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Title: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 08, 2018, 11:07
Vuelta al Tachira 11th - 18th January

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Etapa 1: Planta de Concafe - Circuito en Rubio (124.8km)

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Etapa 2: San Cristobal - Borotá (130.8km)

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Etapa 3: Táriba – San Cristóbal (Circuito) (132.3km)

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Etapa 4: San Félix - Santa Cruz de Mora (146.9km)

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Etapa 5: Santa Cruz de Mora - La Grita (169.3km)

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Etapa 6: La Fría - Cordero (165.9km)

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Etapa 7: Ureña - Cerro Cristo Rey (112.3km)

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Etapa 8: Circuito Santos Rafael Bermúdez (115.2km)

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All profiles via zciclismo (https://zciclismo.blogspot.com/).

Start list via zciclismo (https://zciclismo.blogspot.com/):

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Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 08, 2018, 11:24
https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/vuelta-al-tachira-2019-annunciati-il-percorso-e-alcune-squadre-invitate/

Invited foreign teams:

*it

Androni Giocatoli Sidermec

*ec

Movistar Team Ecuador
Team Sendtel

*cl

Safut Peteroa

*co

Medellin
GW Shimano
Bicicletas Strongman
JB Ropa Deportiva
Fundación Hernán Buenahora
Equipo Raúl Saavedra
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 08, 2018, 11:31
Of those, only Androni is confirmed so far.

https://twitter.com/diariodlosandes/status/1071246646686769157

#androni

Marco Benfatto
Leonardo Fedrigo
Matias Viel
Kevin Rivera
Daniel Muñoz

+1

Last year they seemed happy enough to just go after stages and let the locals fight out the GC, but if all the CT teams send strong squads they may feel honour bound to put up a fight this time.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 08, 2018, 11:42
As reported a week or two ago Rujano is making another come back.

https://twitter.com/luisfverde/status/1071064470875766785

I'm not sure if his son Jeison will be riding as well. He has turned 18 recently and according to an article I read has signed for a Spanish (amateur) team in 2019.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 10, 2018, 12:12
http://www.ciclismosinlimites.com/2018/12/09/jb-deportes-a-la-vuelta-al-tachira/

#jbropa

Kevin Sepúlveda
Jonathan Sarmiento
Francisco Colorado
Ángel Rivas
Ismael Sánchez
Aderlyn Cruz

Rivas finished fifth this year, but that was due to being part of the break which finished 15+ minutes ahead of the pack. Unlikely to repeat.

Sepulveda might be good for a stage win. Colorado has the pedigree, but is getting a bit long in the tooth and while Sanchez and Cruz are the best climbers from the Dominican Republic, they are out of their depth here.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 11, 2018, 18:22
https://www.facebook.com/100005733690656/posts/1029196750614772/

#saitel

Francisco Colorado (another one?!)
Erick Castaño
Remberto Jaramillo
Miguel Rodríguez
Ruben Urbano
Santiago Martinez

https://twitter.com/ElNacionalWeb/status/1072548940820725760

Unsurprisingly the roads aren't in good nick down in Tachira.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: search on December 12, 2018, 23:10
#androni

Marco Benfatto
Leonardo Fedrigo
Matias Viel
Kevin Rivera
Daniel Muñoz

+1

On revistamundociclistico.com Savio says that Munoz, Florez, Cardona, Benfatto, Belletti and Cattaneo should be the team for the South American races.

http://www.revistamundociclistico.com/ruta/26692-el-androni-sidermec-anuncia-presencia-en-tachira-san-juan-y-colombia-julian-cardona-otro-refuerzo-colombiano.html

No idea which statement is more accurate though ;)
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 18, 2018, 18:37
https://twitter.com/saidmoanack/status/1075006466233417728

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The route of the Vuelta al Táchira 2019, which was submitted to a unilateral decision of the Ministry of Sport, of the government of the Psuv in 8 stages, subtracting 2 from the usual 10 of the Andean Tour, is now final.

They had been umming and ahhhing about it for a while.

Finances (or lack of it) is of course the reason. They had hoped to get private sponsorship in place for the other two stages, but nothing came of it.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 21, 2018, 20:42
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Finally.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 28, 2018, 05:29
https://twitter.com/luisfverde/status/1077711707802423296
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 28, 2018, 05:37
Invited foreign teams:

*cl

Safut Peteroa

*co

Bicicletas Strongman


These two have been competing at the just finished Vuelta a Costa Rica with contrasting fortunes.

Strongman were very prominent and showed good strength in depth picking up three stage wins with three different riders - Cano, Canaveral and Quiroz. Those same three all finished in the top-six in GC, but lost out on the big prize after suffering on the Queen stage somewhat.

