amateur team and now the (just Louletano) comeback to continental peloton.
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What team is Michael Valgren going to, or is he staying at GLU?
Nothing definitive yet, but I would imagine he's staying.
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This is basically just CC Loulé-Louletano-Orbitur-Aquashow returning to the Continental level after a couple of years out, right?
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So long as they keep putting out crappy one-climb stages to Monte Farinha, he's got a chance, though he might want the small-climb finishes like Guarda and Gouveia put back in since they've been sorely lacking in the last couple of years. Unless they decide to climb Torre from Manteigas though, I can't see him managing to pull off the win outright. And that's how it should be, the guy gives me enough Cândido Barbosa nightmares as things stand.
except reiberio isn't 172 and 72 kg and sucks at itt and also climbs well outside the month of august
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So long as they keep putting out crappy one-climb stages to Monte Farinha, he's got a chance, though he might want the small-climb finishes like Guarda and Gouveia put back in since they've been sorely lacking in the last couple of years. Unless they decide to climb Torre from Manteigas though, I can't see him managing to pull off the win outright. And that's how it should be, the guy gives me enough Cândido Barbosa nightmares as things stand.
With Barbosa still active the Volta was more exciting than nowadays. He added suspense to the Volta and his nearly tragic life-long unsuccessful hunt for the GC win was a great back story of the race. In the end the Volta was of course always won by some third-class aged doper, as it still is the case today. But without the nice Barbosa background story.
Heck, in 2012 the most interesting aspect of the Volta was the loads of UnitedHealthcare riders who totally sucked throughout the season in every race they participated in and suddenly cashed in UCI wins here - so bad is the current state of the Portuguese peloton. It lacks of riders with personality, it lacks of internationally competitive sprinters and it lacks of promising young talents (don't mention Rafael Reis, his 2012 season was crap). Not only one but a bunch of Barbosas is badly needed.
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With Barbosa still active the Volta was more exciting than nowadays. He added suspense to the Volta and his nearly tragic life-long unsuccessful hunt for the GC win was a great back story of the race. In the end the Volta was of course always won by some third-class aged doper, as it still is the case today. But without the nice Barbosa background story.
Heck, in 2012 the most interesting aspect of the Volta was the loads of UnitedHealthcare riders who totally sucked throughout the season in every race they participated in and suddenly cashed in UCI wins here - so bad is the current state of the Portuguese peloton. It lacks of riders with personality, it lacks of internationally competitive sprinters and it lacks of promising young talents (don't mention Rafael Reis, his 2012 season was crap). Not only one but a bunch of Barbosas is badly needed.
what you really mean is portugese cycling is clean and we now see it's real level. although they have pretty good climbers and stage racers.
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