The fourth stage of the 78th edition of the Uruguay Cycling Tour was canceled this Monday, April 3, after a fall occurred with several affected members of the main peloton, on the day that was planned to unite the cities of Mercedes and Trinidad.
That great fall that occurred after the second packing caused the competition’s health system to collapse and, despite the good will of the doctors and nurses present, it became impossible to continue with the normal development of the stage.
This situation meant that the competition could not continue normally or with the corresponding medical security to give the competitors peace of mind, for which the authorities, in agreement with the cyclists and juries, made the decision to cancel this Monday’s stage.
This decision led to the fact that the points of the packaging were not taken and neither were the seconds of the bonuses, leaving everything as it had been after the third stage played on Sunday.
In this way, the Vuelta reached the city of Mercedes by controlled train and symbolically the last three of the individual general classification were the ones who contested the stage, arriving on Mercedarian soil before the competitors of the local team, Atenas de Mercedes, and the main squad.
Matadero Neris from Matadero de Pando was first in that symbolic classification, Juan Sosa from Peñarol from Colonia second and Martín González from Matadero de Pando third.
On this Tuesday, the fifth stage of the 78th edition of the Uruguay Cycling Tour will unite the cities of Mercedes and Paysandú with a 131-kilometer route. The arrival will take place around noon in front of the 8 de Junio Stadium and in the afternoon the time trial will take place, which could be decisive for the closing of the classic race on the calendar.
It should be remembered that the individual general classification is led by Pablo Anchieri from Náutico Bocas del Cufré, while Roderick Asconeguy from Villa Teresa is second and Agustín Moreira from Club Ciclista Cerro Largo third.
By teams, Cerro Largo leads, followed by Villa Teresa and in third place is San Antonio de Florida.