QUITO. Ecuadorian Byron Guamá won this Friday the penultimate stage of the thirty-sixth Cycling Tour of Ecuador, which was played between the towns of El Playón de San Francisco and Atuntaqui, while Jorge Montenegro is the virtual champion in the absence of a day.

From the Movistar team, Guamá was emerging as a favorite before the start of the Tour for his experience in the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games and has won one of the most extensive stages of the event, with a distance of about 160 kilometers in which timed 4 hours, 29 minutes and 29 seconds.

Behind him arrived Montenegro, of the Eagle Bike Tims team, with time of 4 hours, 29 minutes and 36 seconds, while third place went to Segundo Navarrete, of the same team and who reached the finish line with 4 hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds.

Montenegro also has the mountain awards, with 44 points, followed by fellow countrymen Richard Huera, with 39, and Byron Guamá, with 38.

The leader of the flying goals, completed the seventh stage, is Ecuadorian David Villarreal, of the Coraje Carchense team, with 27 points, followed by his compatriots Santiago Montenegro, of the Movistar, with 12 points, and Pablo Caicedo, of the first team, with 11 units.

Nine local teams participate in the Tour of Ecuador, from which the selection for the Professional Tour 2.1, scheduled for next February in Colombia, and two foreign teams, one from the Colombian department of Nariño, and another from Peru.

The 36th edition of the Tour, which takes place in the towns of the Ecuadorian provinces of Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura and Sucumbios, concludes this Saturday with a circuit in the Ecuadorian capital. (EFE)