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Arana Takes Stage 1 in 2016 Valentine Tour

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This morning, at approximately 6am, the Valentine Tour 2016 kicked off with the Stage 1 40 mile that started and finished in front of Leslie’s Imports in Belize City after making a 20 mile loop. Coming in everyone expected a fast race with a bunch finish given the quick turnaround on the short course. Actually, the first two stages are ideal for teams to position their sprinters for stage wins. Today, it was Nissan Arana of Westrac Alliance taking the opening stage with an unofficial time of 1:32:22. Joining him on the podium were fellow speedsters Brandon Cattouse (C-Ray Road Addikzx) and Giovanni Lovell (DigiCell 4G) coming in second and third respectively.

Arana was happy with the stage win especially after expending more energy that he wanted to. He experienced a flat about nine miles in and later indicated that he also had a mechanical issue. With tomorrow serving more of the same, Arana hopes to be up front again, but says his team will wait for the time trial to decide their GC man. His modesty is commendable but Arana is one of the better time trial rider in Belize and which makes him the logical point man for Westrac Alliance.

Byron Pope finished in a tie with Arana for sprint points and as a result gets to wear the green jersey while the leader’s red goes to Arana. The bunch finish today kept all teams leveled in their hopes for the GC. Stage 2 tomorrow features a 50 mile road race with the same start/finish line.

This post will be updated as soon as the official results are released.

Stage 1
General Classification

P NAME (Country) TEAM RESULT
1 ARANA Nissan (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 1:32:19
2 CATTOUSE Brandon (BIZ) C-RAY Road Addikz 0:00:01
3 LOVELL Giovanni (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:02
4 ABRAHAM Delawn (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 0:00:03
5 ROBATEAU Keion (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 0:00:03
6 REQUENA Herman (BIZ) Team SMART 0:00:03
7 POPE Byron (BIZ) Benny's Megabytes Elite 0:00:03
8 CASASOLA Leroy (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:03
9 QUIROZ Oscar Jr (BIZ) Western Spirit Cycling Team 0:00:03
10 MIDDLETON Erwin (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:03
11 JOSEPH Fitzgerald (BIZ) LAMPAZ Cycling Team 0:00:03
12 HENDERSON David (BIZ) Benny's Megabytes Elite 0:00:03
13 MAHEIA Colin (BIZ) Unattached 0:00:03
14 GLADDEN Kenroy (BIZ) Unattached 0:00:03
15 MARIANO Robert (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:03
16 BORLAND Joel Adan (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:03
17 VANEGAS Joel (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:03
18 FIGUEROA Zahir (BIZ) BECOL Uprising Cycling Team 0:00:03
19 MORIERA Henry (BIZ) Team SMART 0:00:03
20 AVILA BALAM Luis Jose (MEX) Team Yapurland 0:00:03
21 TZIB Angel (BIZ) BECOL Uprising Cycling Team 0:00:03
22 VASQUEZ Ron (BIZ) Western Spirit Cycling Team 0:00:03
23 CHOTO Jose (BIZ) C-RAY Road Addikz 0:00:03
24 SANTIAGO Richard (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 0:00:03
25 BUTLER Philton (BIZ) Unattached 0:00:03
26 MORGAN Brandon (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 0:00:03
27 YAPUR Juan Manuel (MEX) Team Yapurland 0:00:03
28 GABOUREL Kent (BIZ) Unattached 0:00:03
29 COLEMAN Elston (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 0:00:03
30 CHOTO Peter (BIZ) C-RAY Road Addikz 0:00:03
31 STEWART Robert Liam (BIZ) Western Spirit Cycling Team 0:00:03
32 HAMILTON Quinton (BIZ) Unattached 0:00:03
33 JONES Shane (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 0:00:03
34 SOLIS Andres Jesus (MEX) Team Yapurland 0:00:03
35 BARROW Darnell (BIZ) Team SMART 0:00:03
36 AGUAYO Raul (MEX) Team Yapurland 0:00:03
37 GUERRA Jesmar (BIZ) Benny's Megabytes Elite 0:00:03
38 WILLACEY ISAIAH (BIZ) Unattached 0:00:03
39 FLOWERS Tarique (BIZ) Benny's Megabytes Elite 0:00:03
40 LESLIE Phillip (BIZ) Benny's Megabytes Elite 0:00:03
41 FLYNN David (USA) Team Starlight 0:00:03
42 HARKEY Chris (USA) Team Starlight 0:00:03
43 STAINE Mark (BIZ) Team SMART 0:00:03
44 CANO Tariq (BIZ) Team SMART 0:00:33
45 SWASEY Kevin (BIZ) C-RAY Road Addikz 0:10:58
46 LOVELL George Sr (BIZ) Unattached 0:11:19
47 McKENZIE Ron (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 0:13:17
48 CHOTO Rafael (BIZ) C-RAY Road Addikz 0:14:34

Sprint Points

P NAME (Country) TEAM PTS
1 POPE Byron (BIZ) Benny's Megabytes Elite 3
2 ARANA Nissan (BIZ) Westrac Alliance 3
3 CATTOUSE Brandon (BIZ) C-RAY Road Addikz 2
4 MIDDLETON Erwin (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 2
5 LOVELL Giovanni (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team 1
6 VASQUEZ Ron (BIZ) Western Spirit Cycling Team 1

About Isaac Rhys

Isaac Rhys is the Managing Editor at cyclebiz.com. Based in the Belize, he started Cyclebiz in 2015 intent on attracting more attention to local bike races and its participants.

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