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Chuzhda escapes to solo stage win

The eighth stage of the Tour of Portugal was another scorching hot day for the weary peloton. Ukrainian Oleg Chuzhda, a factor in several escapes so far in the race, finally got his stage win with a solo effort to Aveiro.

The Contentpolis-Ampo rider was part of an 18-man break which went away in the first 10km. The peloton was content to let the leaders burn up in the hot sun, and the gap opened up to nearly 12 minutes before the bunch was able to shrug off the summer siesta.

Tops on GC in the move was Pedro Lopes (CC Loule), who sat 5:48 down on leader Nuno Ribeiro (Liberty Seguros) at the start of the day.

The real competition was for the mountains classification, with leader Sergio Sousa being pursued into the move by second placed Helder Oliveira (Barbot - Siper) and Chuzhda, who was in third.

The full composition of the break was as follows: Krasimir Vasilev (Palmeiras Resort-Tavira-Prio), Filipe Cardoso (Liberty Seguros), Celestino Pinho (LA-Paredes Rota dos Móveis) Sérgio Sousa and Celio Sousa (Madeinox-Boavista), Hélder Oliveira and Sérgio Ribeiro ( Barbot-Siper), Pedro Lopes (CC Loulé-Louletano-Aquashow), Marco Marzano (Lampre-NGC), Simon Clarke (ISD-Neri), Javier Etxarri, Ruben Reig and Oleg Chuzhda (Contentpolis-Ampo), and Jose Javier Ramirez Toribio (Andalucia-Cajasur), Dirk Bellemarkers (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), Tomas Buchacek and Martin Hebik (PSK Whirlpool-Author).

Reig, Clarke and Bellemarkers attempted to get away before the single categorized climb of the day at km 110, but were caught on the slopes of the category 3 hill.

Vasilev took the points, with Cardoso, Marzano and Chuzhda behind, which allowed Sousa to hold onto the green jersey.

With the sole difficulty out of the way, the riders pushed the pace on the descent to break up the lead group. A group of seven formed over the top, including the top four at the KOM, both Sousas and Oliveira.

But it was Chuzhda who emerged from the descent the solo leader, with only pairs of riders unable to organize a chase.

Lopes, Oliveira and Hebik failed to make up ground, and fought for second place on the finish line, 49 seconds behind stage winner Chuzhda. Ramirez and Reig came in two minutes down, while Bellemakers and Clarke were next to sprint for the remaining places. Pinho led Marzano across the line without contest, while Buchacek took the sprint from the rest of the breakaway.

Danilo Hondo led the main peloton across 4:53 behind Chuzhda, but more importantly well within enough time for the Liberty Seguros team to keep Ribeiro in yellow. Through his effort, Lopes moved into seventh overall.

1Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo4:14:11
2Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper0:00:49
3Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
4Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:00:51
5Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:02:00
6Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
7Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:02:26
8Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD
9Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:02:37
10Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
11Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:03:05
12Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros
13Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - Siper
14Krassimir Vasilev (Bul) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
15Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista
16Celio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista
17Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:04:53
18Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
19Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
20Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
21David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
22Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
23Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros
24Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
25Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD
26César Quiterio (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
27Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author
28Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
29David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - Siper
30Nuno Marta (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
31Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
32Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
33Virgilio Santos (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
34Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Liberty Seguros
35Nelson Vitorino (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
36Pedro Soeiro M. (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
37Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros
38Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
39Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
40Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
41Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros
42Ruben Plaza (Spa) Liberty Seguros
43Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper
44David Livramento (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
45Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
46Juan F. Mouron (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
47Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista
48Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista
49Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
50Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
51Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
52Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista
53Rui Sousa (Por) Liberty Seguros
54Samuel Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
55Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
56Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
57Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
58Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
59Jure Golcer (Slo) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
60Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
61Bruno Sancho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
62Bruno Castanheira (Por) Barbot - Siper
63Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
64Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista
65Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
66Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
67David Vaz (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
68Pedro Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
69Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista
70Alejandro Marque (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
71Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD
72Bruno Pinto (Por) Barbot - Siper
73Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
74Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
75Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.
76Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
77Iban Mayoz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia
78Joaquin Andrade (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
79Bruno Barbosa (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
80Carlos Pinho (Por) Barbot - Siper
81Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
82Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
83Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
84Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
85Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista
86Miguel Candil (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
87Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
88Davide Rici Bitti (Ita) ISD
89Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
90Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
91Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
92Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:05:09
93Ricardo Mestre (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:05:11
94Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:05:14
95Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:05:19
96Alesandro Colo (Ita) ISD0:05:23
97José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
98Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
99Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:05:32
100Javier Etxarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:06:28
101Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
102Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author
103Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:06:46
104Giairo Ermetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:07:31
105Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:07:45
106Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:07:47
107Carlos Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:09:31
108Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author

1Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo25pts
2Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper20
3Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author16
4Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano13
5Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur10
6Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo8
7Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago6
8Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD4
9Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis2
10Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1

Mountain 1 - Talhadas (Cat. 3), km. 113.5
1Krassimir Vasilev (Bul) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira5pts
2Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros3
3Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo2
4Celio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista1

Sprint 1 - Espinho, km. 76.8
1Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author3pts
2Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author2
3Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - Siper1

Sprint 2 - Agueda, km. 131,60
1Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo3pts
2Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis2
3Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1

2PSK Whirlpool - Author0:01:54
3Barbot - Siper
4Centro Cilismo de Loule - Louletano0:03:44
5Madeinox Boavista0:04:10
6Andalucia Cajasur0:04:53
7Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:05:19
9Lampre - N.G.C0:05:30
10Paredes Rota Dos Moveis
11Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:05:58
12Liberty Seguros
13Xacobeo Galicia0:07:46
14LPR Brakes Farnese Vini

General classification after stage 8
1Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros36:09:47
2Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:00:07
3David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - Siper0:00:57
4Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:01:32
5Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo0:01:37
6Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:38
7Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:01:41
8David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:47
9Nelson Vitorino (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:01:49
10Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:01:53
11Ruben Plaza (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:01:54
12Virgilio Santos (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:02:06
13Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:02:09
14Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD0:02:27
15Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper0:02:32
16Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:02:34
17Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:03:25
18Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:03:30
19Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper0:03:38
20Carlos Pinho (Por) Barbot - Siper0:04:07
21Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:04:09
22Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:06:06
23Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:06:14
24Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:06:22
25Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:06:58
26Jure Golcer (Slo) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:07:34
27Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Liberty Seguros0:09:01
28Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista0:09:32
29Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros0:09:51
30David Vaz (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:10:15
31Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:13:18
32Celio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:13:48
33Pedro Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:14:31
34Bruno Barbosa (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:16:08
35Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:16:41
36Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:16:50
37Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:16:55
38Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:17:40
39Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:19:40
40Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot - Siper0:19:54
41Joaquin Andrade (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:20:21
42Luis Pinheiro (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:21:52
43David Livramento (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:22:08
44Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:22:34
45Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:22:50
46Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:23:19
47Manuel Calvente (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:23:55
48Joaquim Sampaio (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:24:02
49Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:24:55
50Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:24:58
51Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:25:55
52Miguel Candil (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:27:27
53Isidro Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:27:48
54Pablo De Pedro (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:28:06
55Rui Sousa (Por) Liberty Seguros0:31:16
56Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD0:31:48
57Tomas Buchacek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:31:49
58Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:32:15
59Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:32:30
60Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:33:27
61Sergio Lagana (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:34:53
62Ricardo Mestre (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:35:13
63Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:35:25
64Bruno Castanheira (Por) Barbot - Siper0:35:32
65Juan J. Estrada (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:35:43
66Bruno Pinto (Por) Barbot - Siper0:36:17
67Juan F. Mouron (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:36:41
68Iban Mayoz (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:37:15
69Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.0:38:09
70Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros0:39:03
71Joao Benta (Por) Madeinox Boavista0:39:15
72Carlos Castaño (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:39:39
73Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:41:37
74César Quiterio (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:41:48
75Alejandro Marque (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira
76Esteban Plaza (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:42:33
77Davide Rici Bitti (Ita) ISD0:42:48
78Pedro Soeiro M. (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:43:09
79Carlos Nozal (Spa) Liberty Seguros0:45:08
80Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:47:04
81Bruno Saraiva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:48:48
82Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:49:01
83Nuno Marta (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano0:49:22
84Stanislav Kozubek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:50:14
85Petr Bencik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:51:03
86Javier Etxarri (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo0:53:27
87Samuel Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:55:12
88José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur0:56:53
89Krassimir Vasilev (Bul) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:56:55
90Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:58:39
91Frantisek Kloucek (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author0:58:51
92Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini0:59:39
93Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago1:01:53
94Emanuele Bindi (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:02:38
95Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago1:02:50
96Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:06:21
97Giairo Ermetti (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini1:09:23
98Leopold Konig (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author1:12:17
99Francesco Tomei (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:12:46
100Bruno Sancho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis1:14:31
101Alesandro Colo (Ita) ISD1:17:17
102Andrea Grendene (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.1:17:34
103Alejandro Paleo (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:21:44
104Ivan Raña (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1:23:37
105Cristian Benenati (Ita) ISD1:26:41
106Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:27:39
107Eloy Teruel (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo1:37:04
108Roberto Ferrari (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini1:41:21

