SAN JOSE. Costa Rican cyclist Bryan Salas was crowned champion of the 54th edition of the Tour of Costa Rica, while his maximum rival of the event, the Colombian Diego Cano, finished in third place.
The last stage disputed this Tuesday consisted of a flat circuit of 99.5 kilometers in the city of Heredia (center), considered as a “ride of victory”, in which the cyclists best placed in the overall calmly complied the course .
Salas, who in the high mountain stage of Monday opened a gap of almost three minutes over Cano to snatch the lead, was crowned champion today for the first time in his career, while his teammate Daniel Bonilla, finished as second.
“It’s a dream come true, I have no words to describe what this means to me, I’ll take it to the last days of my life,” Salas told reporters.
Cano finished the Vuelta in third place and his compatriot Johnatan Cañaveral was fourth.
Today’s stage was won by the Colombian Aristóbolo Cala with a time of 2 hours 37 minutes and 59 seconds, followed by his compatriot Oscar Quiroz with the same time, after both starred in an extensive flight.
The podium of the last stage is closed by the Russian Artur Ershov, who crossed the finish line at 4:25.
The champion of the mountain prizes is the Costa Rican Román Villalobos, of the Canel’s Specialized team, and the champion of the flying goals was the Guatemalan Julio Padilla, of the Ópticas Deluxe team. (EFE)
THREE FIRST STAGE 10 FINAL (99.5 KM).
1. Aristóbolo Cala (TCBY-Strongman Colombia) 2.37:59
2. Oscar Quiroz (TCBY-Strongman Colombia)
3. Artur Ershov (Selección Rusia) +0:04:25
THREE FIRST GENERAL INDIVIDUAL CLASSIFICATION.
1. Bryan Salas (Nestlé-7C-CBZ-Giant Costa Rica) 32.54:12
2. Daniel Bonilla (Nestlé-7C-CBZ-Giant Costa Rica) +00:01:23
3. Diego Cano (TCBY Strongman Colombia) +00:02:27
CHAMPION MOUNTAIN PRIZES.
Román Villalobos (Canel’s Specialized Costa Rica)
CHAMPION OF FLYING GOALS.
Julio Padilla (Ópticas Deluxe Guatemala)