Manny Prado Takes La Ruta’s First Stage

Source: La Ruta

Manuel Prado, Heinz Soerweg from Austria and Marc Trayter from Spain initiated a rapid ascent toward Costa Rica’s Central Valley during the first stage of La Ruta de los Conquistadores yesterday, breaking apart what had been a five-man lead group. Left behind was retired road racer and three-time Vuelta a España winner Roberto Heras of Spain, who later said he was suffering from a stomach bug.

Prado, who lives in California and races for the Sho-Air team, narrowly won the stage over Soerweg. It was Prado’s first La Ruta stage win and he dedicated the victory to his brother, who passed away three years ago.

Stage winner Manny Prado gets a cold shower while riding a stretch of hot pavement. Photo: J. Andrés Vargas

Stage winner Manny Prado gets a cold shower while riding a stretch of hot pavement. Photo: J. Andrés Vargas

On the day, 225 racers from 17 countries started the stage, which traveled 67 miles through Costa Rica, including the country’s Carara National Park.

Team Monavie-Cannondale’s Jeremiah Bishop returned to La Ruta after suffering a severe crash in 2007 that sent him to the hospital. Despite a mechanical early in the stage, Bishop fought back and delivered a solid performance through the heavy mud in Carara to finish fifth.

Today’s 75-kilometer-long Stage 2 includes a 3,200-foot climb in the first 3 miles that will serve as a warm up for tomorrow’s third stage, which has riders ascend the 11,000-foot Irazú volcano.

For complete results, visit http://www.AdventureRace.com

Men’s Results

1 – Manuel Prado – ShoAir – Costa Rica – 05:43:35

2 – Heinz Zoerweg – KTM – Austria – 05:43:36

3 – Marc Trayter – Spain – 05:50:20

Women’s Results

1 – Adriana Rojas – Costa Rica – 07:17:23

2 – Louis Kobin – USA – 07:27:54

3 – Yesennia Villalta – Costa Rica – 09:11:26

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