Diaz and Frank dominate Scarborough leg of Tobago Cycle…but Pachon still leads

By Clayton Clarke/Sean Mc Coon

CROWN, POINT, Tobago: (Sat, Oct, 06) Louis Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport) and Frank Travieos (USA/Team Pharmarco) ruled the streets of Scarborough during the Stage Four of 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) earlier today. Diaz won the Market Square Criterium Division One 60km/60 lap in  1 hr 42 minutes 9.61 seconds (1:42:09.61) ahead of Travieso in a sprint finish by 2/100 of a second (1:42:09.63). The pair crushed the field after taking the lead at the end of the 24th lap end worked together to end the their lead over the chasing pelaton. The two exchanged the lead and pushed the pace until the caught the pack in the completion of the 36th lap (24 remaining).  

Lewis Paul (UK/TBW23) led the opening lap ahead of Gregory Vanderpool (BAR/Sentry Boatyard). Yoxmel Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport) and Dennis Ramirez (COL/Raiders) took the next laps before Travieso took over after five loops. He and Bernardo Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport) maintained the lead until the end of lap seven when Heatwaves riders Jamol Eastman (BAR) and Guy Costa (TTO) went ahead. The pace slowed down and picked up as different riders showed their intentions for taking the stage. Martiniquan Mikael Stanislas (Sentry/Boatyard) and TTO’s Jabari Whiteman (Dutch Food Valley) all had their moments in front before Diaz and Travieso teamed up to conquer the field.  

The race was full of drama and spills and had to be stopped on two occasions because of crashes. The first spill came during the 15th loop and participants were forced to wait until the affected riders were treated before the competition resumed. Another collision occurred ten laps from the finished just after the finish line. The injured cyclist was taken to hospital. As the riders eagerly awaited the restart the rains came and several participants opted to ride cautiously on the wet and slippery roads.

Robert Sierra (VEN/Heatwave) finished in third ahead of Edwin Sutherland (BAR/Heatwave) with TTO’s Kemp Orosco (Heatwave), Ramirez, veteran Emile Abraham (TTO/Team Pharmaco), Bernardo Diaz, Stanislas and yellow jersey wearer Oscar Pachon (COL/Raiders rounded off the top ten. Pachon’s tenth place was enough to see him maintain the overall lead narrowly over Sierra. Both are on 73 points. Stage One winner Carlos Linares (VEN/Raiders) is third (68) ahead of Abraham (62) and Kein Vogel (GER/Embrace the World).

Abraham continues to defy age and leads the Sprint King standing ahead of  another local rider Akil Campbell and Bernardo Diaz. Abraham is also the top Masters (Over40), Caribbean and TTO cyclists for yet another stage. Team Raiders is leading in the Team standings ahead of Heatwave and Team Pharmaco.

TTO’s Maurice Burnette (Pheonix) took over the lead in the Division Two category after winning the 20km/20 lap in 38 minutes 43.62 seconds (38:43.62) from another local Kirtson George (Raiders) and Andres Diaz (VEN/Raiders).  Heatwave holds the top three spots in the Ladies class as Alexis Costa is ahead of sister Jessica and Cheyenne Awai.

Mark London took another Division Three crown after his wins in Plymouth on Friday and Scarborough. The five-time Carifta Games track and field champion cruised to victory ahead of Deon David and Cecil Meville in both stages.

The 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic culminates with the 130km Tour of Tobago on Sunday which begins at the Scarborough Esplanade in Scarborough at 7:30am. The riders will proceed along Milford Road and unto Claude Noel Highway unto Shirvan Road up to Dunveygan Road up to Northside Road, Speyside, Charlotteville, Parletuvier down to Hope, across to Mason Hall down Auchenskeoch Roundabout and up back to Scarborough.  This year’s edition will end with the prize-giving ceremony at the Cycling Village at Johnston Apartments.

trip around the island ahead of Sunday’s finale-Tour of Tobago.

The Plymouth Village criterium (Division One-65km/50 laps, Division-Two- 26km/20 laps, Division Three-7km/5 laps) is set for Friday, October, 5 on Shelbourne Street (1:30pm)  and the Market Square criterium (Division One-60 km/60 laps, Division Two-20 km/20 laps, Division Three-5km/5 laps) is set for Wilson Road, Scarborough Sat, October, 6 (8:30am)

Sponsors: Tobago House of Assembly (THA), The Sports and Culture Fund, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), National Gas Company (NGC), Ministry of Tourism, Dasani Water, British Airways, Econo Car Rentals, El Pecos, Agostini Insurance, Crown Point Hotel, Johnston Apartments, B Mobile, Holiday Snacks, Bermudez and Reboot.

The annual Tobago International Cycling Classic is now in its 31st edition. This year will see the introduction of the Gran Fondo event on Friday, where the riders will take a  trip around the island ahead of Sunday’s finale-Tour of Tobago.

The Plymouth Village criterium (Division One-65km/50 laps, Division-Two- 26km/20 laps, Division Three-7km/5 laps) is set for Friday, October, 5 on Shelbourne Street (1:30pm)  and the Market Square criterium (Division One-60 km/60 laps, Division Two-20 km/20 laps, Division Three-5km/5 laps)  is set for Wilson Road, Scarborough Sat, October, 6 (8:30am)

Sponsors: Tobago House of Assembly (THA), The Sports and Culture Fund, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), National Gas Company (NGC), Ministry of Tourism, Dasani Water, British Airways, Econo Car Rentals, El Pecos, Agostini Insurance, Crown Point Hotel, Johnston Apartments, B Mobile, Holiday Snacks, Bermudez. 

Clayton Clarke 1-868)-321-6195/266-2869) & Sean Mc Coom (1-868 466-0608)

Media Liaison Officers)-2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic