In two exciting finishes, Johan Colón (Orgullo Paisa) and Estefanía Herrera (Land of Athletes GW Shimano) took the victory in the second stage of the Vuelta a Tolima, which continues to attract the attention of pedal fans on Colombian soil until Sunday March 6.
Cólon won for the second consecutive day in the 20th edition of the pedal classic, in a disputed sprint, in which he left Rodrigo Contreras (EPM Scott-GO Rigo GO) for second place, with a time of 02:08:56 ”.
The day was played between El Espinal and Ibagué for a total of 86 kilometers traveled. The runner from Sincelejo consolidated his leadership by bonuses and remains in first place in the general classification, followed by Aldemar Reyes (Team Medellín EPM) at 11″ and Róbingzon Oyola (Team Medellín EPM) at 16″.
At the end of the fraction, the winner expressed his satisfaction for his second victory in the Tolimense round. “Blessed be to God we won again. My colleagues did a great job again. They trusted me and fought for me and thank God I rewarded them with another victory,” Colón told the Antena Dos radio network.
The day started at a good pace, with several escape attempts that prospered us due to the absolute control of the peloton. The first sprint was taken by Víctor Ocampo (Team Medellín EPM) in Los Mangos, beating his teammate Róbingzon Oyola and the leader Johan Colón (Orgullo Paisa).
In the ascent to the third category mountain prize in Alto de Gualanday, Kevin Cano (Orgullo Paisa) went first followed by Adrián Bustamante (Sistecrédito GW) and Jhon Anderson Rodrigues (EPM-Scott GO Rigo GO). While Team Medellín EPM led the pack with approximately 80 runners.
In the Ecuador of the race, 19 men attacked, including Juan Pablo Suárez (EPM-Scott GO Rigo GO), Bernardo Suaza, (SuperGiros Mayor’s Office of Manizales) Óscar Quiroz (Colombia Land of Athletes GW Shimano) among others, however , were captured in the last kilometers after the pursuit of Team Medellín EPM.
In the end, everything came down to the packaging, in which Johan Cólon (Orgullo Paisa) was once again the fastest man, taking his third victory of the season after those achieved in the Vuelta al Táchira and on the opening day of the XX Vuelta al Tolima.
This Friday the third stage will be run, starting from Ibagué and ending in Mariquita, over 103 kilometers. In total there will be 5 days of competition until Sunday, March 6.
Estefanía Herrera dominated in VII Vuelta al Tolima
The dominance of the Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano squad continues in the VII Vuelta al Tolima Femenina. After Elizabeth Castaño’s victories on the opening day, this time it was Estefanía Herrera’s turn to win from the breakaway.
The rider from Antioquia sealed the triumph in the second part of the Tolimense round, elaborated over 53 kilometers between El Espinal and Ibagué, on a flat day. Stefania Sánchez (CM Team Aguardiente Néctar) entered the second position and Andrea Álzate (CM Team Aguardiente Néctar) finished third.
In the general classification Stefania Sánchez (CM Team Aguardiente Néctar) took the lead of the race by a slight difference, in a vibrant battle with Estefanía Herrera (Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano) who is 20 seconds behind. In the third position appears Elizabeth Castaño (Colombia Land of Athletes GW Shimano) at 31 seconds.
This Friday the third stage will be run, starting from Ibagué and ending in Mariquita. In total there will be 5 days of competition until Sunday, March 6.