Lisbon will welcome a stage of the Volta a Portugal in 2009. City spokesman Manuel Brito told todociclismo.com that the capital "is lacking great events, and the Volta a Portugal will be a reality in 2009."
The Volta last visited Lisbon in 2006. Unlike the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, the Volta does not end in the nation's capital, but usually somewhere in the north of the country, where there is more interest in cycling. (SW)
(Additional editorial assistance by Susan Westemeyer.)