Points classification
1Candido Barbosa (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira81pts
2Danilo Hondo (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author62
3Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C.54
4Manuel Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros50
5Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano47
6Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo43
7Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author36
8Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros33
9Eladio Jimenez (Spa) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano32
10Ruben Plaza (Spa) Liberty Seguros31
11Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur28
12Hector Guerra (Spa) Liberty Seguros28
13José A. Lopez (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur28
14Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano27
15Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista26
16Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD26
17Hugo Sabido (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis25
18David Blanco (Spa) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira22
19Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot - Siper22
20Martin Hebik (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author21
21Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper21
22Danail Petrov (Bul) Madeinox Boavista21
23David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot - Siper16
24Andre Cardoso (Por) Palmeiras Resort / Tavira16
25Filipe Cardoso (Por) Liberty Seguros14

Mountains classification
1Sergio Sousa (Por) Madeinox Boavista34pts
2Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot - Siper31
3Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo29
4Pedro Lopes (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano18
5Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini18
6Joäo Cabreira (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano17
7Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis17
8Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros16
9Martin Mares (Cze) PSK Whirlpool - Author15
10Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) PSK Whirlpool - Author14
11Celestino Pinho (Por) Paredes Rota Dos Moveis14

Young rider classification
1Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Contentpolis-Ampo
2Tiago Machado (Por) Madeinox Boavista
3Nelson Rocha (Por) Madeinox Boavista
4Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Liberty Seguros
5Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
6Cristiano Salerno (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
7Ruben Reig (Spa) Contentpolis-Ampo
8Daniel Silva (Por) Centro Cilismo De Loule - Louletano
9Damiano Caruso (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini
10Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
11Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD

Teams classification
1Centro Cilismo de Loule - Louletano108:31:26
2Palmeiras Resort / Tavira0:00:08
3Barbot - Siper0:00:18
4Liberty Seguros0:01:30
5Paredes Rota Dos Moveis0:04:46
6Madeinox Boavista0:07:37
7Lampre - N.G.C0:10:55
8PSK Whirlpool - Author0:13:08
9Andalucia Cajasur0:24:41
10LPR Brakes Farnese Vini0:37:29
12Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:42:06
14Xacobeo Galicia0:57:47

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