Kind of lame stage design although Serra da Estrela (altough it contains perhaps the only true HC's in Continental Portugal) is not very easy to make a true queen stage linking up 3/4 1st category climbs, since they all end up at Torre.
Anyway it is what it is and I hope either Amaro or Frederico or João Rodrigues takes the stage, the yellow and a good time gap for the TT.
Tiago Machado randomly tries to bridge a 3min gap to the break on the climb to Penhas Douradas.
(Don't try to rationalise, dont' try to rationalise, dont' try to rationalise, dont' try to rationalise.......)
The Volta is the best race because during the stage we have the broadcaster interviewing José Azevedo (current DS of Delko team) about some story back in the Giro when he was riding for ONCE and Manolo Sainz yelled at him for some bike adjustement. Lovely