Costa Rican climber Kevin Rivera (Androni Sidermec) has won the seventh stage of the Vuelta al Táchira (2.2, Venezuela), 117 kilometers between Ureña and the ascent to Cristo Rey de San Antonio. Roniel Campos (Deportivo Táchira) maintains the lead.

The stage had two mountainous difficulties in its final part: the Alto Los Cacaos (13.2 km at 7.2%) and the explosive Cerro Alto – Cristo Rey (2.6 km at 8.5%). In Los Cacaos, Jefferson Cepeda (Androni) and Juan Ruiz (Deportivo Táchira) escaped, but Kevin Rivera (Androni) counterattacked and won the victory alone.

Androni Sidermec thus achieves its fifth victory in seven stages, although today they have to lament the fall of Ecuadorian Jefferson Cepeda while rolling in the lead in the last kilometers. The first information points to a broken wrist.

On Sunday, the curtain of the Vuelta al Táchira closes with 12 laps of 9.6 kilometers to a flat circuit in the town of San Cristobal. In total, it will be 115.2 kilometers where the Venezuelan Roniel Campos will have everything in favor to achieve the overall victory. 

SOURCE: Lauren Zabala (Zikloland) 

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