Monavie-Cannondale Attacks, Prado Holds in Costa Rica

Monavie-Cannondale Attacks, Prado Holds in Costa Rica

Source: La Ruta

Team Monavie-Cannondale has suffered its share of hardships already in La Ruta—Jeremiah Bishop and Ben Sonntag have both suffered from mechanicals and Tinker Juarez DNF’d in stage three after getting lost for more than an hour.

But the team rose on the flanks of 11,000-foot-high Irazsú Volcano. Juarez, who is still racing for fun, put in an outstanding climb and was followed closely by Bishop, Costa Rica’s Deiber Esquivel and Marc Trayter.

Race leader Manuel Prado fell back throughout the climb, and later mentioned that this was not his day and thanked the outstanding labor of teammate Benjamin Bostrom to help him make it to the finish line and retain his overall lead.

Manny Prado climbed well enough on the Irazú Volcano to retain his overall lead. Photo: J. Andrés Vargas

Manny Prado climbed well enough on the Irazú Volcano to retain his overall lead. Photo: J. Andrés Vargas

The Irazú and Turrialba Volcanoes, both covered with clouds, greeted racers with a cold and wet passage through the surrounding forests. Abandoned roads of rocky terrain invited racers to fly head-first down the slopes towards the town of Turrialba. It was a cold and extremely technical descent.

Costa Rica’s Adriana Rojas continues to lead the women. Her solid display of technical skills and strength in the past three stages could very well earn her first place after tomorrow’s final stage.

Deiber Esquivel of Costa Rica on his way to a stage win. Photo: J. Andrés Vargas

Deiber Esquivel of Costa Rica on his way to a stage win. Photo: J. Andrés Vargas

It won’t be an easy win though. Stage 4 is composed of 75 miles of dirt roads, demanding climbs and a stretch across railroad tracks that seems to last forever. The route leads racers to the Caribbean coast, north of the port of Moín, Limón, where competitors will ride a final 12 kilometers of marshy, abandoned roads parallel to the coast.

Men’s Stage 3 Results:

1. Deiber Esquivel – 03:53:01

2. Benjamin Sonntag – 04:01:33

3. Alex Grant – 04:01:34

Women’s Stage 3 Results:

1. Louise Kobin – 04:58:30

2. Adriana Rojas – 05:01:50

3. Emma Smith – 06:11:12

For complete results, visit adventurerace.com

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