Serika Gulumá (Colombian National Team) prevailed in the last stage of the Women’s International Tour of Guatemala 2023, but she could not prevent the Venezuelan Lilibeth Chacón, from Clarus Merquimia-Strongman, from maintaining her leadership and proclaiming herself the great champion of the contest, in its 21st edition.
The brunette, who stormed the top the day before and almost sentenced the event, crossed the finish line, located on the central La Reforma avenue, alongside a squad of 35 separate athletes just 16 seconds behind Gulumá, the day’s starter.
Chacón revealed that she started this Sunday without confidence, because “you don’t win a race until you cross the last line, anything happens, I’ve seen crashes, among others,” she remarked.
She conveyed a lot of joy for beating the Colombians and other pre-competition favorites, including the local riders, “always grateful to God and with him in my heart,” she said.
She dedicated the victory to her family, who is going through a very difficult situation, “I have a relative with cancer, in delicate health, but from here I send them my best energy and wishes for recovery,” she stressed.
With the result of the last segment, the Colombian Serika Guluma (Eneicat-CM Team) finished second in the general list and the hostess Garbiela Soto (Maciso Cordelsa) occupied the third place on the awards podium.
Colombians Lorena Colmenares and Liliana Moreno lifted the trophy in 2021 and 2019, respectively. This South American cycling power archives three titles in the land of the quetzal, added to that of Luz Adriana Tovar in 2008.
Created in 2001, after a break in 2022 due to lack of financing, the women’s cycling tour returned to Guatemala this time with proven rivalry from start to finish.
Source: Agencia Prensa Latina y Revista Mundo Ciclístico