Van Der Zwet takes 2016 Tobago Cycle title. Rodman wins Sprint title

Overall Stage winner at the 2016 Tobago International Cycle Classic Arno Van Der Zwet of Netherlands (PSL) poses with the Classic Girls

Overall Stage winner at the 2016 Tobago International Cycle Classic Arno Van Der Zwet of Netherlands (PSL) poses with the Classic Girls

CROWN POINT, Tobago:  Dutch rider Arno Van Der Zwet rode away with the 2016 Tobago International Cycle Classic stage title after the completion of the final stage at Wilson Road in Scarborough on Saturday. The PSL team-member finished third (1 hr 5 min 15.24 sec) in the Division One 60 laps (60km) Market Square Criterium behind the Team Foundation duo of Norlandy Sanchez (Dom Rep), 1:05.14.92, and Geron Williams (Guyana), 1:05.15.11. Sanchez took the Scarborough circuit for the second straight year. However, Van Der Zwet, with 25 points earned in his third place finish, amassed 90 points to take the overall crown and the top prize of TT$5,000.00. He will also collected an addition TT$1,500 for his victory in Stage One on Tuesday at Shirvan ($1000) and third place in Scarborough ($500). Another Dutch/PSL cyclist Nick Stopler was second with 73 points. Patrick Moren of Sweden, ensured a PSL team-sweep as he was third, narrowly edging out Aurelien Daniel (France/Team Econo Car Rental).  Both totalled 66 points but Moren got the nod for third as he beat Daniel in the final stage. Last year’s winner Rodman was seventh overall. In Stage Four Stopler was eighth, one place ahead of Daniel in ninth. Rodman was sixth. Stage Four winner Sanchez was tenth.  Akil Campbell (Team Cocos) was the top local in seventh. Last year’s Division Two winner Tyler Cole, riding for Team Krieger, was 11th. Stephen Alexander(Team Foundation) was  32nd.  Overall Cole finished in 18th (23 points) ahead of Campbell-23rd (14) and  Alexander-44th.

Cole was fourth in the Under 25 category as Sebastian Rodriguez Cadena (Team Krieger) of Ecuador took the top spot ahead of Sebatian Caicedo (Colombia/Team Econo Car Rentals), Jeffrey Raynauth (Guyana/Team Cocos).

PSL teammates Arno Van Der Zwet of Netherlands (right) and Marlo Rodman of Jamaica (left) celebrate at the end of Stage Four

PSL teammates Arno Van Der Zwet of Netherlands (right) and Marlo Rodman of Jamaica (left) celebrate at the end of Stage Four

Rodman held on the Sprint Prime trophy for another year with 241 points ahead of Stopler (237) and Christian Torres (Colombia/Team Foundation) 180.  In the Wilson Road Criterium  Rodman won four of the ten Sprint laps and was second and third in two other circuits.  The Spanish Town, Jamaica resident missed out on a second title as he was second in the ‘Fast & Furious’Road Keirin finals behind team-mate Australian Tyler Spurrell. Argentine Jose Rivera (Team Econo Car Rental) was third with local Adam Alexander (Team Foundation), Venezualan Luiz Diaz (The Braves) following behind. The Martinique pair of Jean-Emmanuel Laurendot and Michael Stanislaus were sixth and seventh while Jamaican Oshane Williams (The Braves) and Cole were eight and nine respectively.

Fifteen year old Jabari Whiteman (T&T/Southclaine) claimed the Division Two overall honours with 49 points after winning the Scarborough 20 lap leg.  The Santa Flora resident edged out the Guyanese duo of Andrews Hicks (Rig Tech Sonics), 37 and Romello Crawford (PSL/RBC), 35 points. At the Scarborough stage Whiteman finished ahead of Crawford and Tremaine Forde Catwell (Barbados/Swift) to cop his first victory after  he was third in the first stage and second in second and third stages. Whiteman was the top under 17 rider while Crawford was best in the under 19 category.

Desiree Ehrler (Switzerland/Team Eleven) took the Ladies Open class ahead of Caroline Baur (Switzerland/Team Eleven) and Christiane Farah (T&T/PSL).  Brent Hurdle (T&T/Breakaway) secured the Masters 40-49 division while Ted Muir (Tobago/Easy Goers) was the top Master 50-59 rider. The T&T/PSL duo of Foster Francois and Codrington Joefield were first and second in the Masters Over 60 division.

D’Angelo Harris (T&T/Rigtech Sonics) competed unbeaten in Division three with wins in Plymouth and Scarborough to tally 20 points. Tariq Woods (T&T/Team Woods),14 points and Dexter Henry (Tobago/Unattached), 10 points were second and third respectively in both stages behind Harris.

Audio Interviews

2016 Overall Winner – Arno Van Der Zwet of Netherlands (PSL)

Marlo Rodman of Jamaica – After Stage 4

Division Four -Top Winners

By Clayton Clarke