Sergio Chumil managed to complete a feat this Sunday by establishing himself as the great champion of the XL Tour of Zamora in Spain, thus making him the first Guatemalan cyclist to win a competition of this nature in Europe.
The member of the Padronés-Cortizo Team won the yellow sweater that awarded him as the leader of the competition in Saturday’s stage (with one segment to go) and on Sunday he confirmed the title after maintaining a distance of 26 seconds with his closest pursuers.
Sergio Chumil’s official time was 15:19:37 in the general classification. David Delgado (the Guatemalan’s teammate) finished in second place and Álvaro Sagrado finished in third.
Chumil, 23, began his career as a cyclist in the children’s category in the Chimaltenango Departmental Cycling Association, he has competed for various teams in Guatemala such as the Guatemalan Army and also for Hino-One-La Red-Suzuki.
The native of Chuachalí Village (Tecpán) achieved the feat of winning the Vuelta a Zamora in just his second year in Europe, thus marking a historic event for Guatemalan cycling. In addition to the individual victory, Padronés-Cortizo also celebrated being the best team in the Vuelta a Zamora.
The last stage took place as expected, at a very high speed and with a break that was going to cost a world to make it through. Impossible for the bravest to ride in the lead for more than a few kilometers before returning to the heart of the main group.
At the end of the competition, the Guatemalan Chumil commented the following:
“The team has protected me perfectly during the first days and yesterday they emptied themselves for me. I feel happy to be surrounded by cyclists like Sinuhé, David, Carlos, Vojtech and Edu and a director like Marcos who are as responsible for this great victory as I am”
The cycling competition that took place in Spain also had the presence of another Guatemalan, it was the case of Mardoqueo Vásquez who finished in seventh position in the individual general classification, 1:38 behind Chumil.
Source: Prensa Libre, Guatemala