On a mountainous day, Costa Rican Kevin Rivera (7C-Economy Lacoinex) took victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of Costa Rica 2023, over a 99.8 kilometer route, which started and ended in San Ramón.

The Tico rider surpassed his compatriot Sebastián Moya (Team Colono Bikestation Kölbi) and the Colombian Juan Diego Alba (Movistar-Best PC) in the demanding climb, who came in third, 46 seconds behind the winner.

The “Wolf” Rivera chained the three mountain passes, surpassing the members of the initial escape. In this way he alone achieved his second lifetime victory in the Costa Rican tour.

The impressive comeback allowed Kevin Rivera to climb to second place in the general classification on a day in which his teammate Donovan Ramírez gave up the fluorescent jersey to Sergio Arias Arias (Colono Bikestation Kölbi).

“In the end I managed to overcome Sebastián. It was a stage that suited me very well, the climbs were very hard, I weighed very little and from there I managed to gain quite an advantage over the other runners,” said Rivera.

“In the end in La Candelaria, I suffered a little, but I also saw that I was making up a lot of time with those who were on the break, so from there I pushed hard forward, to see what would happen” Rivera concluded.

In the general classification, Sergio Arias (Team Colono Bikestation Kölbi) is at the top, escorted by Donovan Ramírez (7C – Economy – Lacoinex), while the Colombian Juan Diego Alba (Movistar-Best PC) continued to climb positions and got into the podium.

The sixth stage of the Vuelta a Costa Rica Telecable 2023 will have the National Stadium as its epicenter. After 25 years, cycling will take the new stage with a 111-kilometer section that will start from that point towards Palmares and return to the National Stadium.

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico y www.crciclismo.com