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3rd Vuelta a Chihuahua Internacional - 2.2

Mexico, October 6-12, 2008

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The Stages

  • Stage 1 - October 6: Chihuahua - Camargo, 147.8km
  • Stage 2 - October 7: Parral - Guachochi, 188.7km
  • Stage 3 - October 8: Guachochi - Creel, 155.9km
  • Stage 4 - October 9: Pitorreal - Divisadero(ITT), 18.9km
  • Stage 5 - October 10: Creel - Cuauhtemoc, 152.8km
  • Stage 6 - October 11: Cuauthemoc - Chihuahua, 127.4km
  • Stage 7 - October 12: Chihuahua Circuit race, 84km

Mexican mountains to scare flatlanders

By Monika Prell

The third edition of the Vuelta a Chihuahua will once again serve as one of the last races of the season in the UCI calendar. The peloton will travel 875 kilometres and visit 17 of the municipalities of the state of Chihuahua. Seven European and one Japanese team will take the long journey on to compete with seven Mexican, one Canadian and one US American team.

The race has some significant changes compared to the previous editions. For the first time, there will be an individual time trial, and no rest day.

The team presentation will take place in the "Teatro de los Heroes" in Chihuahua on on Sunday, October 5. The peloton will then affront the first stage from Chihuahua to Camargo, over 147.8 kilometers, on Monday, October 6th. One mountain classification of the fourth category and three intermediate sprints will mark this stage that is expected to finish in a mass sprint.

After a transfer from Camargo to Parral, the second stage will scare the riders for its length (188 kilometers) and with five mountains classifications (three of the second, one of the third and one of the first category).

From Guachochi, the finish town of the second stage, the peloton will start the third stage, over 155.9 kilometers. This stage will decide the mountain classification, as seven mountains, one of the fourth, three of the third, two of the second and one of the first category, will wait for the riders. The last one will form the last ascent to the mountain top finish in Creel.

Stage 4 will present a hilly individual time trial from Pitoreal to the nature park of El Divisadero. The route presents a great nature spectacle, with canyons over a surface area of 600 kilometres in length and 250 kilometres wide. After the 18.9 kilometers of the race, the riders will surely enjoy the view, provided they had a good race, too.

The fifth stage will guide the riders out of the Sierra de Tarahumara. Only two mountains of the fourth category and one of the third one will have to be conquered during the 155.9 kilometers, before the caravan will reach the region of the Mennonites, finishing the stage in the town of Cuauthémoc.

Stage six that will start from the same town, will reach again the capital of the state. After 126.3 kilometers, the spectators will surely enjoy a mass sprint in Chihuahua, as the only difficulty of the stage will be a mountain of the fourth category. In Chihuahua, the race will finish on Sunday, October 12, with a urban circuit of 14 laps to 6 kilometers. A great possibility for the public to see the peloton passing various times.

The great favourites of the race will be the European riders, like last year's winner Francisco Mancebo (Fercase – Rota dos Moveis), José Ángel Gómez Marchante (Scott – American Beef), the fourth of this year's Vuelta a España, Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo – Galicia). But surely the Mexican riders will give their very best to impress the public and the foreign teams.

