Vuelta a Colombia 2012: Stage 1

Sprinter Carlos Uran (4-72-Colombia) won the stage into Villavicencio. (photo: Mundo Ciclistico)

Carlos Uran of the 4-27/Colombia team won the sprint of the first stage of the 62nd Vuelta a Colombia, after 192.8kms into he city of Villavicencio. The 32-year-old sprinter edged out his teammate  Juan Pablo Villegas, with William Muñoz (Supergiros-Redetrans) coming in third.

The stage reflects the new face of the Vuelta a Colombia. In order to attract more foreign teams (and the hoping the UCI will also pay attention), the organizers planned a shorter race with more flat stages, 2 time trials, and significantly less climbing.


Felix "El Gato" Cardenas receives the Leader's Jersey
 
In the General Classification, 2011 defending Champion Félix ‘El Gato’ Cárdenas (GW Shimano) takes over the overall lead from Fabio Duarte (Colombia-Coldeportes), thanks to a 3 second bonus at the second intermediate sprint of the day. Cardenas now leads Marlon Pérez (Colombia-Comcel) by 2 seconds and third place Duarte by 3.

Tomorrow's stage is a 164km mostly flat loop starting and finishing in the city of Villavicencio. Another bunch sprint is expected.