|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.