Top 3 Division 2 Stage 2

Top 3 Division 1 Stage 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pachon upstage Abraham in stage Two.

By Clayton Clarke/Sean Mc Coon

CROWN POINT, Tobago: (Thu, Oct, 4), Oscar Pachon (Colombia/Raiders) ran away with the Stage Two of the Division One race at the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) which started and ended at Old Grange Beach in Mt. Irvine earlier today. The 2014 champion left his rivals well beaten as crossed the final line in the 90km/5 lap race in two hours minutes seconds (2:33:19.48), close to two minutes  ahead of the closely bunched chasing pelaton.  As impressive the 30 year old rode he nonetheless broke the hearts of Tobago fans as home town boy Emile Abraham was beaten by Pachon into second place (2:35:12.51). Abraham was involved in blanket finish with five other riders. The photo finish equipment ruled that Martiniquan Edwin Nubul (Sentry/Boatyard), 2:35:12.57 took third spot ahead of  German Kevin Vogel (Embrace The World),  2:35:12.59, Vicent Sanabrias Martinez (Cuba/Dutch Food Valley), 2:35:12.65 and Robert Sierra (Venezulea/Heatwave), 2:35:12.65.  Abraham did not confirm his participation in the race until moments before the start but the 44 year old made his claim for glory in the penultimate lap but Pachon remained too far ahead  and won the stage.  Abraham, a Scarborough/Signal Hill Secondary graduate, showed he still has the power in the legs that propelled him to the 2007 Pan American Games silver medal. The Colombian riders led in the early laps as Ulloa Rodriguez Wilmer (Colombia/Raiders) took lap one ahead of the Heatwave duo of Barbadian Jamol Eastmond and T&T’s CAC Games bronze medalliss Akil Campbell. Jorge Navarete (Colombia/Recapi)  was first to finish the second loop ahead of the Venezuelan pair of Clever Martinez (Raiders) and Bernardo Diaz (Support Clean Sport).  Martinique’s Edwin Nubul (Sentry/Boatyward) broke away to take lap three of Navarete and stage one leader Carlos Linares (Venezuela/Raiders). However, American Cyrus Pearo (Dutch Food Valley) sneeked ahead of the pack at the end of the fourth circuit in front of Abraham and Cuban Vicente Sanabrias Martinez (Dutch Food Valley). Linares had fallen off the pace, dropping down to 11th with one lap to go. Pachon used his experience of competing at TICC for the third time to draw away from the field to secure the stage.

Pachon’s stage two victory pushed him in the overall lead with 44 points and will wear the yellow jersey in Stage Three, the Plymouth Village Criterium on Friday from 1:30pm. Stage One leader Carlos Linares (Venezuela/Raiders) slipped to second after he was seventh in stage two with 40 points the same as Abraham who is in third.

Abraham outkicked his younger rivals to lead the sprint king ranking ahead of Martinez and Navarete. He was the top Masters (Over 40) rider for the second straight stage and also the top Caribbean and T&T rider. Sierra landed the top U23 rider prize.  Raiders continue to lead the Team standings ahead of Sentry/Boatyard and Team Pharmaco.  The Plymouth Criterium will see Division One riders vying for glory over 65 laps/65km and Division One competitors 20 laps/26km. The Division Three riders w thill make their entry in the Classic over 5 laps/7km.

Earlier on Friday morning from 7:30, the organisers have added the Gran Fondo event where competitors ride for fun around Tobago.

The annual Tobago International Cycling Classic is now in 33st 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  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). The 2018 TICC will culminate with Tour of Tobago 130km race around Tobago on Sunday from 7:30pm.

Over 100 riders from Germany, USA, Great Britain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Anguilla, Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and St. Lucia battle against the best riders from Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

Quotes

OSCAR PACHON (speaking through a translator)…..”it was a very hard race today with the climb and the heat which played a lot in the race but I was happy I was able to win the second stage.  I went from the last hill where I (felt) I could make the most difference. When I went over the top I put down my head and went all the way to the finish line. (The experience of racing here twice before) helped a lot. I have been here before. (Looking ahead to the Plymouth Criterium), It is a very hard race but I have a great team which is experience in criteriums. I want to stay close to the front.

EMILE ABRAHAM…. “I am just running with it and  I am just enjoying it. I am still not putting any pressure on myself.  After this I am going to the Masters World Championships and that is what I am preparing for and hopefully I  can carry these legs to the Worlds. Plymouth is a good course for me. I was third last year and I have better legs this year and hopefully the team could work well and I can get another good result and just keep moving up. As long as I keep placing and I can be up there on the podium.”

JEFF CHARLES…”Today’s race is the first attempt for the cyclists to deal with Tobago’s hills.  It is a very challenging race and you will see the mountain climbers who I think will come out in front. I am expecting lots of strategies with the teams vying for the King of the Mountain points, the sprint points and also for the win. All the teams will the man they want to win and everything will work around that person in each time. We will see strategy after the second or third lap.”

Stage Three in Plymouth where we go to the crits, the criteriuims, flat and fast races. Very exciting and one of our feature events. There are lots of spectators. Stage Four –Market Square, 1km crits. Cycling pass like ever and half minute. Those two races are geared for the sprinters.

In the Division Two 75km/3 lap race, Andres Diaz (Venezuela/Raiders) was first to cross the tape clocking 1:42:46.29, ahead of local riders Maurice Burnette (Pheonix), 1:46:48.41 and Nathan Alexander (Team Woods) 1:42:52.14.  Stage One winner Andre Greene (Guyana/Rigtech Sonics) started brightly leading lap one ahead of Diaz and Dominic Howard (Barbados/Heatwave) before Burnette moved ahead at the completion of lap two with Greene and T&T’s Christopher Govia (Breakaway) following behind. Diaz changed from his front riding approach for Stage Two and held back until the final lap to make his drive for victory and his wait paid off.  Greene fell back to seventh at the finish after experiencing mechanical problems.

Quotes

ANDRES DIAZ…..”Today was hard race for me. I am not good at the climbs. I came down with the boys. I praise God I won the stage.  (My second place yesterday) was motivation to me. I come in with my mind saying I really want to stay. I give all the glory to God. For tomorrow I want to keep the jersey. I am getting better but I never raced crits in Venezuela so it is new race for me.

Stage 2 – Results

Top Three – Division 2 Stage 1

Andre Greene (Guyana/Rigtech Sonics), centre, celebrates after winning the Division One 60 km/5 lap race on the opening stage of the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) on Wednesday, October, 3. Andres Diaz (Venezuela/Raiders), right, was second ahead of TTO’s Maurice Burnette (Pheonix). (Photo courtesy TICC)

Top Three – Division 1 Stage 1

Carlos Linares of Venezuela/Raiders (second from right) won the Division One 120km/10 lap race on the opening stage of the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) on Wednesday, October, 3. Mikael Stanislas (Martinique, France/(Team Sentry/Boatyard), second from left, finished in second with Maximo Rojas (Venezuela/Raiders), left, and Oscar Pachon (Colombia/Raiders), right, following behind. (Photo courtesy TICC).

Start of Stage One

Cyclists start Stage one of the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) on Wednesday, October, 3.  (Photo courtesy TICC). 

Stanislas-Sprint King

Mikael Stanislas of Martinique, France (Team Sentry/Boatyard), right,  won the Sprint prize of the Division One 120 km/10 lap race on the opening stage of the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) on Wednesday, October, 3. Stanislas collects his prize from TICC chairman Jeff Charles.  (Photo courtesy TICC). 

Linares takes opening stage of Tobago Cycle Classic

By Clayton Clarke/Sean Mc Coom

CROWN POINT, Tobago(Wed, Oct, 3)  Venezuelan Carlos Linares took the first honours on the opening stage of the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) which got underway at Shirvan Road earlier today (Wed, Oct, 3). The Raiders team rider won the Division One 120km/10 lap event ahead of France’s Mikael Stanislas of Martinique (Sentry/Boatyard) and another Venezuelan/Raiders cyclist Maximo Rojas. The 27 year old Basquisimeto resident made his move on the last and final lap sprinting away from the patch along the Shirvan Road to ease over the finish line in 2 hrs 21 min 17.48 sec (2:21:17.48) . Stanislas was well back in 2:21:29.95 but also comfortably ahead of Rojas (2:21:37.19). The Latin American entrants had a big influence on the race with Albert Ramos (Team Pharmarco) of the Dominican Republic winning the first sprint lap at the end of lap one ahead of Bernado Diaz (Venezuela/Support Clean Sport) and local rider Akil Campbell (TTO/Heatwave) . Colombia’s Ulloa Rodriguez (Raiders) took the third lap while Vicente Sanabria Martinez (Cuba/Dutch Food Valley) ran away with fifth and sixth circuits. However Barbadian rider Edwin Sutherland interrupted the latino dominance by leading way at the completion of the second and fourth loops. Stanislas made with bid for glory with a breakaway move in taking the sprint lap with three rounds of rides left. He continued to lead until the final lap with when Linares sprinted past the Martiniquian after the incline by the new Old Grange Police station to take the first leg of the Four Stage series.

