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Tour of Venezuela – Stage 9 Report

September 5, 2007 – Jose Chacon won the 9th stage at the Tour of Venezuela yesterday, a 162km ride from Santa Barbara to San Cristobal. It was a very tough stage with several big climbs.

Symmetrics Fuelled by Farmpure was on the attack throughout, with Svein getting in a break with 50km to go, and gaining a gap at one point of two minutes.

The pair was away just as the big climbs began, but ultimately didn’t stay away. After the first KOM, Svein was caught. Towards the end, there was a big group of 40 riders that came to the finish, including Canadian road champ, Cam Evans, Eric Wohlberg and Tuft. Over 90 riders were dropped in the hills today. Tuft and Wohlberg finished a minute behind, with Evans finishing just 17 seconds behind the leaders.

Stage 9 – Santa Barbara to San Cristobal – 162kms

1. José Chacón (Ven) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes 3:37:55
2. Francisco Colorado (Col) Alcaldía Bolivariana Páez
3. Juan Murillo (Ven) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes 0:04
4. Rodolfo Camacho (Col) Kino Tachira Banfoandes
5. Ronald Gonzalez (Ven) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes
6. Tomás Gil (Ven) Gobernación Bolivariano Carabobo
7. Manuel Medina (Ven) Gobernación Zulia Bod
8. Cesar Salazar (Col) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes
9. Freddy Vargas (Ven) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes
10. Alexander Rojas (Col) Gobernación Barinas H. Sport Wilmer Perez
35. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 0:17
62. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 1:18
68. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 1:36
102. Jeffery Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 5:51
107. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 7:22

GC after Stage 9

1. Freddy Vargas (Ven) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes 29.15.05
2. Juan Dotti (Arg) Cinelli Endeka OPD 0.02
3. José Chacón (Ven) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes 0.09
4. Richard Ochoa (Ven) Gobernación Bolivariano Carabobo 0.19
5. Cesar Salazar (Col) Loteria Del Tachira-Banfoandes 0.27
6. Tomás Gil (Ven) Gobernación Bolivariano Carabobo 0.28
7. Andris Hernandez (Ven) Gobernación Bolivariano Carabobo 0.3
8. Franklin Chacön (Ven) Gobernación Bolivariano Carabobo 0.31
9. Jose Serpa (Col) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni – Selle Italia 0.32
10. Hernan Muñoz (Col) Gobernación Zulia Bod 0.36
15. Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 1.14
24. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 1.47
41. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 3.35
81. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 10.33
91. Jeffery Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics Cycling Team 13.49





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