Safut Peteroa didn't do quite as well. Their best known rider (to me anyway) is Flores who ended up 17th in the GC, but over 50 minutes down on the winner. Now he's done well at Tachira before so he probably is just keeping his powder dry in preparation for his main target.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 28, 2018, 19:14
#gw

https://twitter.com/Torresciclismo/status/1078649636112482307

Suarez
Laverde
Pedraza
Serpa
Alzate
Parra

Serpa had an epic solo stage win last year. Parra is the other one to watch.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 30, 2018, 12:39
Profiles added via zciclismo (https://zciclismo.blogspot.com/).
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on December 31, 2018, 09:00
#movistarecuador

https://twitter.com/MatamorosEdwin/status/1079586906718068737

Paredes
Guama
Montenegro
Haro
Quinteros
Pita
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 02, 2019, 05:36
#androni

Marco Benfatto
Leonardo Fedrigo
Matias Viel
Kevin Rivera
Daniel Muñoz

+1

https://twitter.com/MatamorosEdwin/status/1080226971748044800

The +1 is Florez.

Belletti and co will no doubt be starting their campaigns down in San Juan.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 02, 2019, 18:41
https://twitter.com/zciclismo/status/1080508499635945475

No TT after all.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 07, 2019, 10:15
http://www.sportsvenezuela.com/pedro-gutierrez-fuera-de-la-vuelta-al-tachira-por-una-enfermedad/

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Affected by a disease that has kept him inactive since last November, the Venezuelan cyclist Pedro Gutiérrez was forced to cancel his participation in the 54th edition of the Vuelta al Táchira by bicycle and with that he was prevented from defending the title he had reached the previous year.

"When I returned from China (in mid-November) I started having skin problems, an allergy, and I had to go to the doctor, who told me that it was a kind of food poisoning that consumed there,"

"He could not train, because the doctor recommended not having sun exposure. Then, without being able to train, it was impossible to do a good preparation for the Vuelta, "

The defending champ is out.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 07, 2019, 10:36
The traditional warm-up race to Tachira, Vuelta a Bramon, finished yesterday.

Just three stages and I have no idea what the profiles were like, but none of the stages finished in bunch sprints. The honours went to:

Stage 1

Jhon Nava (or one of the six variations of the spelling of his name)
Jose Castillo
Freddy Vargas

Stage 2

Luis Mora
Carlos Galviz
Yonathan Salinas

Stage 3

Yonathan Salinas
Anderson Paredes
Luis Mora

GC

Galviz
Nava
Mora

KOM

Salinas

Sprints

Clever Martinez

U23

Leonel Quintero
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 07, 2019, 20:12
https://twitter.com/VenPaisFuturo/status/1082367019163574272

Interview with Rujano. He's still dreaming of a return to Europe. :zzz1

He'll actually now be riding the Vuelta with Venezuela País de Futuro, which going by the name you'd think would be a devo team of sorts, but Monsalve and Ubeto have ridden for them in the past year or two. In fact, going by that interview, the recently banned Ubeto is still the team manager.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 08:18
Start list via zciclismo (https://zciclismo.blogspot.com/):

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A few changes from the invited teams list. No Medellin or Bicicletas Strongman and Safut Peteroa aren't there from Chile, and yet as South American races go, it's still a very international field.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 14:57
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https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1083735340010090496

Race underway.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 15:28
There are four sprints over the course of the stage. The first and third come with bonifications.

https://twitter.com/MarioLozadaJr/status/1083746040807866370

Don't really remember Alzate doing much at UHC, but he did have a few results over the years.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 16:40
https://twitter.com/YencerBarona13/status/1083762534442848256

Today's stage looks pan flat on the official profile, but on La Flamme Rouge you can see that each lap does contain a bit of a climb. A sprint finish is still likely.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 17:00
https://twitter.com/YencerBarona13/status/1083762534442848256

Some confusion as other tweets say Luis Mendoza is out ahead and has picked up the 2nd and 3rd meta volantes.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 17:57
https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1083778335845613569

Ralph Monsalve won the final intermediate which mean he's tied with Mendoza for that jersey.

Should be finishing shortly.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 11, 2019, 18:46
https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1083790710015475712

Third year in a row that Androni take the opening stage.

Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 12, 2019, 07:39
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One thing I noticed yesterday was the lack of local tweetage about the race in comparison to previous years. Even this morning (with a cursory look admittedly), there are only a couple of pictures and no video of the sprint. In past editions there was almost too much twitter activity. If you followed the race via the official hashtag you were overwhelmed with info and thus had to be a bit more selective.

We'll see how it goes over the rest of the race, but I'm sure this isn't down to the locals not being cycling fans anymore. Some other reason springs to mind.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 12, 2019, 20:51
https://twitter.com/Fre_Gonzalez/status/1084177086137405448

There were a few attacks towards the end. Rivera had another go.



Should be a sprint tomorrow.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2019, 09:07
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+ 1m30 lost by conventional means. It's not that bad considering and he has two team mates in good positions. Ramirez was the only one to stick with Salinas in the finish.