Stanislas won the Sprint king title ahead of Martinez and Ramos while Venezualan Robert Sierra of Heatwave took home the top Under 23 rider title.

Race icon Emile Abraham was the top local finisher finishing in fifth (2:21:52.27). The Tobago born rider started slowly but moved up during the race to shine for the Red, White and Black in front of this home fans. The 44 year old is showing no signs of slowing down. Abraham is riding for Team Pharmaco.

Abraham was named to top Masters (Over 40) cyclists while Stephen Alexander was the top local based based rider.

QUOTES……..

CARLOS LINARES, speaking with a translator………The win is one  of joy. I was not feeling too good before the race. I didn’t think I was able to finish but he found strength. I made my move at the 3km to go with a breakaway. The race when according to plan. The initial plan if is there was a sprint finish they (my team-mates) will work with the sprinters. There were a breakaways and we were all attentive.”

Going into the second stage…”the plan is to stay in the front and pay attention to the guys who have front and just keep the (yellow jersey).”

EMILE ABRAHAM…”Today is the first time in history of the Tobago Classic that the (leading) group finished in pieces. The race was really hot and made for a hard race. The first five guys finished solo and not in a bunch. We had four guys from Team Pharmaco that made the initial breakaway but that group became smaller and smaller. I broke away again and missed the group. It was a good race. I am happy with how it went. I think my form is good. It would have been nice to have more guys from my team up there but I think we rode a strong race. (Team) Raiders put on a good race and will be the team to beat.

The last week I was not really riding a lot. I am getting old and I didn’t want to come into the race tired. I made me feel not so peppy. In the beginning I was trying to get my legs going but as the race I was feeling a lot stronger. I have to ride a lot smarter as every year goes by.

I came into the race in probably the best form I have had in the last few years. I had done a lot good races in the US and I have been making a lot of podiums this year and have had a really good season. I am also training for the World Masters Championships in Los Angeles, the weekend after I leave here. I didn’t want to do much because I don’t want to go into the World Champs tired. (Stage Two) is a hard stage race and I am contemplating whether to  start stage Two or taking easy and come out for the criterium.”

In the Division Two 60km/5 laps event Andre Greene (Guyana/Rigtech Sonics) outsprinted Andres Diaz (Venzuela/Raiders) for the win. The two broke away from the pelaton from the start of the race staying just behind Bram Sanderson of Dominica who was ahead after the first lap. However, Sanderson was forced to drop out after a flat tire leaving Greene and Diaz to dominate the race. Diaz seemed on course for the win after he led at the end of the second, third and fourth circuits but Greene showed his strength to take the victory.  TTO’s Maurice Burnette of led Phoeonix the chasing pack home to take third ahead of compatriots Zion Pulido and Christopher Govia of Breakaway.

Burnette was also the top Junior and Alexis Costa was the top female. Joshua Rawlins was top Juvenile finisher. Raiders lead the team standing.

Stage two is set to begin at Old Grange Bay in Mt. Irvina from 8:00am. The Division One riders will do battle in the 80km/4 lap race while the Division Two field will contest a 57km/5 lap ride. Later on on Thursday is the much-looked forward to Classic Rum Punch Beach Picnic at Pigeon Point for 1:30pm where the riders have a chance to enjoy the local culture. Steelband music and local calypsonians will be on hand to encourage the visiting riders and officials to relax and party. The highly anticipated ‘wining’ contest and conga line are on the schedule. Local dishes such as ‘doubles’, corn soup and bake and shark will also be served.

The annual Tobago International Cycling Classic is now in 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.

QUOTES….

ANDRE GREENE….”I feel the hard work has paid off. (I made my move) on the first lap. I know I am not a a sprinter so I just keep everybody in touch and battle them on the finish. This is my second time competing in the TICC. That experience is helping me. (The flat) is one of my favourite stage.  (Diaz and I) we were working together.

ANDRES DIAZ….”We were working together. We were talking on the breakaway. I am not a sprinter that is why he passed me on the line.

MAURICE BURNETTE…..”I didn’t know there were two guys ahead of me. I was not pacing hard. I want to shout out my coach Elijah Greene and Miss Calendar, the two persons who helped me. I also want to shout out my mom and my dad. (On finishing as the top local”)..”That feels real good.  I only recently started riding.

 

Stage 1 – Results