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Colombian takes Tobago road race
Colombian Jaime Ramirez won the UCI (International Cycling Union) 1.2 Tour of Tobago road race which started and ended at the Scarborough Esplanade yesterday.
The 24-year-old Team Coco rider completed circuit in 3 hours 41 minutes and 55.61 seconds, finishing ahead of Americans Michael Olheiser (Vita Malta), 3:45.24.32 and Clixto Bello (Team Coco) 3:47.21.38.
Gevan Samuel (Team Trek) was the first local finishing in 26th spot. The 23-year-old son of former top local rider Gene Samuel clocked 4:05.51.36. Germany’s Frederick Dombrowski (Team Matrix) was the top under-23 finisher, crossing the the line in fifth while William Guzman of the Dominican Republic was the first Caribbean rider to finish (12th).
Former winner Emile Abraham failed to complete the race, abandoning his effort just before Charlotteville.
This year’s event took riders from Shirvan Road, through Whim, Moriah, Parlatuvier, Charlotteville, Roxborough, up to Belmont, Mason Hall and down the Claude Noel Highway to Spring Garden, onto the Milford Road and ended at the Scarborough Esplanade.
Speaking after his victory, Ramirez praised his team for helping him during the hill course. “I knew we had a chance of winning the moment the team took over on the climbs. My team did a good job.”
Abraham also paid tribute to Ramarez. “I raced with him before. He rode very well. He is very light. He is definitely a good climber and rode a spectacular race.”
On Saturday, Raphael Meran (Dominican Republic/Team Foundation) captured the Four stage Classic Division One with 84 points ahead of Jonas Schmeiser (Germany/Team NSP)- 82pts and American Clixto Bell (Team Coco) 65 points. Abraham was the top local, finishing eighth (45 points). Schemeiser collected the Sprint Prime Awards with 105 points with Michael Schweizer (Germany/ Team/NSP) and Ryan Mullen (Ireland/Team IG Sigma Sport), both 97 points.
In division two, local riders were denied the top spot as George Fecheipeter (Germany/Matrix) was the overall winner from Ronald Moses (Slipsteram), James Hadeed (Heat Wave). Local riders took eight of the top ten places. Double Carifta track and field champion Mark London won the division three for the second straight year. London finished ahead of Tyler Cole and Sheldon Cockburn. This year’s race saw 75 riders.
1st-Jaime Ramirez (Colombia/Team Coco) 3:41.55.61
2nd-Michael Olheiser (USA/Team Vita Malt) 3:45.24.32
3rd-Clixto Bello (USA/Team Coco) 3:47.21.38
4th-Jonas Schmeiser (Germany/Team NSP) 3:48.10.35
5th-Frederick Dombrowski (Germany/Team Matrix) 3:48.25.82
6th-Conor Mullervy (USA/Team Vita Malt) 3:49.49.27
7th-Andreas Keuser (Germany/Team Merida) 3:49.49.51
8th-David Kessler (USA/Team Rio) 3:49.49.63
9th-Danie lBichlmann (Germany/Team Merida) 3:49.50.10
10th-Patrick Ericsson (Sweden/Team J. Jenson) 3:49.50.40
26th-Gevan Samuel (T&T/Team Trek) 4:05.51.36
29th-Barry Luces (T&T/Team PSL) 4:07.55.42
35th-Troy Nelson (T&T/Team Bike Smith) 4:12.46.91
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