Luca Bagnara, winner on the demanding São Macário summit, wins the Portuguese Volta do Futuro overall

The ascent of São Macário is one of the most demanding in mainland Portugal. A small mountain range near São Pedro do Sul, crowned by some antennas and a small chapel, this climb has become a classic and recurrent finish for the Volta do Futuro, the Tour of Portugal for U23 riders, although it has yet to make its debut in the almost century-old Volta a Portugal for professionals. With the arrival at the break of its 800th stage (there would still be another three kilometres of ascent, very hard), the Volta do Futuro returned this Friday to Monte São Macário. A second stage of 116 kilometres that started in Murtosa, in the Aveiro estuary, and in which the Italian Luca Bagnara achieved a formidable victory for Polti Kometa Development. Supported and sustained by a great work of his teammates, Bagnara could close this Sunday the definitive leadership of this edition. Antonio Gonzalez finished fourth, while Team Polti-Kometa led the overall team standings.

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