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XVII Volta ao Concelho de Loulé Juniores
Stage 2 (a): Loulé – Loulé (87 km)
Stage 2 (b): Loulé – Loulé (12 km CRE)

Barcelona’s Nil Aguilera was one of the main protagonists of the first sector of the Portuguese race. The rider from Igualada embodied a solo ride that allowed him to lead the development of the race with more than two minutes over a chasing peloton in which Bairrada worked hard to reduce the difference. A bid to dynamite the general classification and to anticipate other challenges.

Catapulted by his team, leader Antonio Morgado made a move on the first climb of the day and began a comeback that allowed him to catch Aguilar around kilometre 49. Together they rode for a few kilometres, but Morgado finally went solo.

Aguilera was then caught by the Bairrada duo of Daniel Lima and Gonçalo Tavares. The Lusitanian duo also dropped Aguilera, who was able to reach the finish with the Russian Laptev, with whom he arrived more than two minutes behind the winner in a remarkable fifth position.

In the afternoon team time trial EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team started in the penultimate position. The formation directed by Félix García Casas managed to establish the best provisional time (14’35”), but finally the Bairrada managed to reduce in ten seconds this record (14’25”).

A team time trial that further consolidated the leadership of Antonio Morgado, but that placed Nil Aguilera in fourth place in the provisional general classification and also left three other riders of the junior team of the Contador Foundation in the top ten: Bálint Feldhoffer, seventh; David Puente, eighth; Álex García, ninth and Lucas Guillermo, tenth. The Hungarian Feldhoffer leads the classification of first year riders.

[📷 Laura Simão]

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