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Stage five was definitely not for the faint-hearted. It was an onerous 208 kilometres from Estremoz to Alvito, in the heart of Portugal’s rugged, sparsely populated and hauntingly beautiful interior. The elements were changeable, but the pace was as consistent as it was unforgiving. It was one of those days when you just have to knuckle down and hammer the pedals. It was the Day of the Donkey.




By the time we reached our lodgings at the Pousada do Castelo de Alvito, There were some tired legs, wet kits and weathered faces in the bunch. Home for the night was a small castle built with Moorish and Gothic influences that is registered as a national landmark. Its handful of small, comfortable rooms – and a hearty meal nearby – were exactly what the doctor ordered.




When we're riding, only the best is good enough. So we've applied that philosophy to everything that we do at inGamba. Our mechanics and soigneurs have Pro Tour experience and our clothing and equipment are the best that money can buy. Nothing we do or use is left to chance and we've left no stone unturned in our quest to create the most incredible experience possible. Because we know that even the smallest detail can make a big difference.