Two world-class stars, the Cuban Arlenis Sierra and the Colombian Miguel Ángel López, did not disappoint their fans with the titles of the individual time trial in the road cycling at the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, which are being held in El Salvador until next Saturday July 8th.
Sierra, a rider from the Movistar team, retained the crown won in Barranquilla 2018 after completing the 21-kilometer course in 27:10.16, a time with which she took a difference of one minute and four seconds from the Colombian Diana Peñuela who hung the silver.
The bronze went to Caitlin Conyers, from Bermuda, who finished one minute and 25 seconds behind the winner, taking the last medal from the Mexican Anet Barrera and the Colombian Serika Guluma.
“This gold is an important medal for the delegation and it helps me prepare for my international races, since I don’t run this specialty much,” the winner told the Cuban media accredited to the event.
The test was accompanied by a temperature above 30 degrees Celsius and high humidity, beginning and ending in Zacatecoluca, a route rated as very good by all the riders who competed.
In the case of men, Colombia made it 1-2 with Miguel Ángel “Supermán” López and Walter Vargas, respectively, who registered the best times in the 39.7-kilometer journey between Parque Viajero and the Government.
‘Supermán’ López stopped the timers at the sentencing line in 49 minutes and 7 seconds, while his teammate did so just 16 seconds later. The bronze was won by Conor White from Bermuda, who snatched that place on the podium by 10 seconds from the Venezuelan Orluis Aular.
Both Arlenis and Miguel Ángel will return to action this Friday with the road test, in which they also come out as candidates for the scepters of both sections.