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https://www.lafragua.run/ciclismo/salinas-madrugo-en-borota/
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2019, 16:09
https://twitter.com/FERNANVILL/status/1084480472430858240

Stage three has been underway for a while. I think there's a break of 9 riders including Ronald Gonzalez who was last year's runner-up.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2019, 16:56
https://twitter.com/vzlamultisport/status/1084493153435115527

Gap down to half a minute. Sprint incoming. Aular got pretty close to Benfatto on stage one, maybe he can go one better today.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2019, 17:17
https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1084498080840462337

Could end up losing time as they must be very close to the finish.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2019, 17:22
https://twitter.com/YencerBarona13/status/1084500465667186688

 :cool

Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2019, 21:44
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http://ciclismo.sportgo.tv/2019/01/per-landroni-giocattoli-sidermec-mala-suerte-alla-vuelta-al-tachira/

Rivera ended up losing 4m50. It was a puncture initially which held him up, but then he had a collision with a moto that was following the race. He finished, but is off to the hospital for x-rays etc on his wrist
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2019, 09:57
http://ciclismo.sportgo.tv/2019/01/per-landroni-giocattoli-sidermec-mala-suerte-alla-vuelta-al-tachira/

Rivera ended up losing 4m50. It was a puncture initially which held him up, but then he had a collision with a moto that was following the race. He finished, but is off to the hospital for x-rays etc on his wrist

It was Gianni's fault!

https://www.lateja.cr/deportes/ciclista-tico-se-accidento-en-la-vuelta-al-tachira/JS34YLUOVVF6RBMANXCAMM4MBI/story/

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According to the Venezuelan journalist Gerardo Cordero, a car that was driven by Gianni Savio from Rivera's team, stopped when he saw another member of his team (Benfatto) with a flat tire, action that caused the accident.

"Gianni Savio stopped suddenly and forgot that Rivera was close to him and caused the tico to hit the vehicle and fall. At that time a motorcycle one of the stewards also hit the car, which caused the bike to fall on Rivera's back, "

No break, just inflammation and a bit of a sprain. He'll start today's stage, but I wouldn't be surprised if he DNFs the race at some point.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: search on January 14, 2019, 10:32
I don't think Gianni is driving the cars anymore though. The start list also has Cheula as the DS for #androni Androni instead of Savio.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: LukasCPH on January 14, 2019, 11:41
I don't think Gianni is driving the cars anymore though. The start list also has Cheula as the DS for #androni Androni instead of Savio.
Yeah, I've never seen him drive a car himself in a race. He leaves that to his minions. :D
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2019, 15:48
https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1084836877922897920

The start of the stage was held up for an hour after protests.

Today's stage isn't too tough. Aular thinks he might have a chance.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2019, 18:06
That earlier break was over before it even started. Got a new one.

https://twitter.com/YencerBarona13/status/1084873177908551683

There may be others in between, but it looks good for him.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2019, 18:23
https://twitter.com/InfoviasVZLA/status/1084875603885600776

The others include Monsalve, Camargo and Carlos Torres. Not far to go though.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2019, 18:32
https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1084879596682657792

Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 15, 2019, 20:49
Unfortunately my time for the rest of the race will be very limited. Shame as today's stage seemed a good'un.

https://twitter.com/deporteszulia/status/1085268685072330752

Deportiva Tachira had a plan and attacked on the short descent. They now have five guys in the top-11 on GC.



Amazing performance from Aular. He couldn't quite stick with the fairly large peloton yesterday, but somehow managed to get third on today's much tougher stage. He's off to Matrix Powertag this year where he should at least get a decent pay packet, if not too many UCI race days.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2019, 19:22
https://twitter.com/vive_andes/status/1085609608029396993



Tomorrow's the big day and with quite a few riders still within striking distance.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 17, 2019, 17:42
I think the stage might be over, but there hasn't been any tweets or news about the race for ~40 minutes.

https://twitter.com/diariodlosandes/status/1085943474174738432

This was the break, but the gap was a bit closer. Briceno the virtual leader.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 17, 2019, 19:39
https://twitter.com/Alpe__dHuez/status/1085977608662200320

He did it! Deportiva Tachira blew it big time.

Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: rote_laterne on January 17, 2019, 20:03
So Kevin Rivera ain't Sosa's successor?
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 17, 2019, 20:30
So Kevin Rivera ain't Sosa's successor?

Don't forget he did crash on stage 3. Sixth on yesterday's stage was pretty good going considering.

Leaving all that aside though, I generally don't see him as having that sort of potential. Tbh I don't think any of Androni's current South American crop will turn out to be much cop.
Title: Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
Post by: Leadbelly on January 18, 2019, 21:01
https://twitter.com/DeportesYMasCol/status/1086350066544189452



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