Portuguese Amaro Antunes (W52-FC Porto) hit a double on Tuesday during the second stage in the Tour of Portugal (cat. 2.1), with a stage win and the leader’s jersey. The mountain ride was marred by a collision of the American Nigel Ellsay with a signalman.
The 26-year-old Ellsay, a rider of the American Rally Cycling, crashed hard into a mobile signalman during the ride, who had stopped to warn the riders of a dangerous passage. Both were taken to a hospital after the collision. The condition appeared serious, according to local media, but Ellsay is conscious, according to his team. There is a fear of a collarbone fracture.
After a tough stage of 168 kilometers from Paredes to Mondim, including three first category climbs, Antunes took the lead by 0:22 over his compatriot Frederico Figueiredo. Joao Benta, another Portuguese, finished third at 1:13. In the stand, Antunes, who raced at WorldTour level at CCC last year, has a 0:13 lead over Figueiredo and 1:13 over Spaniard Gustavo Cesar Veloso.
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