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February 26/14 22:37 pm - Vuelta Independencia Nacional: Stage 7 results, Bell 2nd on stage

Posted by Editoress on 02/26/14

Zach Bell was pipped at the line to come in second in stage seven for Team SmartStop's fourth podium at the Vuelta Independencia Nacional.

With a change in the race profile going into stage seven, Team SmartStop were unsure exactly what to expect heading into the penultimate stage, except for the fact that it would be flat but rolling, and the biggest goal for the stage was to protect Rob Britton's position on the general classification (GC).

"Stage seven was modified, then modified again as the original route was determined to be unfit. And the secondary plan was excessive in length," explained Zach, "The race organization finally settled on a circuit of two laps that would then race into Santo Domingo and finish up at 130 kilometres."

The wind picked up quickly during the stage and it was another aggressive day of racing with attacks being made on the peloton, Zach Bell made his way into a nine-man breakaway. Team SmartStop knew that the best way to protect Rob's GC position and to go for stage wins was to be active throughout the stage.

"Several dangerous moves formed over the first 40 kilometres of the race all with representation," said Zach. "In the end, a group of 10 formed that was well balanced and included myself."



Bell (centre) in the break


The Canadian National Road Champion was racing well and as the stage went on and reached the streets of Santo Domingo riders started attacking the break, all week Team SmartStop riders have proved themselves in the breakaways and this time round Zach said he was definitely "public enemy number one" in this lead group.

"The attacks started to fly as the more local riders tried to get rid of the threatening riders," said Zach, "in the closing kilometers I worked hard to cover the moves and kept it together for the sprint."

"When the sprint started up a rider from Kazakhstan and the champion of the Dominican Republic got a quick gap, so I opened up my sprint and got back the gap but just ran out of time to pull back both riders and had to settle for second."

The first three riders all finished within a bike length of each other.



Stage 7 podium


"Zach got jumped from behind and had he had another 10 metres he would have had him," said Director Michael Creed, "But that's why we have a finish line. Zach was coming so quick, at the 150 metre mark he was three bike lengths behind the first two guys, we weren't sure if he was going to catch them but he has a good sprint on him."

Zach said this stage is just another sign that the team is coming into form, with everyone on the team showing the off-season work has paid dividends.

There is one final stage to go, a short circuit race in Santo Domingo.

Team SmartStop press release


Results from the eighth stage of the Vuelta Independencia Nacional in the Dominican Republic.

