The Venezuelan Angelvis Arroyo put the extra in the last 500 meters to take the lead in the mass finish and win the third stage of the Vuelta Ciclística Independencia Nacional, disputed this Wednesday.

Arroyo, of the Venezuela País de Futuro team, stopped the clock at two hours, 31 minutes and 35 seconds in the 123 kilometers route Santo Domingo-San Cristobal- Baní-Circunvalación Santo Domingo. The Colombian Hernán Gómez arrived in the lot to maintain the leadership of the general classification with an accumulated time of 7:59.40 with 23 seconds of advantage over Carlos Zamudio (Deglocy Inca).

The giro will have a crucial mountain stage this Thursday that could mark the course of the general classification. This is the 45th version of the Vuelta Ciclística Independencia Nacional and is dedicated to the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader.

Wellington Arnaud, director of INAPA, is the president of the organizing committee of the race which is sponsored by Banreservas, Miderec, EGE Haina, Ministry of Public Works, Omsa, National Health Service, INAPA and the Dominican Municipal League.

The competition remained without a leader until the riders Damien Urcel (Team Voccbe) and Kendric Klavier (San Cristóbal) broke away and gained a considerable and dangerous distance. But the peloton was able to catch the duo and then the mass finish took place.

Alberto Ramos, from Verrazano Cycling, and Palmiste Philgy, completed the podium of the round; while Arroyo leads the regularity with 45 points, followed by Carlos Zamudio with 33. Meanwhile, Eric Snyder commands the mountain classification with seven points and Frankel Rodriguez is the leader of Metas Volantes with 13 points.

The third stage started from the French School and the flag was given by Yazio Kenel, chief education advisor, together with some students of the school. The fourth day will be run this Thursday with the Santo Domingo-Ocoa route which will be the potential decisive mountain stage.