With a massive arrival and the clear victory of the Venezuelan César Sanabria, of the Venezuela Country of the Future team, in the final sprint, the traditional Tour of Táchira began this Sunday, in Venezuela, which is part of the international calendar of the UCI America Tour.

Sanabria, 24, used a time of 3 hours, 41 minutes and 57 seconds to complete the 149.8-kilometer stretch between the cities of San Cristóbal and Táriba, escorted by Colombian Jonathan Guatibonza (GW Shimano-Sidermec) and Venezuelan Enrique Díaz (Ángeles Hernández Foundation), second and third on the podium, respectively.

Guatibonza and Díaz completed the same time as the winner, but in the general classification they appear four and five seconds behind the first leader of the LVIII edition of the King of Venezuela Giro, due to the bonuses obtained at the finish line.

The segment had several breakaway attempts from all the squads, but none of them were fruitful, hence the first phase was decided in a massive arrival on a flat terrain, in which César Sanabria brought out the greatest strength to pack himself in the last 500 meters and take the win.

“I have always dreamed that I would win a stage in the Tour of Táchira since I started cycling and this Sunday I was given. I have won a stage in the Vuelta a Venezuela and I was missing the Vuelta al Táchira. I also have to be grateful to my teammates, without them I couldn’t have won,” the winner told the media after the award ceremony.

The start of this emblematic competition was attended by the governor of the state of Táchira, Freddy Bernal, accompanied by the first lady Karen Durán de Bernal, Mervin Maldonado, Minister of Sports, Alfredo Zambrano, mayor of San Cristóbal, and other executives linked to sports .

The contest has the participation of 127 athletes, divided into 22 teams; in addition to six international teams. The second stage of the Tour of Táchira will be held on Monday between the towns of San Josecito and San Cristóbal, with a route of 141.5 kilometers.

Source: Venezuelan media comunication