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Vuelta Banco Popular a Costa Rica Stage 3 Report, