Roniel Campos, from the Atlético Venezuela team, won yesterday in the third stage of the Vuelta a Venezuela, a route that comprised 114,7 kilometers from Naguanagua (Carabobo) to the Castillo de San Vicente.
With a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 51 seconds, Campos reached the Castillo de San Vicente four seconds ahead of the líder of the general classification, the Yaracuyano Orluis Aular, member of the National Selection team.
Yurgen Ramírez (NR Orsorio-Mu Training) was 16 seconds behind Campos in third place.
Henry Meneses (Deportivo Táchira-HS) finished in fourth place and Pedro Sequera, Campos' teammate, completed the quintet.
This stage is considered by tradition as the "queen" of the event, which already has 57 editions.
The sprints were obtained by Xavier Nieves, Wilmer Bravo, Luis Gómez, the líder Aular and Jesús Villegas.
Aular, who won the first two stages and arrived in the second in the third, maintains the leadership and confirms the excellent conditions that he is going through, which he aspires to maintain and do well in the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.
So far and after three stages, Aular has a record of 7:15:58. It is followed by Campos at 18 seconds, Ramírez at 40 and Meneses at 55.
The fifth place is occupied by Jeison Rujano (Venezuela-Country of the Future) and son of the legendary José Rujano, 55 seconds behind.
The fourth stage will start and end today in the city of Chivacoa, Yaracuy state. It will be a 96-kilometer circuit and tomorrow the fifth and last part will be run with the city of Valencia as the protagonist.
In total, the Vuelta a Venezuela, reduced, will be run in three states, namely: Carabobo, Yaracuy and Cojedes.
Against all odds
The start of the National Giro was planned to take place in July, before its first postponement to November 1-8.
But later it was announced from 17 to 22 of the same month, with six stages and finally thanks to the many inconveniences, (the biggest of them the pandemic that disrupted many plans), it was cut to five, to start definitively last Wednesday .
In other times foreign teams came to take part in the test. Nine times a Colombian cyclist has won, one from Portugal and one from Italy.