Finishing tenth in the second stage and last year's Tour do Rio champion, Spanish Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE) remains the competition's general individual leader (yellow jersey), at 7h59min14s. Fellow countryman Gustavo Veloso (OFM Quinta da Lixa) is second, 4 seconds behind. Andriato's victory this Wednesday now places his third overall, at 1min17sec.
The third of the six stages starts this Thursday, 28th, in the parking lot of the Volta Redonda City Office of Sports and Leisure, at 11 am. The last stage finishes this Sunday, 31st, in Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro.
Before the second stage started, it already looked like rain was bound to keep the cyclists company throughout the race. On the very first uphill stretch, fog and the damp road were some of the hurdles found that forced the athletes to test their resilience.
“I did not start well. I lagged way behind on the first mountain, but my teammates helped me neutralize all of the attacks, allowing me to finish first. I am very happy about this win. I have won three Tour do Rio stages, but this was the hardest victory of all. We were not familiar with the route. It was quite undulating as well. I dedicate this win to my teammates and family. I had reached my limit, at times I thought I was not going to make it, but they helped me a great deal,” Rafael Andriato explained, who was also presented with the green jersey, given to the race's fastest sprinter.
The white jersey, awarded to the best under-23 athlete, was donned for the second day in a row by Eritrean racer Mektel Eyob, from the World Cycling Centre Africa.
Individual Classification in the Stage:
1) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 3h54m01sec
2) Monsalve Yonathan (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – at 01 second
3) Kleber Ramos (Funvic Brasilinvest) – same time
4) Gregolry Panizo (Clube Dataro de Ciclismo) – at 02 seconds
5) Alex Correia Diniz (Funvic Brasilinvest) – same time
Team Classification in the Stage:
1) Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro (Italy) – 11h42m06sec
2) Funvic Brasilinvest (São José dos Campos) – at 02 seconds
3) Ironage Colner (Sorocaba) – at 03 seconds
4) EPM UNE (Colombia) – same time
5) Clube Dataro de Ciclismo (Cascavel) – same time
General Individual Classification
1) Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE – Colombia) – 7h59m14seconds
2) Gustavo Veloso (OFM Quinta da Lixa – Portugal) – at 04 seconds
3) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro – Italy) – at 1 minute 17 seconds
4) Kleber Ramos (Funvic Brasilinvest) – at 1 minute 20 seconds
5) Weimar Roldan (EPM UNE) – at 1 minute 28 seconds
General Classification - Teams
1) EPM UNE (Colombia) – 24h00m50sec
2) OFM Quinta da Lixa (Portugal) – same time
3) Clube Dataro de Ciclismo (Sorocaba) – at 1 minute 19 seconds
4) Funvic Brasilinvest (São José dos Campos) – at 2 minutes 29 seconds
5) Ironage Colner (Sorocaba) – at 5 minutes 12 seconds
6) Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro (Italy) – at 9 minutes 04 seconds
Points in the Stage
1) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 10 points
2) Monsalve Yonathan (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 7 points
3) Kleber Ramos (Funvic) – 5 points
4) Gregolry Panizo (Clube Dataro de Ciclismo) – 3 points
5) Alex Diniz (Funvic) – 2 points
1) Rafael Andriato (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 13 points
2) Oscar Sevilla (EPM UNE) – 10 points
3) Kleber Ramos (Funvic) – 10 points
4) Gustavo Veloso (OFM Quinta da Lixa) – 7 points
5) Monsalve Yonathan (Neri Sottoli/Yellow Fluo Pro) – 7 points
1) Kleber Ramos (Funvic) – 26 points
2) Alan Maniezzo (São Francisco Saúde) – 13 points
3) Roberto Pinheiro (Funvic) – 10 points
Overall Young Riders (Under-23)
1) Metkel Eyob (World Cycling Centre Africa)
2) Peterson Neves (Ironage Colner)
Bye-Bye Training Wheels
The Tour do Rio also dedicates itself to disseminating the culture of cycling in race-hosting cities. Events are held after the end of each stage to celebrate that idea. Children are provided with an area to have a go at riding, thanks to the Bye-Bye Training Wheels project. Aided by professionals, the young cyclists are given a 'slight push' to overcome their fear and bid farewell to training wheels. That is not all, though. The youngsters are taught to respect people and traffic laws, instilling in them from early on the need to be kind and polite on the street.
5th TOUR DO RIO 2014 PROGRAM
3rd Stage – August 28 - VOLTA REDONDA - TRÊS RIOS – 167.2km
Starting point: 11 am – Rua Francisco Lau, no number (parking at the City Office of Sports and Leisure - SMEL Av. Alexandre Polastre Filho, 791). Neighborhood -: Ilha São João
4th Stage – August 29 - TRÊS RIOS - TERESÓPOLIS – 120.3km
Starting point: 12 pm - Av. Prefeito Alberto da Silva Lavinas, no number, Centro (downtown).
5th Stage – August 30 - TERESÓPOLIS / RIO DAS OSTRAS – 196.3 km
Starting point: 7 am – Av. Feliciano Sodré, no. 675 (parking at the Teresópolis City Hall & Council), Várzea.
6th Stage – August 31 - RIO DAS OSTRAS / RIO DE JANEIRO – 180.7km
Starting point: 7 am - Rua Campo de Albacora, no. 75 (across from the Rio das Ostras City Hall), Loteamento Atlântica.