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December 25/09 20:30 pm - Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica - Stage 9

Posted by Editoress on 12/25/09

Costa Rican Eduardo Garita won today’s ninth stage of the 45th Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica that was held in the Pacific coastal town of Jacó, in the Province of Puntarenas.

The course consisted of a 10 lap circuit that has been traditionally known as the “Circuito Presidente” and has been part of the Costa Rican tour for 20 years. However, this was the first time the “Circuit President”, so named in honor of the President of the country, has been held outside of the Central Valley.

Garita, of team Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue, completed the 98 kilometre route on a time of 2:15:19, while Paulo Vargas of Plycem-JPS-Orbea finished second, and Guatemalan Carlos Hernández came in third.

The course was indeed suited the peloton’s sprinters, since its flat terrain offered them the opportunity of getting to the finish ahead of the group. Garita pushed harder than the rest in the final metres to see the checkered flag of the first place on this Christmas Day.

According to the winner, it was his team's plan to stay with the main group and to attack at the very end. “We knew this was the best chance we would have to give our team and sponsors another stage victory and so we did”.

Overall leader Colombian Janier Acevedo, of team Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia, crossed the line 53 seconds behind Garita, however, his closest rivals were in the same group, so the South American retained the yellow jersey.

Tomorrow’s 10th stage will take the riders up to the highest point of La Vuelta, the feared “Cerro de la Muerte”, at 3296 meters above sea level. The 127.5 kilometre route will link the Capital city of San José with San Isidro of Pérez Zeledón in the Southeast region.


Stage 9: President of Costa Rica Circuit, 98 Km
1 Eduardo Garita (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 2:15:19
2 Paulo Vargas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea
3 Carlos Hernández (Gua) Selección de Guatemala
4 José Alberto Montero (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS
5 Giel Nijs (Ned) Amsterdam Team
6 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH all s.t.
7 Enrique Artavia (CRc) Citibank-EConomy Rent a Car-Blue 0:12
8 Mariano Herrera (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 0:23
9 Douglas Offer (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 0:53
10 Carlos Pulgarín (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia
11 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH
12 Marco Guillén (CRc) Grupo ICE
13 Federico Ramírez (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS
14 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH
15 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS all s.t.
60 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 0:55
1 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 26:35:36
2 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS at 1:19
3 Julián Rodas (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 1:44
4 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 2:22
5 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 7:17
6 José Adrián Bonilla (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 7:54
7 Jesús Castaño (Col) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 8:29
8 Marconi Durán (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 8:39
9 Marco Salas (CRc) Grupo ICE 9:16
10 Federico Ramírez (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 13:14
11 Pablo Araya (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 13:16
12 César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 13:30
13 Henry Raabe (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 13:43
14 Paulo Vargas (CRc) PlycemJPS-Orbea 13:49
15 Allan Morales (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 18:17
32 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 44:58
48 Cody Canning (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 1:23:56
57 Vincent Veilleuz (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 1:34:31
61 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 1:58:59
Points classification
1 Julián Rodas (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 73 pts
2 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 70
3 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 68
29 Cory Wallace (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 10
Best Climber
1 Janier Acevedo (Col) Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia 24 pts
2 Juan Carlos Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 16
3 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 14
U23 Classification
1 Gregory Brenes (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS 26:36:55
2 Fabricio Quirós (CRc) BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS at 5:58
3 César Rojas (CRc) Plycem-JPS-Orbea 12:11
Sprints Classification
1 Eduardo Garita (CRc) Citibank-Economy Rent a Car-Blue 18 pts
2 Marco Guillén (CRc) Grupo ICE 17
3 Giel Nijs (Ned) Amsterdam Team 11
13 Charles Thibault (Can) Tour D’Quebec-GTH 5
Teams Classification
1 Greatwall-Indeportes Antioquia (Colombia 79:31:26
2 BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS (Costa Rica at 7:35
3 Plycem-JPS-Orbea (Costa Rica 12:58



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