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December 28/09 9:00 am - Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica - Stage 11

Posted by Editoress on 12/28/09

Local rider José Adrián Bonilla of team Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue won yesterday's 11th and penultimate stage of the 45th Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica, which consisted of a 30.3 kilometre time trial course, between San Pedro and San Isidro of Pérez Zeledón.

Bonilla achieved his second victory of this year’s race in a time of 40 minutes and 22 seconds, with BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS’ Gregory Brenes finishing at 8 seconds, and overall leader and virtual champion Janier Acevedo of team Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia coming in third at 14 seconds.

This result only enabled Brenes to cut off seven seconds from the difference that separates him from the first place, and practically secures the 19th title for a Colombian racer at la Vuelta a Costa Rica. The other local hope, Juan Carlos Rojas of Plycem-JPS-Orbea, finished sixth, 59 seconds behind the day’s winner Bonilla.

With only one more stage to go, South American Acevedo is just about to celebrate what he considers one of the biggest triumphs of his career. “I’m more than happy, this is something we (the team) wanted since we got invited to the race. Tomorrow I will try to demonstrate that this title is coming home with the best riders”.

The local expectations now depend on the possibility of something that delays or even forces the leader to abandon during the last stage. However, this is something not likely to happen, given the superior performance showed by Colombia’s Acevedo over the past 11 days.

The final course, the “queen stage” of La Vuelta a Costa Rica, takes place today between San Isidro of Pérez Zeledón, and the very heart of the capital San José. It will be a 134.8 kilometre route, which will feature the unique “hors category” climb of the competition, at the “Cerro de la Muerte” (literally “Mountain of Death”).

It might be the dreamed scenario for a dreamed victory. Acevedo already knows what is required to conquer this climb after winning Saturday’s stage between San José and Pérez Zeledón. Therefore, it is possible that such feared ascent will become the champion’s red carpet. In fact, only two trophies are not in the list for the Colombian team. The sprints jersey is already assured to Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue’s Eduardo Garita, while the U23’s winner's title is likely to be the consolation prize for the defending champion Gregory Brenes.

Stage 11: San Pedro to San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón ITT, 30.3 Km
1 José Adrián Bonilla (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 0:40:22.870
2 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS at 0:08
3 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 0:13
4 Henry Raabe (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 0:23
5 Julián Rodas (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 0:34
6 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 0:59
7 José Alberto Montero (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 1:00
8 Steven Villalobos (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 1:22
9 Marco Salas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 1:32
10. César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 1:46
11. Jan Lof (Ned) Amsterdam Team 1:49
12. Marconi Durán (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 2:07
13. Marco Salas (CRc) Grupo ICE 2:11
14. Giel Nijs (Ned) Amsterdam Team 2:13
Jesús Castaño (Col) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 2:13
44 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 6:37
54 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 8:41
62 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 10:48
63 Vincent Veilleuz (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 11:42
1 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 30:43:53
2 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS at 4:02
3 Julián Rodas (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 4:54
4 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 5:57
5 José Adrián Bonilla (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 10:29
6 Jesús Castaño (Col) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 16:11
7 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 19:26
8 Marconi Durán (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue s.t.
9 Federico Ramírez (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 22:07
10. Marco Salas (CRc) Grupo ICE 24:38
11. César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 25:03
12. Henry Raabe (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 25:14
13. Nicolás Castro (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 27:00
14. Pablo Araya (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 28:42
Paulo Vargas (CRc) PlycemJPS-Orbea 30:33
31 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 1:17:597
53 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 2:20:03
54 Vincent Veilleuz (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 2:24:05
61 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 2:52:59
Points Classification
1.Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 96 pts
2 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 91
3 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 91
31 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 10
32 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 7
33 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 5
Best Climber
1 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 42 pts
2 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 28
3 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 26
U23 Classification
1 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 30:47:55
2 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS at 15:24
3 César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 21:01
Sprints Classification
1 Eduardo Garita (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 19 pts
2 Marco Guillén (CRc) Grupo ICE 17
3 Giel Nijs (Ned) Amsterdam Team 11
Teams Classification
1 Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia (Colombia) 92:07:09
2 BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS (Costa Rica) at 17:45
3 Plycem-JPS-Orbea (Costa Rica) 31:34
9 Tour D’Quebec-GTH 5:06:11


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