Sintra, September 25, 2015
The fourth day of the Sintra Portugal Pro (Praia Grande 22-27-September) was a good day for South African Jared Houston.
After the previous day, where world champion Amaury Lavernhe, was eliminated from competition, came the second ranked rider in the APB rankings Brazilian Uri Valadão tumble out in round 5.
This paves the way for Houston to get a break on his opposition & he took full advantage with the most impressive display of the entire event punching out two “inverts” that netted him a total of 17.40
Uri could not pass round 5, beaten by Moroccan ripper Laudiyi Saad and Australia’s Lewy Finnegan.
Lewy was fourth in the ranking going into Sintra, and is turning out to be the quite achiever of the 2015 APB World Tour.
Uri was scathing in his summary of his substandard performance.
“For me it was a big surprise because I expected a good result here. I had to paddle around because they always put a lot of pressure on me when I compete here. I won here several times and it is a very special place for me. But it was an awful performance today” said a disgusted Uri Valadão who will now put all his chips into the Nazare Pro, the next stop of the APB World Tour.
Portuguese riders had a similar fate to that of Uri when Daniel Fonseca, Ricardo Rosemary and Manuel Centeno, the last men standing for their home country could not hold off the strong international competition.[df-gallery url=”http://apbtour.com/gallery/sintra-portugal-pro-day-4/”]
In the women’s division there was another surprise elimination when former world champion Isabela Sousa was eliminated by Japanese riders Sari Ohhara and Mayumi Tone and will now focus on the last leg of the women’s tour in Nazare.
Alternatively the current world champion Alexandra Rinder managed to progress in the race and goes to Nazare as a favourite.
The competition wound up with the Dropknee heats & Nuno “potato” Piglets became the sole Portuguese survivor, winning his heat of Round 4, while Diogo Pimenta was eliminated against Gomes Edgardo (Puerto Rico) and David Chaillot (France).
Competition begins at 8am tomorrow with R6 of the Mens opening up the day.
Watch it live at http://www.apbworldtour.com/live