CASTRO, CHILE. The Cyclo Tour to Chiloé will celebrate its 2019 edition between March 5 and 10, debuting the UCI 2.2 category. Known as the “southernmost race on the planet”, the Chilota event will receive great figures from the Latin American peloton, who will arrive in search of the points they award for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.
For the first time within the UCI América Tour calendar, the squad is awaiting five days of maximum demand due to the broken geography and unpredictable weather of southern Chile. As far as the route refers, it will consist of a prologue, three stages of great hardness and a final individual time trial, with which the 2019 edition will be closed. The 400 kilometers of route will serve to visit three islands of the archipelago and various churches of the Patrimony of the Humanity, National Parks and the main tourist attractions of Chiloé.
The multicolored caravan will animate the routes of the communes of Castro, Quellón, Curaco de Vélez, Achao, Chonchi and Puqueldón, with a squad that will gather great international figures. The lot will be comprised of 13 foreign teams and 10 national teams, including cyclists of the likes of Spanish Óscar Sevilla (Team Medellín), runner-up of the Vuelta a España 2001 and champion of the Vuelta a San Juan 2018; the Colombians Rodolfo Torres (TeamIlluminate) and Fabio Duarte (Team Medellín), world champion Sub 23 in 2008; the Costa Rican Román Villalobos (Canel’sSpecialized), Manuel Rodas (Selection of Guatemala) or the local hopes Elías Tello (HB Media), the historic Marco Antonio Arriagada and the last champion, Matías Arriagada -both with the Team PROESSA-, among others .
The official presentation, held this Thursday in Castro, was attended by the Minister of Sport of Chile, Pauline Kantor. “It is a very important, first level event. Having a Tour of this magnitude is a milestone, which will unite sport and tourism, allowing the world to be shown what Chile is, “stressed the Secretary of State, about this event that seeks to consolidate internationally.
05/03 Presentation by teams
06/03 Prologue: Castro Historical Heritage Circuit (3.1 km)
07/03 Stage 1: I’m going to Pa’Quellón. Quellón (120 km)
08/03 Stage 2: Island of Quinchao. Curacao of Vélez – Achao (117 km)
09/03 Stage 3: Wall of Chiloé. Chonchi (117 km)
10/03 Stage 4: Individual time trial in Puqueldón. Lemuy Island (11.5 km)