Rincon defends title in Costa Rica, Morales captures women’s victory


The second edition of the Costa Rican UCI Gran Fondo event began at the national football stadium in San José and concluded 127 km west in Puntarenas at the Pacific Ocean. This year’s race saw the same winner as last year: Diyer Rincon from Colombia.

Rincon outsprinted two other riders at the finish line, with Robert Nunes taking second and Raymond Gonzalez Rivera finishing third. A second group of four riders, including two from Ecuador, finished 20 seconds later. Rincon’s average speed was 43.1 km/h.

In the women’s race over the same distance, the podium was dominated by Costa Rican riders. Jeniffer Morales Milanes claimed victory with an average speed of 38.8 km/h, beating Natalia Navarro Cerdas by 2 minutes and 37 seconds and Karol Alpizar by 12 minutes and 17 seconds.

In the shorter mediofondo, which served as a qualifier event for men over 60 and women over 50, American Brendan Sullivan won with a significant 4-minute lead over the rest of the field. Rebeca Maria Alfaro Kuri was the first female to finish in that distance.

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