- 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
2016-2019: Movistar Team
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.
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.