- Place: Aveiro
- Birth: 06/03/1989
- Country: POR
- Height: 180 Cm
- Weight: 67 Kg
- Pro debut: 2010
- Years in team: 3
- Career path:
2016-2018: Movistar Team
2016-2018: Movistar Team
BRILLIANT TT SPECIALIST. His fourth place in the 2017 World time trial championships is 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. Even though he was more focused on supporting the team leaders in 2018, he took excellent results at the opening TT in La Vuelta (4th) and the Innsbruck ITT Worlds (5th).
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.
His fifth Portuguese TT champion title in 2017 was denied even before starting the race, as he got to the starting ramp late. The order was altered by the organisers less than two hours before the start of the event, and Nelson, who was racing as an individual with no team staff involved, wasn’t informed about the change, thus avoiding the man from Aveiro to claim a fourth consecutive title in Portugal.
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.