In a mountainous finish of second category, Cristian Rico (Forte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli) took a spectacular victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Colombia 2024, which was disputed over 173.3 kilometers between Buga and Apía.

The boyacense rider was the strongest in the crucial climb and crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Yesid Pira (Alcaldía de Manizales-100 Huevos) at 5 seconds and Adrián Bustamante (GW Erco Shimano) at 7 seconds, who came 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Ten seconds behind the winner came fourth the leader Rodrigo Contreras (Nu Colombia), who kept the yellow jersey and increased his gap with Wilson Peña (Team Sistecrédito), his closest rival for the title.

In the early stages of the day, the compact peloton began its journey through a flat terrain until reaching Alto Cerrito, and then passing through the municipality of La Virginia. The breakaway of the day was formed by Alejandro Osorio (GW Erco Shimano), Sebastián Castaño (Team Sistecrédito), Brayan Sánchez (Team Medellín-EPM) and Carlos Julián Quintero (Avinal-Alcaldía El Carmen de Viboral).

The four riders fought to stay in the lead of the race, however, the peloton always had them under control and ended up neutralizing them before reaching the last climb before the initiative of Team Sistecrédito.

On the last climb of the day, the contenders for the title of the Colombian round appeared, where the Sistecrédito accelerated the pace with Wilson Peña, further selecting the group of favorites, leaving behind Sergio Luis Henao, teammate of the leader.

In the closing, Cristian Rico (Forte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli) was the one with the most physical arrests to take his second victory of the season, after the one obtained in the Clásica Nacional de Ciclismo Ciudad de Fusagasugá.

This Friday, June 20, the seventh last of the Colombian round will be disputed, a leg-breaking day starting in Pereira and finishing in Riosucio, on a 155.3-kilometer route. On Sunday at the Alto de las Palmas, we will know the successor of Miguel Ángel Supermán López, last year’s champion.

Tour of Colombia (2.2)
Results Stage 6 | Buga – Apía (173,3 km)

1Cristian David RicoForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli3:52:39
2Yesid PiraAlcaldía de Manizales – 100% Huevos0:05
3Adrián BustamanteGW Erco Shimano0:07
4Rodrigo ContrerasNu Colombia0:10
5Wilson PeñaTeam Sistecredito0:19
6Diego CamargoForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli0:24
7David CadenaForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli,,
8Javier JamaicaTeam Medellín-EPM0:31
9Robinson LópezGW Erco Shimano0:33
10Víctor OcampoTeam Medellín-EPM0:52

Ranking General

1Rodrigo ContrerasNu Colombia23:33:02
2Wilson PeñaTeam Sistecredito0:54
3Diego CamargoForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli1:03
4Adrián BustamanteGW Erco Shimano1:21
5Javier JamaicaTeam Medellín-EPM1:52
6Robinson LópezGW Erco Shimano2:32
7Julián CardonaTeam Medellín-EPM2:39
8Cristian David RicoForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli2:49
9Yesid PiraAlcaldía de Manizales – 100% Huevos3:53
10David CadenaForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli3:56

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico