Nelson Oliveira Photo
Place: Aveiro
Birth: 06/03/1989
Country: POR
Height: 180 Cm
Weight: 67 Kg
Pro debut: 2010
Years in team: 4
Career path:

2016-2019: Movistar Team
2014-2015: Lampre
2011-2013: RadioShack
2010: Xacobeo-Galicia


Nelson Oliveira

BRILLIANT TT SPECIALIST. His fourth place in the 2017 World time trial championships, or the 8th spot at the 2019 Yorkshire ITT Worlds, are a proof of his splendid TT abilities. He’s also been a four-time national champion of Portugal; third in the 2016 Tour de France longest TT, behind Dumoulin and Froome; and 7th in the Rio Olympic Games. Always focused on supporting the team leaders, he doesn’t miss his chances to shine as an individual, both in TTs -5th in the 2019 La Vuelta (Pau), silver medalist in the European Games- and road races -6th overall in Castilla y León-.

VUELTA STAGE WIN. After some injuries early in his career, Oliveira’s true colours came to the fore during the 2014 Vuelta a España, where he took a spectacular win on stage 13 in Tarazona, leaving behind a 30-strong breakaway with a strong, intelligent solo attack inside the final 25 kilometers.

MULTITASKER. He’s not only a world-class TT specialist: Oliveira also won the 2014 Portuguese road race Championships. His power on flat stages and resistance into the mountains -small hills and even big cols at times- have made him a coveted team player for the Grand Tours, which he has been part of eight times (4 Vueltas / 3 Tours / 2 Giros). He doesn’t do bad on one-day classics, either: he’s finished 12th in San Sebastián and twice within the top-20 of the Ronde van Vlaanderen.

 He was actually one of the best riders in the world as an under-23, with a silver medal in the 2009 Mendrisio TT Worlds and two podium finishes in the 2010 European champs in Turkey: a silver in the road race and a bronze in the time trial.



6 Victories as professional

1st Portuguese ITT Championship 2016
1st (13th stage) Vuelta a España 2015
1st Portuguese ITT Championship 2015
1st Portuguese RR Championship 2014
1st Portuguese ITT Championship 2014
1st Portuguese ITT Championship 2011


79 Days of Racing
11881.2 Km covered

2nd European Games ITT
5th (10th stage) Vuelta a España
6th (3rd stage) Challenge Mallorca
6th (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
6th Vuelta a Castilla y León
6th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
6th (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
7th (6th stage) Vuelta a España
8th World Championships ITT
9th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
10th European Games RR
11th (13th stage) Tour de France
12th (7th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
12th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
17th Portuguese RR Championships
19th (17th stage) Vuelta a España
21th (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
21th (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
22th (11th stage) Vuelta a España
24th (17th stage) Tour de France
25th Strade Bianche
30th (8th stage) Vuelta a España
30th Tirreno-Adriatico
30th (2nd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
35th (2nd stage) Challenge Mallorca
37th (5th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
39th (4th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
39th (21th stage) Vuelta a España
41th (2nd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
43th (18th stage) Vuelta a España
43th (1st stage) Challenge Mallorca
45th Ronde van Vlaanderen
46th Vuelta a España
50th (20th stage) Vuelta a España
54th (13th stage) Vuelta a España
57th (9th stage) Vuelta a España
59th Dwars door Vlaanderen
59th (16th stage) Tour de France
62th (15th stage) Tour de France
62th (3rd stage) UAE Tour
64th (16th stage) Vuelta a España
66th UAE Tour
69th (3rd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
71th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
74th (6th stage) UAE Tour
74th (19th stage) Tour de France
75th (7th stage) Vuelta a España
76th (15th stage) Vuelta a España
77th Tour de France
78th (2nd stage) UAE Tour
78th (8th stage) Tour de France
79th (20th stage) Tour de France
82th (10th stage) Tour de France
87th (14th stage) Tour de France
87th (19th stage) Vuelta a España
88th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
93th (18th stage) Tour de France
93th (21th stage) Tour de France
94th (1st stage) Tour de France
95th (6th stage) Tour de France
96th (7th stage) UAE Tour
96th (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
97th (2nd stage) Vuelta a España
97th (3rd stage) Tour de France
99th (5th stage) UAE Tour
102th (5th stage) Tour de France
103th (5th stage) Vuelta a España
108th (4th stage) Tour de France
109th (7th stage) Tour de France
115th (4th stage) Vuelta a España
117th (14th stage) Vuelta a España
119th (12th stage) Tour de France
120th (9th stage) Tour de France
121th (6th stage) Tirreno-Adriatico
122th (11th stage) Tour de France
123th (4th stage) UAE Tour
134th (12th stage) Vuelta a España
143th (3rd stage) Vuelta a España

Vuelta a España

Every cloud has a silver lining. A collarbone fracture suffered at Paris-Roubaix meant Nelson Oliveira wasn’t able to secure -even if strong at the Tour de Suisse- a spot in the much coveted Movistar Team lineup for the Tour de France. However, the incident helped him reach the Vuelta a España in really fresh condition, and also become a crucial element of the Blues’ roster for Spain.

Qualified to perform strongly at both the flat, the mid mountains and even the hardest stages of the race, the Portuguese allrounder -who has finetuned his form in Andorra, where he spends most of the year- comes back to the race where he claimed his most important success in the WorldTour: a stage win at Tarazona in 2015, an edition when he also came close to a top-20 overall finish. Last year, Nelson was also near to a victory on the slopes of the infamous Xorret de Catí, where he finished in 5th place.

2018 schedule (41 racing days) > Tour Down Under (59th); Volta ao Algarve (10th); Strade Bianche (46th); GP Larciano (64th); Tirreno-Adriatico (51st); E3 Harelbeke (32nd); Gent-Wevelgem (76th); Dwars door Vlaanderen (DNF); Ronde van Vlaanderen (62nd); Paris-Roubaix (DNF); Tour de Suisse (60th); Clásica San Sebastián (73rd); Vuelta a Burgos (37th).

Previous Vuelta appearances > 2017: 47th. 2015: 21st + 1 stage win. 2011: 118th.