Stage 6: It’s was back to the stage 1 and 2 start town of Mucuge by way of an 128km route with 1716 meters of climbing. While not the death march that was stage 2’s 145km jungle slog, this was definitely another tough day in the saddle. Start time was a bright-and-early 6:30 a.m. in hopes of keeping most of the racing out of the heat of the day. The riding was primarily on fireroad. Most riders logged between 6-8 hours of saddle time.
Stage Winners: Open Men: Czech’s Tomas Vokrouhlik and Martin Horak (BMC) won a two-up sprint against Luis Pinto and Alejandro Lopez (Team Spano-Luso) on a mostly flat day. There was no change in the overall standings, as Kristian Hynek and Robert Novatny (Future Cycling-Sweep) were a close third and lost only two seconds. They now have a 5:27 lead over Lopez and Pinto going into the final day of racing.
Mixed: Ivonne Kraft and Kraft and Mateus Ferraz (Brasil Soul-RC Bikes). Women: Adriana Nascimento and Sabrina Gobbo (Ladies Brasil Soul-RC Bikes). Both teams also expanded their commanding overall leads, all but ending any doubt of who the overall winners will be.
What it looked like in GPS form: It was a long and no-so-winding road during the trip from Rio de Contas back to Mucuge.
Brazilian Portuguese Words of the Day:
• Desperter (Wake-up, as in the Brasil Ride peloton got up at 4:30 a.m. for today’s 6:30 a.m. stage start.)
• Surpresa (Surprise, as in the last stage has been changed from 107km to 49km.)