The experienced Venezuelan Lilibeth Chacón, from the Claruso Merquimina team, won this Thursday the first stage of the 21st Women’s Tour of Guatemala, whose route included 114.8 kilometers, while the Colombian Andrea Alzate (COL/Eneicat-CM Team) kept the jersey of leader.
In the Parramos circuit, a municipality in the central department of Chimaltenango, the brunette sparked sparks in an electrifying final run to be at the head of 20 other riders, including Colombian Karen Villamizar, from Patobike, who finished second.
Third place at the finish line corresponded to Juliana Londoño, also a coffee maker, from the Prototype Women’s Cycling Team, who previously added two of the three flyers disputed, while she maintains the leadership of the Under-23 category.
The 76 runners from five countries passed through the roundabout, El Tejar-Kilometer, 58-Entrance to the head city of the demarcation and concluded with seven laps of it.
The leading role of the prologue of the fight, category 2.2 UCI, was taken the day before by Andrea Alzate, from the Colombia-Eneicat CM team, followed by her compatriot Karen Loren from Patobike, with Chacón third.
The competition will conclude next Sunday, with another three stages in line, until a total of 415 kilometers are covered, 121.2 tomorrow, 118 on Saturday and 60 on the final day.
The Mexican Marcela Prieto (Patobike) arrived with the endorsement of succeeding in this land of the quetzal in 2018 and of the maximum Tico event the following year.
The hostess Jazmin Gabriela Soto, 30 years old and a member of the Maciso Cordelsa Don Paletero team, was in third place five years ago and in 2022 she was runner-up in the Tour of Costa Rica.
In the 2021 edition, the Colombian Lorena Colmenares took the victory, while her compatriot Liliana Moreno won the championship in 2019.
This South American cycling power archives three titles, added to that of Luz Adriana Tovar in 2008. Created in 2001, after a break in 2022 due to lack of financing, the Vuelta returned to Guatemala with proven rivalry, all the women leaving the name well up (own, team or country).
This is how the Elite General Classification was:
Andrea Alzate (COL/Eneicat-CM Team) — 3:11.21 min.
Karen Villamizar (COL/Patobike) — m.t.
Lilibeth Chacón (VEN/Clarus Merquimina) — 1 sec.
Marcela Prieto (MEX/Patobike) — 3 sec.
Juliana Londoño (COL/Prototype Women’s Cycling Team) — 3 sec.
Source: Agencia Prensa Latina