The oldest stage race in America, the Tour of Uruguay started in Canelones with victory for Audax’s Roderyck Asconeguy. The opening day covered 111.4 kilometers on flat terrain.

After almost three hours of racing, Roderyck Asconeguy (Audax) won in the final sprint after joining Montevideo with Maldonado. El Vasquito won at the checkered flag over two riders who want to be protagonists of the Vuelta Ciclista, Matías Presa and Agustín Moreira (both from the Cerro Largo club). Asconeguy and Piojo Presa came in with the same time: two hours 55 minutes 26 seconds.

As a result of the finishing time plus the bonuses at the finish and one of the flying goals, Asconeguy is the leader by one second over Presa, with Moreira and Agustín Alonso (Náutico Boca de Cufré) in third place, equal 13 seconds behind the leader.

The second stage will be between the morning and noon on Friday 22. It will start in Pando, will first take route 8 and then route 9 to pass through Pan de Azúcar and San Carlos, and will drop the flag in Rocha after having covered 174.6 kilometers.

The Tour of Uruguay will stay in the east during the weekend. On Saturday the start will be in the capital of Rocha and the finish in Maldonado (after passing again through San Carlos), a race that will have a mileage similar to Friday’s stage: 173.9 km; then the multicolored caravan will make a neutralized transfer to, on Sunday, start the fourth stage in Vergara and ride 133.8 km to the finish in Melo.

First held in 1939, the race was won in its last edition by Argentinean Jorge Giacinti of the Club Ciclista Cerro Largo of Uruguay, while Roderyck Asconeguy and André Gohr accompanied him on the podium.

Throughout history, the cyclist who has won the Vuelta the most times is the Uruguayan Federico Moreira, who won the editions of 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997 and 1999.

Tour of Uruguay 2024
Results Stage 1 | 111,4 km entre Montevideo -> Canelones

1Roderyck AsconeguyAudax de Flores2:55:26
2Alan Matías PresaC.C.Cerro Largom.t.
3Federico MoreiraC.C.Cerro Largo0:07
4Lucas GadayDolores C.C0:07
5Kleber Ramos SilvaUnifunvic Pindamondangadaba0:07
6Agustín AlonsoCNP Bocas del Cufré0:07
7Pablo AnchieriCNP Bocas del Cufré0:07
8Ignacio MaldonadoSan Antonio de Florida0:07
9Anderson MaldonadoCCS Barrio Artigas de 330:07
10 Diego RodríguezC.C.Cerro Largo0:11

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico y