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December 22/09 0:18 am - Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica - Stage 6

Posted by Editoress on 12/22/09

Costa Rican José Adrián Bonilla, of team Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue, won Monday’s sixth stage at the 45th Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica, while defending champion Gregory Brenes put himself ahead of the general classification once again.

In fact, the day’s course not only moved Brenes up to the lead, but shook up the entire classification. Bonilla sprinted to win over the six man group that dominated the race, however, it was Brenes who gained the most as he and other serious GC contenders attacked the rest of the peloton when the steepest mountains appeared.

Bonilla - former professional with Spain’s former Kelme/Costa Blanca team - crossed the finish line with a time of 3:41:19, second was Plycem-JPS-Orbea’s Pablo Araya, while third place went to Brenes. Another top figures of La Vuelta came in with the same time: local Juan Carlos Rojas and the Colombian duo of Janier Acevedo and Julián Rodas (Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia).

In the general classification, Brenes commands the race with a total time of 19:37:16, but his main rivals are still close. José Adrián Bonilla is only 5 seconds behind, Colombia’s Acevedo at 10 and Juan Carlos Rojas at 14 seconds.

The sixth stage completed the 140 kilometre “double” route Santa Ana-San Ramón-Santa Ana, which was characterized by several ups and downs, “leg-breaker” style. The course presented the first category 1 climb of this year’s La Vuelta, and that was precisely where the best climbers took off from the peloton.

The most favoured riders to win the tour demonstrated why they have been considered as the true aspirants to the title. Bonilla, Brenes, Juan Carlos Rojas, his young brother César and teammate Pablo Araya, and Colombian Acevedo and Rodas were in the break that animated thousands of fans at every town the caravan went through.

The commanding group gained more than 10 minutes over the rest of the peloton. The sprinters had their chance to burn bright at the beginning of the competition, but now is the time for the climbers. Despite this, nobody finished outside the time limit … yet.

Therefore, all the riders that remain will be at the start line for tomorrow’s seventh stage,which will cover 144 kilometres between Guápiles, in the Atlantic Province of Limón, and Oreamuno, at cold Cartago.

Press release

Stage 6: Santa Ana to Santa Ana, 140 Km
1 José A Bonilla (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 3:41:19
2 Pablo Araya (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea
3 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS
4 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea
5 Julián Rodas (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia
6 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia all s.t.
7 César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 0:07
8 Jesús Castaño (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 1:30
9 William Valencia (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 1:49
10 Paulo Vargas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 1:52
11 Marco Salas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea
12 Henry Raabe (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue
13 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS
14 Federico Ramírez (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS
15 Marconi Durán (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue
16 Marco Salas (CRc) Grupo ICE
17 Steven Villalobos (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea all s.t.
36 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 13:00
50 Vincent Veilleuz (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 23:01
51 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH s.t.
60 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 30:40
61 Marvin Guzman (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 31:09
1 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 19:37:16
2 José Adrián Bonilla (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 0:05
3 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 0:10
4 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 0:14
5 Julián Rodas (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia s.t.
6 Pablo Araya (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 0:15
7 Jesús Castaño (Col) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 1:45
8 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 1:48
9 Federico Ramírez (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 1:53
10 Henry Raabe (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 1:56
11 Marconi Durán (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 1:57
12 William Valencia (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 2:00
13 Paulo Vargas (CRc) PlycemJPS-Orbea 2:11
14 Steven Villalobos (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 2:12
15 César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 2:19
16 Marco Salas (CRc) PlycemJPS-Orbea 2:59
17 Marco Salas (CRc) Grupo ICE 3:07
31 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 16:52
46 Marvin Guzman (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 41:14
56 Vincent Veilleuz (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 49:00
57 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 49:52
63 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 1:03
Points Classification
1 Henry Raabe (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 53 pts
2 William Valencia (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 47
3 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 45
Best Climber
1 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 16 pts
2 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 10
3 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 10
U23 Classification
1 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 19:37:16
2 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS at1:48
3 William Valencia (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 2:00
Sprints Classification
1 Marco Guillén (CRc) Grupo ICE 17 pts
2 Eduardo Garita (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 13
3 Douglas Offer (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 10
7 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 5
Teams Classification
1 Plycem-JPS-Orbea (Costa Rica) 58:27:15
2 Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia (Colombia) at 1:09
3 BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS (Costa Rica) 3:10
9 Tour D’Quebec-GTH 1:25:20


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