September 28, 2011 (Trinidad and Tobago) – Today was a great start to the first stage of the Tobago International cycling classic 2011. The race started fast with points being giving on the first lap of the ten laps event around the classic Carnbee course that has been the only course since the start of the event twenty-five years ago.
There was four sets of points which saw Euris Vidale (Dom) Team Foundation top sprinter and the green jersey winner with 28 points, second when to Raphael Meran (both riding for Team Foundation) with 27 points and Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) RC Gourmetfein Wels of team Austria in third with 25 points. Trinidad’s Emile Abraham of team Vita Malt had to settle for fourth with 24 points.
In the race for the yellow jersey (race leader), from the start riders were off the front bidding to be the first rider to hold the race leader’s jersey going into the second stage. But it was Zoidl, second in the Austrian national Road Race in 2011, who made his move at the top of the final climb to steal the victory from a fast finishing Vidale 2nd and Abraham in 3rd, to take the Yellow Jersey on day one.
In the race for the Orange Jersey (leader of division Two), there was a four-man break from the gun with Barry Luces (Rigtech Sonics), Ross Callender (G4S-Swift team Barbados), Jamal Eastmond (Team Aspire Barbados) and Stefan Steinweg (Germany) getting away. In the end saw Eastmond took the win over Luces with Callerder in third.
1. Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) RC Gourmetfein Wels 2:34:22
2. Euris Vidale (Dom) Team Foundation
3. Emile Abraham (Tri) Team Vita Malt Cycling
14. Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Team 1% for the Planet
15. Trevor Connor (Can) Team Rio Grande
Top Masters 40+
1. Stefan Steinweg
1. Andy Charlmers
1. Peter Hernandez
1. Jamal Eastmond(Barbados)
1. Urba Bourne
1. Dahlia Palmer (Jamica)