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Nice. Portuguese wants to make their mark in Italy again



Nice.  Portuguese wants to make their mark in Italy again

There will be five stages before the end of the 2021 Italy Bike Tour. Overall, Colombian Egan Bernal (INEOS) leads 2.24 minutes ahead of Damiano Caruso (Bahrain winner) in second and 3.40 minutes ahead of Briton Hugh Carty (First-Nippo) in third. This season was a dream come true for Bernal, who, remember, won the 16th round of the competition, his second achievement in this edition of Volta a Itália. Colombian winner Tour de France in 2019 he has been leading the general classification since the 9th stage, but the five bands to come will be a test of his discipline and his ability to remain at the head of the classification.

Sprint to the finals

Today the platoon will start in the 17th stage of the Tour of Italy. There are 193 difficult kilometers between Canazei and Sega di Ala. The mountain strip begins with a descent stage towards the city of Trento, with a slight ascent in the Sovera region along the way. However, after only 140 kilometers, the cyclists will begin the grueling climb along the Passo San Valentino for more than 15 kilometers, reaching a peak at 1315 meters. Then, in the final stage, there is a new 11 km uphill climb between Sdruzzina and the target at Sega di Ala, where gradients of up to 17% are measured in the last kilometers of the stage.

It will definitely be one of the toughest races in the competition, where the most skilled cyclists will benefit from the mountainous terrain and difficult and long climbs as well as sprinters who knows how to take advantage of the Lombardy plains in the first kilometers of the stage in order to gain an important advantage in time before climbing the mountain.

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But this is only the first of the last five stages of the competition, which will culminate in a time trial in Milan. On May 30, cyclists will invade the center of the transalpine city, where 30.3 km will be able to decide who will be the winner. winner. Until then, however, there are still many mountains to climb and many kilometers to go.

Portuguese in giro

In the competition, the Portuguese representation was responsible for the cyclists João Almeida, Ruben Guerreiro and Nelson Oliveira. However, Guerreiro refused to Round after a sharp drop at the 15th stage of the competition. Cyclist who won the 9th stage of the Tour of Italy in 2020 and blue shirt (mountain classification), was in 15th place overall, but an impressive accident, forcing the temporary neutralization of the race, forced the cyclist to surrender.

João Almeida (Deseuninck – Quick-Step), who led the Volta a Itália general classification for 15 days in 2020 and finished fourth in the general classification, has had a number of ups and downs so far. THE representation in stage 16, however, allowed the 22-year-old cyclist to top 10 in the general classification, when passing through the gate in sixth place, only 1:21 minutes from Egan Bernal. Thus, Almeida managed to take 10th place in the general classification, 10:01 minutes behind the Colombian.

The Queen’s scene between Sacile and Cortina d’Ampezzo was truly a lesson given by Almeida. The youngest cyclist who finished fifth in the fight for White shirt (classification of the young), fought for leadership along the entire 153 kilometers of the route, and the will, guaranteed in the interview after the race, was really to victory. “Today I felt good, despite the rain and cold. I wanted to try to win the stage, so I attacked and joined the elimination, ”he said, quoting the official Deceuninck-QuickStep website. However, he admitted that the roster “was very strong and tempered the race.” “There is still a long way to go to Milan, as well as many difficult stages, but we will continue day after day and see where it takes us,” concluded the cyclist.

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João Almeida struggled to the last second of the 16th stage of the Tour of Italy, but the Portuguese also benefited from the poor performance of their teammate Remco Evenepola. The Belgian lost over 24 minutes to Bernal and eventually dropped to 19th overall, which paved the way for Almeida to shine and, as a result, became the best cyclist at the beginning of the 17th lap. your team. “It was not the best day if I lost 25 minutes. I had a full day off… We knew this could happen. There is nothing shameful about that, ”Evenepol began to explain in his statements to the media. “I only trained for two months, I couldn’t get into the top 10,” he continued.

Evenepol has not competed since his fall in Volta a Lombardy in 2020, and he also took advantage of the statements to praise “the great stage of João Almeida,” a teammate with whom he beat a real soap opera in the fight for the best spot. in Deceuninck- QuickStep.

Nelson Oliveira’s story is different. The Movistar driver finished the 16th stage in 38th place, 17.55 minutes from the lead, and eventually lost his position in the overall standings, dropping to 27th place, where he runs from the Colombian by more than 45 minutes.

Egan Bernal Leader

Bernal has so far won two stages of the competition, but the lead in the general classification is ensured by a constant gap in time compared to other contenders for the title at almost all stages. In the 16th race, which predicted tragedy due to bad weather – the route was cut from 212 kilometers to 153 kilometers – Bernal excelled in the race for the lead in the last 20 kilometers of the race. The escape involved cyclists from 15 different teams, including João Almeida, a Portuguese from Deceuninck-QuickStep. The Colombian increased his pedaling speed, rode to Passo Jau alone, and from there the descent to Cortina d’Ampezzo secured the conquest, reaching the Colombian cyclist’s 31st victory in the Volta a Itália stage, equal to a British cyclist’s record. … On the podium again were Romain Bardet (DSM team) and Damiano Caruso (Bahrain winner), both 27 seconds behind the Colombian.

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Unexpected changes

Tragedy knocked on the door of Italians on Sunday, 23rd, when the cable car, connecting the Stresa area in the Piedmont region with Mount Mottarone, fell, killing 14 people. It turns out that the 19th leg of the Tour of Italy was planned to go through Mottarone, which sparked some debate in the country about whether the scheme should be rethought to avoid passing through this place. In addition, Italian Transport Minister Enrico Giovannini said in a statement that he had asked the organization to redesign the stage, asking “out of respect for the victims of the cable car tragedy.” Giovannini also asked the organization of the event to include “a moment of remembrance in memory of the people who died in this tragic accident.” This request, which the organization ultimately accepted, shortening the chain by 10 kilometers.

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Inevitable consolidation? Portugal’s banking was the second most concentrated in Europe in two decades – ECO



Inevitable consolidation?  Portugal's banking was the second most concentrated in Europe in two decades - ECO

Inevitable consolidation? Portugal’s banking was the second most concentrated in Europe in two decades – ECO

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Portuguese citizenship test continues



Portuguese citizenship test continues

The eighth edition of the Portuguese language test for citizenship began this Monday and will run until December 7th. 142 candidates from 41 countries are registered.

The Portuguese language test, which began this Monday and will end on December 7th, is for foreign nationals who wish to acquire Portuguese citizenship.

The test has two modalities: it can be oral or written, and this modality adds listening, reading, and writing components. Ten sessions will be held in Lisbon, at the Institute for Educational Evaluation (IAVE) and one in the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

Candidates aged 60 and over who cannot read or write or have serious health problems may take the oral test held in Lisbon.

142 candidates registered from 41 countries: Romania, China, Great Britain, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, USA, France, Moldova, Venezuela, Cuba, Russian Federation, Germany, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Syria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Kyrgyzstan, Central African Republic, Turkey and Uruguay.

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Hyatt makes the Portuguese dream come true



Hyatt makes the Portuguese dream come true

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is launching its all-inclusive luxury collection in Portugal with the rebranding of an existing property in the Madeira archipelago.

The new deal marks the entry of the all-inclusive brand into a fourth European country, marking the latest milestone in Hyatt’s deliberate global expansion into the category.

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Located on the island of Puerto Santo. Dreams Madeira Resort Spa & Marina The resort will have 366 luxury rooms, ranging from standard suites to luxurious villas, as well as a private beach and marina.

The resort will be operated by Apple Leisure Group, a subsidiary of Hyatt and owned by an institutional investor that relies on Okami Hotels to manage the hotel’s assets.

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The hotel is expected to open in early 2024 after renovations are completed. The food and beverage offering includes 10 à la carte restaurants, seven bars and 24-hour room service.

Amenities include an on-site water park, explorers kids club, teen center, and a 9,800-square-foot (3,000 m²) spa. The resort will also have exclusive adult areas and seats reserved for select guests.

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Jaime de la MataSenior Vice President Business Development EMEA at Apple Leisure Group said: “With Dreams Madeira Resort Spa & Marina, we are pleased to announce plans to present an inclusive collection on one of the leading European islands that will attract a wide range of travelers from around the world. In search of an all-inclusive resort holiday.

Javier ColeHead of Apple Leisure Group, responsible for global business development and innovation, added: “Portugal is an ideal place to strengthen our position as a leader in the luxury all-inclusive segment, while expanding our brand presence in the desired directions. Our guests, Hyatt members, customers, owners and the operator world.”

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expansion plans

The Madeira deal follows Hyatt’s recently announced plans to expand to five all-inclusive resorts in Bulgaria. Dreams Resort & Spa Sunny BeachIt joins the brand’s existing comprehensive presence in Spain and Greece.

With the release of new platforms, including the key 220, the brand is also expanding its footprint in North America. Dreams Resort & Spa Saint LuciaOpening by the end of this year; Dreams Playa Esmeralda Punta CanaPlans to introduce 750 numbers in the Dominican Republic in the fourth quarter of 2023; and 500 keys Dreams Hotel em Grand Island CancunQ1 will arrive in Mexico in 2024.

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