The Colombian Paula Andrea Carrasco and the Venezuelan Leangel Linarez were the happiest this Tuesday, in the first of the three days of competition held in Santa Catarina, Brazil, by winning the Grand Tour of Cycling, which is part of the American calendar UCI Tour.

The Colombian GW-Shimano Pact for Sports women’s continental team continues to obtain good results outside the country. This time Paula Andrea Carrasco won after traveling 111.5 kilometers around Urubici, a municipality in the state of Santa Catarina, in Brazil.

The 24-year-old Colombian rider crossed the finish line first ahead of the Uzbek Margarita Misyurina (Uzbekistan National Team) and the Brazilian Ana Vitória Magalhães, second and third, respectively.

The America Tour UCI calendar race started with a peloton of 62 riders, who initially faced undulating terrain, but towards the end it began to slope which favored the Colombians.

In the men’s section, Venezuelan Leangel Linarez triumphed at pure speed in the sprint, after traveling 122.1 kilometers around Urubici. Behind him were the Colombian Juan Esteban Guerrero (Pío Rico – Alcaldía La Vega) and his teammate, the Bolivian José Manuel Aramayo.

The races in Brazilian territory will continue this Wednesday with the Urubici Cycling GP, a 79.2 kilometer test, which includes a high finish of more than 4,000 meters. And finally, on Thursday the International Cycling GP will be held, also in the state of Santa Catarina.

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico