Dominican Alberto Rafael Ramos dominated in another mass arrival at the finish line of the fifth day of the Vuelta Ciclística Independencia Nacional, held this Friday with a 147-kilometer ride on the Santo Domingo-San Pedro de Macorís-Circunvalación-El Higüero route.

It was a day full of strategy in which the Venezuela País de Futuro team protected the leader of the individual general classification, José Castillo, and its leadership as a group. The longest distance to be run this year in the Dominican giro lent itself to multiple breakaways that were stifled by the peloton at every opportunity.

Ramos, of the Verrazano Cycling Team, arrived at the finish line with the peloton in three hours, 39 seconds. He is the first rider from the patio to win a stage in this 45th version of the Vuelta Independencia and despite the triumph he is in 65th place in the general classification.

Luis Gómez (Venezuela País de Futuro) and Luis Crisóstomo Mejía (Fenix) were second and third, respectively.

Venezuelan Castillo maintains the lead in the general classification with 14:20.19, five seconds ahead of Colombian Marlon Garzón (Iowa Latino) and 11 seconds better than Venezuelan Luis Mora (Inteja-Imca).

Venezuela País de Futuro is the leading team with a time of 43:02.53. Iowa Latino follows at 1.18 and Herrera Sport at 3.17. Palmiste Philgy is the leader of the regularity with 46 points, Esneider Báez is in the lead in the mountain classification with 22 points, one ahead of Luis Mora. Rudy Germoso dominates at ease in the flying goals with 14 points.

This Saturday will be the penultimate day of the Tour with the 117 kilometers Santo Domingo-Circunvalación. The event closes on Sunday with a closed circuit on Quinto Centenario Avenue at a distance of 112 kilometers.