Venezuelan cyclist Luis Mora, of the Ángeles Hernández Foundation team, won Saturday the seventh and penultimate stage of the Tour of Táchira, which continues to be led by Ecuadorian Jonathan Caicedo, of the Mexican Petrolike.

The day consisted of a challenging stretch of 140.9 kilometers that included the Colombian city of Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela, which today’s winner rode in a time of 3 hours 56 minutes and 34 seconds.

After the winner, the Venezuelans Enmanuel Viloria, from Lotería del Táchira, and Daniel Abreu, from Camimpeg Carbomat, came second and third, respectively.

The breakaway of the day was led by Colombian Diego Andrés Benavides (Avinal-El Carmen de Viboral-Vicman Bikes), who was accompanied by Luis Mora (Team Fundación Ángeles Hernández), Reinaldo Arocha (La Guaira Bandes), Neftali Josué Jiménez (Uptaiet-Inversiones Alexander), Enmanuel Viloria (Lotería del Táchira), Fernando Briceño (Team La Guacamaya-Indet Trujillo), Brayan Revete (Venezuela País Futuro), Isaac Yaguaro (Selección de Venezuela), Julio Blanco (Team La Guacamaya-Indet Trujillo) and Daniel Abreu (Camimpeg Carbomat).

Gradually, the breakaway disintegrated and only three riders remained in the lead. In the closing, he decided to launch an attack that was only answered by Enmanuel Viloria (Lotería del Táchira) and Daniel Abreu (Camimpeg Carbomat). The three of them climbed together the last kilometers looking for the Cerro del Cristo.

Speaking to journalists, Mora thanked his team for the confidence “from day one” and said he cried from happiness. “I always wanted to win and never could,” said the winner.

For his part, Caicedo said that Saturday’s ride was “very difficult” and “very hard”, and he felt that “he almost left his life there. Until it’s over, it’s not over. We hope that tomorrow we have all the luck in the world, that no mishap happens,” added the leader.

In the 59th edition of the competition, the organizers will maintain the novelties incorporated in 2023, of a route that crosses Cúcuta and a women’s classic on Sunday, when the so-called queen race of South American cycling will finish.

The governor of Táchira, Freddy Bernal, announced that, for the next edition, the authorities are evaluating the possibility of extending the competition to the Colombian municipality of Pamplona, as well as the possibility of inviting teams from Russia and China.

Stage 7 | Ureña – Cerro del Cristo (140,9 km)

1Luis MoraFundacion Angeles Hernandez3:56:34
2Enmanuel ViloriaLotería del Táchira0:11
3Daniel AbreuCamimpeg-Carbomart DT0:32
4Juan RuizGob.Trujillo1:42
5Nelson CamargoGob.Trujillo1:44

General Ranking

1Jonathan Caicedo *EcuadorForte Petrolike – Androni Giocattoli22:58:12
2Juan José RuizGob. Trujillo Orbea0:28
3Nelson CamargoGob. Trujillo Orbea0:59
4Luis PintoTeam MM Mutraining1:21
5Yonathan MonsalveSelec Vzla Osorio G Triple Gordo2:09