Rodman takes Tobago Cycle Stage title.

Division One stage champion Marlo Rodman (Jamaican/PSL) on his way to victory in Stage 3 at Plymouth on Friday, October 2

Division One stage champion Marlo Rodman (Jamaican/PSL) on his way to victory in Stage 3 at Plymouth on Friday, October 2

Jamaican Marlo Rodman (PSL) claimed his first Tobago International Cycle Class Stage title after the fourth and final stage at Wilson Road, Scarborough earlier today (Saturday, October 3).  Rodman entered the final stage at the leader knowing that a top three finish the 60 lap criterium around the Scarborough Market block was enough to secure him the trophy. The 27 year old crossed the line in third behind Stage One winner Norlandy Sanchez (Dominican Republic/Team Foundation) and 2012 Classic winner Darren Matthews (Barbados/Team Coco). Rodman, a resident of Spanish Town, sat in the main bunch of the race as no one cyclist dominated the race with the lead changing hands numerous times. His PSL team-captain Nick Stoppler took the lead with two laps remaining and was ahead at the penultimate loop before Sanchez came through to win in a close finish ahead of Matthews and Rodman. After the victory, there was an anxious wait as the judges calculated the overall standings. Initially, Sanchez was announced as winner but made the correction moments earlier.  A relieved Rodman said he was happy with the victory. “This win in a big one. I won several races before, some in the USA but this one is special  thing because when I was away (competing overseas) I did not ride for team.”  He praised his team-mates. “Coming here and riding here for Team PSL it is motivating so it gives me more energy and courage to ride.  Many guys were depending on me so I had to do what i had to do. I want to thank my team-mates. They did a good job. Without them I would have been in this yellow jersey today.”

The 2014 Jamaican Commonwealth Games representative rode more conservatively, in contrast to his dominating ride in Stage Three in Plymouth on Friday where he led from the start and powered his way to triumphing in Plymouth. “Today I didn’t need to be aggressive. I just needed to stay close to the guys. My team-mates scarified a lot and I just want to give 100 percent.”   For his efforts Rodman collected $10,000.

Dennis Rodman lead the field in Stage Three of the Tobago International Cycle Classic event in Plymouth on Friday, October 2.

Dennis Rodman lead the field in Stage Three of the Tobago International Cycle Classic event in Plymouth on Friday, October 2.

Rodman opted out of the Keirin finals earlier on Saturday morning saying he wanted to focus on the 50 laps race, which he explained was a more important race to him.

Tyler Cole T(T/Team Foundation) secured the overall crown in Division Two with his third place finish in the 20 lap race, following Dutch rider Jasper Kiburg (Team Foundation) and Nicholas Paul (TT/Breakaway) who were first and second. .The 15  year old Presentation College-Chaguanas student  came to Scarborough as the Stage Leader following his  victory at  Stage Two on Wednesday and was his runner-up placing in Stage Three on Friday.  Cole will walk away with the overall prize of $2000.  Speaking after his performance Cole said he eager to compete at  the Tobago Classic.”I was looking forward to coming to this event in Tobago and to do my best. I knew I had the capability to do well and possible come first in Division Two. I came and try and execute as good as well as I could in Division Two.” He added that the win was more significant as he did not have team-mates to help him in the race. “Going into (today’s race) most of my main competition had teams working with them. I didn’t really have much a team to work with so my strategy was go out and ride as smart as possible and as efficiently as I could got enough points in the last sprint so that I could hold the overall lead.” He is hoping become a professional cyclist.  Cole was inspired to compete in the sport by  his father (Ian) and grand-father (Emit) who were both cyclists.

In the Division Three Five lap  race Enrique Pablo (TT/Knight)  raced unbeaten adding  success Scarborough to his victory in Plymouth the previous day.

Officials final placings and times will be released late on Saturday by officials of Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation.

The 2015 Tobago International Cycle Classic will culminate on Sunday with the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago which will peddle of 7:30am at the Scarborough Esplanade. The riders will ride down to Shirvan Road via the Claude Noel Highway and  the across to Plymouth  up to Charlotteville via L’Anse Fourmi. They will then travel back down to Hope where they will turn right into Belmont then unto Mason Hall and turn right and back to Scarborough via the Northside Road and cross the finish line at Esplanade. In 2014   Oscar Mauricio Pachon Melo (Colombia/Team Coco) finished ahead of Adderlyn Felix Cruz Colon (Dominican Republic/Team Foundation). Colon will be looking to improve to to the top spot. However, 2013 champion Darren Matthews and members of the Venezuelan teams are also among the contenders.