Cuban cyclists headed this Sunday to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, home of the Caribbean and Pan-American Road Championships under-23 and elite that will take place from the 12th to the 15th.
Five males and three females from that lower category will compete with the fundamental objective of qualifying for the Junior Pan American Games, scheduled for November 25 to December 5 in Cali, Colombia.
Three other elite riders will also take part, they are the international medalists Marlies Mejías and Yudelmis Domínguez, as well as Heydi Praderas, owner of podiums in the last Caribbean Road Championship that took place in Havana in 2019.
The youngest who will fight for tickets to Cali are Aylena Quevedo, Evelyn Díaz and Ludisneilys Fleitas, and their teammates Andy Díaz, Kevin Vega, Luis Ramírez, Stefano Águila and Juan Manuel Cabrera.
Except for Marlies, who is already in the Dominican capital, this Sunday the group carried out its last training on capital roads before traveling to Madrid, one of the possible airways in times of pandemic to reach destinations in America.
The delegation is completed by the coaches Eduardo Alonso (female) and Adonis Cardoso (male), the mechanic Fabio Medina and the methodologist of the national commission Luis Elpidio Sabourín.
Cardoso told that these riders are among the most talented in the country in the men’s field, demonstrated mostly in the national classics held until 2019.
«Vega participated in the tours to Panama and Guatemala in 2020. In the latter was also Cabrera, a born rider, very combative and one of our best climbers. Andy is an outstanding 20-year-old time trialist and one of the hopefuls for medals at the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games.
For his part, Alonso said that the under-23 trio has prepared well despite the difficulties caused by the covid-19, “but they are very young and have never competed at the international level, now the priority is that they can qualify for the games of Cali as part of its development ».
Taken from Jit, Cuba, Lisset Isabel Ricardo