It was under rain, fog and mountain climbing that the third stage of Tour do Rio’s fifth edition took place this Thursday, the 28th. During the 173.7 km (107.9 m) stretch between Volta Redonda and Três Rios, cyclists faced tight curves while maintaining an average speed of 42 km per hour. The fastest of the stage was Argentinean Cristian Clavero (Ironage Colner), who took off in a strong sprint during the final two kilometers and passed his adversaries, finishing at 4h03min40s. In second place was Brazilian Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli / Yellow Fluo Pro), followed by his teammate Monsalve Yonathan.
Fifth place in the third stage and champion of the Tour do Rio last year, the Spaniard (Oscar Sevilla EPM UNE) remains the leader of the competition’s individual category (yellow jersey), at 12h02min51s. In second place is his countryman Gustavo Veloso (OFM Quinta da Lixa), just five seconds behind overall. Rafael Andriato is still in third place overall, at 1min14s behind.
The fourth of six stages will start this Friday, the 29th, at Ave. Prefeito Alberto da Silva Lavinas, S/Nº, downtown Três Rios, at noon. The final stage will wrap up this Sunday, the 31st, at Quinta da Boa Vista, in Rio de Janeiro, and is estimated to arrive at 11 am.
Just like the day before, morning rain announced how difficult it would be to reach the finish line in Três Rios. Prepared with warm clothes, the athletes left Volta Redonda and pedaled for over four hours before seeing the final flags. The finish was a thrilling sight for over a hundred children from local schools who had come to watch. They became extra excited when Argentinean Cristian Clavero (Ironage Colner) passed Brazilian Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli / Yellow Fluo Pro).
“I’m very happy. We used the right strategy and managed to keep good positioning so I was able to sprint the final kilometers and pass (Rafael) Andriato. Tomorrow (Friday) will be a difficult stage, so I just need to rest and focus on the race," Cristian Clavero said.
In second place, and the stage’s best sprinter (green jersey), Rafael Andriato lamented not winning the Três Rios stage title for the third straight time. “I'm a little bugged by my result, since I started the sprint too early. I got too excited about possibly winning again and ended up coming up short in terms of strategy. But at the same time, I’m content about achieving a good position. Now I just need to focus on the next stage,” he completed.
The polka-dot jersey (best climber) went to Brazilian Kleber Ramos (Funvic Brasilinvest) once again. The white jersey, for best Sub-23 athlete, went to Eritrean athlete Mektel Eyob, of World Cycling Centre Africa, for the third straight day.
Individual Stage Classification:
1) Cristian Clavero (Ironage Colner) – 4h03min40s
2) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – same time
3) Monsalve Yonathan (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – same time
4) Murilo Affonso (Ironage Colner) – same time
5) Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE) – same time
Team Stage Classification:
1) Ironage Colner (Sorocaba) – 12h11min00s
2) EPM UNE (Colombia) – same time
3) OFM/Quinta da Lixa (Portugal) – same time
4) Funvic Brasilinvest (São José dos Campos) – same time
5) Clube Dataro de Ciclismo (Cascavel) – same time
6) Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro (Italy) – 33 seconds behind
7) São Francisco Saúde (Ribeirão Preto) – 54 seconds behind
Individual Overall Classification:
1) Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE – Colombia) – 12h02min51s
2) Gustavo Veloso (OFM / Quinta da Lixa – Portugal) – 05s behind
3) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro – Italy) – 1min14s behind
4) Kleber Ramos (Funvic Brasilinvest) – 1min22s behind
5) Weimar Roldan (EPM UNE) – 1min29s behind
Overall Classification – Teams
1) EPM UNE (Colombia) – 36h11min44s
2) OFM/Quinta da Lixa (Portugal) – same time
3) Clube Dataro de Ciclismo (Sorocaba) – 1min19s behind
4) Funvic Brasilinvest (São José dos Campos) – 2min30s behind
5) Ironage Colner (Sorocaba) – 5min12s
6) Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro (Italy) – 9min40s behind
7) São Francisco Saúde (Ribeirão Preto) – 10min15s behind
Points for the Stage
1) Cristian Clavero (Ironage Colner) – 10 points
2) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 7 points
3) Monsalve Yonathan (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 5 points
4) Murilo Affonso (Ironage Colner) – 3 points
5) Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE) – 2 points
1) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 20 points
2) Cristian Clavero (Ironage Colner) – 19 points
3) Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE) – 14 points
4) Monsalve Yonathan (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 12 points
5) Kleber Ramos (Funvic Brasilinvest) – 10 points
1) Kleber Ramos (Funvic Brasilinvest) – 30 points
2) Magno Nazaret (Funvic Brasilinvest) – 28 points
3) Alan Maniezzo (São Francisco Saúde) – 13 points
Overall Youth (Sub-23)
1) Metkel Eyob (World Cycling Centre Africa)
2) Peterson Neves (Ironage Colner)
GOODBYE TRAINING WHEELS
Tour do Rio is spreading cycling culture in the cities it visits. At the end of each stage, events are organized that celebrate this idea. Kids are also given a chance to take their first unassisted spin thanks to the “Goodbye Training Wheels” project. With the help of professionals, the little cyclists are given a “little push” in the direction of getting over their fear and balancing on their own. But that’s not all. The young people are taught to respect others and traffic laws, inspiring them to share kindness and politeness starting at an early age.
2014 FIFTH TOUR DO RIO SCHEDULE
4th Stage – August 29 – TRÊS RIOS – TERESÓPOLIS – 120.3km
Start: 12 noon - Ave. Prefeito Alberto da Silva Lavinas, S/Nº, Downtown.
5th Stage – August 30 – TERESÓPOLIS / RIO DAS OSTRAS – 196.3 km
Start: 7 am – Ave. Feliciano Sodré, nº. 675 (Parking lot of Teresópolis City Hall), Várzea.
6th Stage – August 31 – RIO DAS OSTRAS / RIO DE JANEIRO – 180.7 km
Start: 7 am - Rua Campo de Albacora, Nº 75 (In front of Rio das Ostras City Hall), Loteamento Atlântica.