Stage 7: San Cristobal to Santo Domingo, 120 km
1 Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 2:52:13
2 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop
3 Diego Milan (Dom) Defferdange Inteja
4 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Incycle Predator
5 Ismael Sanchez (Dom) La Vega Cne
6 Alvaro Torres (Ven) Tachira Concafe
7 Yordalis Hernandez (Dom) Asocipe Moca
8 Geovanny Garcia (Dom) Finauto all s.t.
9 Augusto Sanchez (Dom) Defferdange Inteja 0:11
10 Xavier Nieves (Ven) Tachira Concafe
11 Joaquin Sobrino (Esp) Defferdange Inteja
12 Wilson Marentes (Col) Formesan
13 William Guzman (Dom) Asocipe Moca
14 Gedimias Kaupas (Lit) Defferdange Inteja
15 Juan Cueto (Dom) Dionisio S. Cristoba
16 Vytautas Kaupas (Lit) Defferdange Inteja
17 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop
18 Enmanuel Fernandez (Dom) Arco Iris
19 Enmanuel Nuñez (Dom) Cocuyos 2 Go
20 Boris Carene (Fra) Velo Vetiver
21 Anthony Rodriguez (Dom) Asocipe Moca
22 Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
23 Ramon Checo (Dom) Cocuyos2 Go
24 Rigoberto Rodriguez (Dom) Asocipe Moca
25 Didier Satoque (Col) Formesan
26 Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
27 Travis Mccabe (USA) Team SmartStop
28 Galym Akhmetov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
29 Carlos Quishpe (Ecu) Team Ecuador
30 Sebastian Novoa (Ecu) Team Ecuador
31 Deivy Capellan (Dom) S. Pedro De Macoris
32 Pedro Torres (Col) La Vega Cne
33 Juan De Jesus (Dom) Arco Iris
34 Ismael Collado (Dom) Edenorte
35 Juan Polanco (Dom) La Vega Cne
36 Jorge Martinez (Dom) La Vega Cne
37 Calixto Bello (USA) Incycle Predator
38 Elvis Reyes (Dom) Asocipe Moca
39 Daniel Junon (Fra) Velo Vetiver
40 Kerane Barolin (Fra) Velo Vetiver
41 Braulio Garcia (Dom) Edenorte
42 Josiel Rodriguez (Dom) Santiago Asocisa
43 Michael Olheiser (USA) Incycle Predator
44 Jorge Abreu (Ven) Tachira Concafe
45 Greymer Arias (Dom) S. F. Macoris
46 Teemothy Naser (Isr) Galilee Cycles
47 Jaime Roson (Esp) Team Ecuador
48 Daniel Abreu (Ven) Tachira Concafe
49 Robert Javier (Dom) Cocuyos 2 Go
50 Jhorman Flores (Ven) Tachira Concafe
51 Rafael Meran (Dom) Finauto
52 Franklin Bencosme (Dom) S. F. Macoris
53 Elvis Rodriguez (Dom) La Vega Cne
54 Erberto Peña (Dom) Finauto
55 Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team SmartStop
56 Cristian Torres (Col) Aro Y Pedal
57 Pedro Herrera (Col) Formesan
58 Maikol Evangelista (Dom) Dionisio S. Cristoba
59 Rodry Minier (Dom) Fenix Universal
60 Coulton Hartrich (USA) Finauto
61 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop
62 Josue Vasquez (Pur) Team Puerto Rico
63 Janis Dakteris (Lat) Defferdange Inteja
64 Carlos Galviz (Ven) Tachira Concafe
65 Edwin Sanchez (Col) Formesan
66 Andres Diaz (Col) Incycle Predator
67 Addelyn Cruz (Dom) Finauto
68 Efren Ortega (Pur) Incycle Predator
69 Agustin Font (Pur) Incycle Predator
70 John Llorens (Pur) Team Puerto Rico
71 Ardrainzhan Ishanov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
72 Barhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
73 Antonio Cabello (Esp) Team Ecuador
74 Felix Cardenas (Col) Formesan
75 Jorge Perez (Dom) Edenorte
76 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop
77 Adrian Nuñez (Dom) Edenorte
78 Andres Mendoza (Dom) Finauto
79 Regev Peretz (Isr) Galilee Cycles all s.t.
80 Julian Rodas (Col) Formesan 0:24
81 Alejandro Guzman (Dom) S. F. Macoris 0:26
1 Edwin Sanchez (Col) Formesan 20:19:34
2 Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop 1:54
3 Pedro Torres (Col) La Vega Cne 2:17
4 Carlos Galviz (Ven) Tachira Concafe 5:10
5 Wilson Marentes (Col) Formesan 6:13
