The young Guatemalan cyclist Sergio Chumil became the first cyclist from his country to win a competition in Europe on July 17, when he triumphed in the XL Vuelta a Zamora in Spain; and on August 3, 2023, he signed up as the first country cyclist to sign a professional cycling contract on the old continent.
The Burgos-BH team announced its first signing for next season: the 22-year-old Guatemalan rookie, who signed a two-season contract and reaches the professional team after standing out in the amateur field with several victories in the Spanish calendar with the Team cortizo.
He will be the fourth rider to benefit from the agreement signed at the end of last year between Burgos BH and Equipo Cortizo, following in the footsteps of David Delgado and Sinuhé Fernández, who will compete as ‘stagiaires’ from August 1, or Eric Fagúndez , who this year reached the Galician team in the elite and under-23 category. Like the Uruguayan, Chumil is another bet for the future who hopes to continue his progression with his arrival at professionalism.
The Colombian Andrés Camilo Ardila is running in this Spanish squad of the second division of Spanish cycling, but his continuity is not guaranteed for the next season.
Chumil, formed in different teams in Guatemala and having been proclaimed national road and time trial runner-up in 2021, arrived in Spain in 2022 to compete with the Cortizo Team, achieving outstanding results, such as 2nd place in the Spanish Cup in Vigo or 5th in the Volta a Portugal de Futuro.
In the year 2023 he began competing in his native country, where he won three stages and the general of the Tour of the Altiplano Marquense and was fourth in the Tour of Bantrab, a UCI 2.2 category event.
Back in Spain, he achieved victory in the Spanish Cup in Vigo, one of the toughest tests on the Spanish calendar. A few weeks later he won the second stage of the Vuelta a Navarra and finally on July 17, he won the general of the Vuelta a Zamora after also winning a stage. He now hopes to demonstrate his qualities with the colors of Burgos BH.
Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico y Agencias de Noticias