The Venezuelan Lilibeth Chacón (Clarus Merquimina) won the third stage of the 21st Women’s Cycling Tour of Guatemala alone and stormed the top of the general classification, just one segment away from putting the final point of the Central American competition.
The brunette, who was third, three seconds behind the leader, surpassed the Colombian Karen Lor Villamizar (Patobaike) at the finish line by more than a minute and the same did the Mexican Marcela Prieto, from the same team, who entered third.
Chacón, in the circuit of the town of Pamezabal, municipality of Santa Lucía Utatlán, in the southwestern department of Sololá, sentenced the event when she let go of the peloton and headed towards the finish line without her rivals being able to hit them.
Local Gabriela Soto (Maciso Cordelsa), one of the pre-competition favourites, had to settle for fourth position, ahead of Canadian Navia Gontova (Roxo Racing). The coffee maker Andrea Alzate (Eneicat-CM Team), who wore the yellow jersey, finished eighth and fell to seventh place in the overall list.
In this he now follows Chacón, Villamizar, one minute and two seconds behind, while Prieto was third, one minute six seconds away.
Only 60 of the multicolored caravan of 72 registered cyclists remain, who will end the action this Sunday with a 59.8-kilometer journey through the main streets of this Guatemalan capital.
Colombians Lorena Colmenares and Liliana Moreno lifted the trophy in 2021 and 2019, respectively. This South American cycling power archives three titles in the land of the quetzal, added to that of Luz Adriana Tovar in 2008.
Created in 2001, after a break in 2022 due to lack of funding, the Women’s Cycling Tour returned to Guatemala with proven rivalry, all the athletes trying to leave their name high every day.
Source: Agencia Prensa Latina y Revista Mundo Ciclistico