Tour Ambitions

As the Tour of Portugal headed north out of Lisbon on Wednesday, Palmeiras Resort-Tavira’s dual previous winner (2006 and 2008) David Blanco announced that it is his grand objective to record a personal hat-trick in Portugal’s most important cycling event this year.

Formerly of the Astana team, which is now represented internationally by superstars Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, Spaniard Blanco does not regard new colleague in the Algarve Cândido Barbosa as a rival – instead he singles out Madeinox-Boavista’s Tiago Machado and Liberty Seguros pair David Plaza and Hector Guerra as the main dangers on the way to Viseu.