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[2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
« on: December 08, 2018, 11:07 »
Vuelta al Tachira 11th - 18th January



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



Etapa 2: San Cristobal - Borotá (130.8km)



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



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



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



Etapa 6: La Fría - Cordero (165.9km)



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



Etapa 8: Circuito Santos Rafael Bermúdez (115.2km)



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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #1 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
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #2 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #3 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #4 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #5 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #6 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 ;)
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #7 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #8 on: December 21, 2018, 20:42 »


    Finally.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #10 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #11 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #12 on: December 30, 2018, 12:39 »
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #13 on: December 31, 2018, 09:00 »
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #14 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #16 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #17 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
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #18 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #19 on: January 11, 2019, 08:18 »
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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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #21 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #22 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #23 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #24 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #25 on: January 11, 2019, 18:46 »
    https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1083790710015475712

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

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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #26 on: January 12, 2019, 07:39 »


    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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #27 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.
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #28 on: January 13, 2019, 09:07 »


    + 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.



    https://www.lafragua.run/ciclismo/salinas-madrugo-en-borota/
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    Re: [2.2] Vuelta al Tachira
    « Reply #29 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.
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