Start list

Fercase - Rota dos Móveis                 Scott - American Beef
1 Francisco Mancebo (Spa)                 11 Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Spa)
2 Eladio Jimenez (Spa)                    12 Intxausti. Benat (Spa)
3 Andre Cardoso (Por)                     13 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa)
4 Joaquim Andrade (Por)                   14 Angel Gomez M J. (Spa)
5 Virgilio Dos Santos (Por)               15 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa)
6 Micael Isidoro (Por)                    16 Alberto Fernandez (Spa)
7 David Vaz (Por)                         17 Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa)
Benfica                                   NGC Medical - OTC Industria Porte
21 Daniel Petrov (Bul)                    31 Silvère Ackermann (Swi)
22 Javier Benitez Pomares (Spa)           32 Laurent Beuret (Swi)
23 José Mendes (Por)                      33 Marco Cattaneo (Ita)
24 Edgar Pinto (Por)                      34 Diego Nosotti (Ita)
25 Mikel Pradera (Spa)                    35 Derik Zampedri (Ita)
26 Hugo Sancho (Por)                      36 Gorka Izaguirre (Spa)
27 Mario Costa (Por)
Elk Haus - Simplon                        Meitan Hompo - GDR
41 Steffen Radochla (Ger)                 51 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn)
42 Björn Thurau (Ger)                     52 Ryohey Komory (Jpn)
43 Wolfgang Murer (Aut)                   53 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn)
44 Robert Lauscha (Aut)                   54 Masaaki Kikuchi (Jpn)
45 Harald Totschnig (Aut)                 55 Kazuya Okazaki (Jpn)
46 Clemens Frankhauser (Aut)
47 Stefan Rucker (Aut)
Team R.A.C.E. Pro                         Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
61 Ryan Roth (Can)                        71 Thomas Peterson (USA)
62 Francois Parisien (Can)                72 Jason Donald (USA)
63 Mark Walters (Can)                     73 Christophe Laurent (Fra)
64 Dustin Macburnies (Can)                74 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA)
65 Buck Miller (Can)                      75 Caleb Fairley (USA)
66 Joel Dion Potras (Can)
67 Keir Plaice (Can)
Xacobeo Galicia                           Contentpolis - Murcia
81 Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa)         91 Manuel Calvente (Spa)
82 Alberto Fernandez (Spa)                92 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Spa)
83 Juan Francisco Mourón Doldán (Spa)     93 Javier Etxarri Marin (Spa)
84 David Abal Diego (Spa)                 94 Alberto Rodriguez Oliver (Spa)
85 Delio Fernández Cruz (Spa)             95 Sergio Dominguez (Spa)
86 David Herrero Llorente (Spa)           96 Javier Chacon Quesada (Spa)
87 Carlos Panadero Castano (Spa)
 Code Jalisco                             Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
101 Raul Vazquez (Mex)                    111 Gregorio Ladino (Col)
102 Ismael Ponce (Mex)                    112 Francisco Matamoros (Mex)
103 Uriel Rayo (Mex)                      113 Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex)
104 Gerardo Soto (Mex)                    114 Luis Fernando Macias Hernandez (Mex)
105 Gilberto Gutierrez (Mex)              115 Juan P. Magallanes (Mex)
106 Juam M. Sansoval (Mex)                116 Florencio Ramos (Mex)
                                          117 Arquimedes Lam (Mex)
                                          118 Carlos Oyatzun (Mex)
Orven Nuevio Leon                         Canel's Turbo Mayordomo
121 Cesar Vaquera (Mex)                   131 Uriel Clara (Mex)
122 Marco A. Rios (Mex)                   132 Byron Guama (Ecu)
123 Jesus Zarate (Mex)                    133 Antonio Aldape (Mex)
124 Domingo Gonzalez (Mex)                134 David Salomon (Mex)
125 Eduardo Greciano (Mex)                135 Hernandez Manuel (Mex)
126 Rodolfo Fernandez (Mex)               136 Jose Carlos Valdez (Mex)
127 Oscar Barron (Mex)                    137 Abundio Guerrero (Mex)
128 Edgar Trevi?O (Mex)                   138 Jose R. Aguirre (Mex)
San Marcos                                Rica Burguer
141 Edmundo Robledo (Mex)                 151 Mario A. Armendariz (Mex)
142 Uriel Chavez (Mex)                    152 Raul Alcala (Mex)
143 Samuel Espinoza (Mex)                 153 Antonio Velazquez (Mex)
144 Irving Aguilar (Mex)                  154 Jaime Robles (Mex)
145 Alfredo Gabino (Mex)                  155 Juan P. Villela (Mex)
146 Bernardo Sanchez (Mex)                156 Gilberto Porras (Mex)
147 Uri Martins (Mex)                     157 Edgar Barragan (Mex)
                                          158 Cesar Barragan (Mex)
161 Jessel Valenzuela (Mex)
162 Gustavo Reynoso (Mex)
163 Adrian Garcia (Mex)
164 Marco Bonilla (Mex)
165 Edgar Mendez (Mex)
166 Alejandro De La Rosa (Mex)
167 Jose A. Sanchez (Mex)
168 Daniel Duarte (Mex)

Past winners

2007 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Relax-Gam
2006 Luis Perez (Spa) Andalucia- Paul -Versan

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,