6 Andres Diaz (Col) Incycle Predator 6:28
7 Felix Cardenas (Col) Formesan 7:09
8 Pedro Herrera (Col) Formesan 8:17
9 Addelyn Cruz (Dom) Finauto 9:01
10 Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 13:13
11 Ismael Sanchez (Dom) La Vega Cne 13:17
12 Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan 13:18
13 Jaime Roson (Esp) Team Ecuador 13:44
14 Boris Carene (Fra) Velo Vetiver 13:58
15 Michael Olheiser (USA) Incycle Predator 14:01
16 Jhorman Flores (Ven) Tachira Concafe 14:04
17 Barhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan 14:26
18 Flavio De Luna (Mex) Team SmartStop 14:27
19 Galym Akhmetov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 17:23
20 Diego Milan (Dom) Defferdange Inteja 17:35
21 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Incycle Predator 19:00
22 Augusto Sanchez (Dom) Defferdange Inteja 19:27
23 Coulton Hartrich (USA) Finauto 19:28
24 Didier Satoque (Col) Formesan 19:29
25 Elvis Rodriguez (Dom) La Vega Cne 19:36
26 Nurbolat Kulimbetov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 20:05
27 William Guzman (Dom) Asocipe Moca 20:14
28 Alvaro Torres (Ven) Tachira Concafe 20:22
29 Eric Marcotte (USA) Team SmartStop 20:24
30 Julian Rodas (Col) Formesan 20:28
31 Daniel Abreu (Ven) Tachira Concafe 20:52
32 Ardrainzhan Ishanov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 21:38
33 Sebastian Novoa (Ecu) Team Ecuador 23:35
34 Rafael Meran (Dom) Finauto 24:41
35 Janis Dakteris (Lat) Defferdange Inteja 25:38
36 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop 26:00
37 Jorge Abreu (Ven) Tachira Concafe 26:38
38 Calixto Bello (USA) Incycle Predator 27:26
39 Zach Bell (Can) Team SmartStop 28:06
40 Antonio Cabello (Esp) Team Ecuador 28:48
41 Efren Ortega (Pur) Incycle Predator 29:02
42 John Llorens (Pur) Team Puerto Rico 29:23
43 Joaquin Sobrino (Esp) Defferdange Inteja 29:41
44 Josiel Rodriguez (Dom) Santiago Asocisa 30:01
45 Braulio Garcia (Dom) Edenorte 30:15
46 Gedimias Kaupas (Lit) Defferdange Inteja 32:10
47 Travis Mccabe (USA) Team SmartStop 32:29
48 Juan Cueto (Dom) Dionisio S. Cristoba 34:14
49 Carlos Quishpe (Ecu) Team Ecuador 34:22
50 Erberto Peña (Dom) Finauto 36:29
51 Juan De Jesus (Dom) Arco Iris 36:51
52 Cristian Torres (Col) Aro Y Pedal 39:03
53 Ismael Collado (Dom) Edenorte 39:17
54 Vytautas Kaupas (Lit) Defferdange Inteja 40:01
55 Juan Polanco (Dom) La Vega Cne 41:43
56 Anthony Rodriguez (Dom) Asocipe Moca 44:33
57 Andres Mendoza (Dom) Finauto 47:12
58 Agustin Font (Pur) Incycle Predator 48:41
59 Greymer Arias (Dom) S. F. Macoris 48:43
60 Xavier Nieves (Ven) Tachira Concafe 49:40
61 Enmanuel Nuñez (Dom) Cocuyos 2 Go 49:47
62 Kerane Barolin (Fra) Velo Vetiver 51:26
63 Enmanuel Fernandez (Dom) Arco Iris 51:32
64 Jorge Martinez (Dom) La Vega Cne 51:34
65 Yordalis Hernandez (Dom) Asocipe Moca 53:14
66 Robert Javier (Dom) Cocuyos 2 Go 54:00
67 Ramon Checo (Dom) Cocuyos2 Go 54:26
68 Elvis Reyes (Dom) Asocipe Moca 55:20
69 Daniel Junon (Fra) Velo Vetiver 56:05
70 Maikol Evangelista (Dom) Dionisio S. Cristoba 1:01:57
71 Adrian Nuñez (Dom) Edenorte 1:02:59
72 Regev Peretz (Isr) Galilee Cycles 1:03:58
73 Josue Vasquez (Pur) Team Puerto Rico 1:08:28
74 Geovanny Garcia (Dom) Finauto 1:08:30
75 Franklin Bencosme (Dom) S. F. Macoris 1:09:10
76 Rigoberto Rodriguez (Dom) Asocipe Moca 1:15:28
77 Jorge Perez (Dom) Edenorte 1:18:24
78 Rodry Minier (Dom) Fenix Universal 1:19:55
79 Teemothy Naser (Isr) Galilee Cycles 1:20:00
80 Deivy Capellan (Dom) S. Pedro De Macoris 1:28:03
81 Alejandro Guzman (Dom) S. F. Macoris 1:29:41

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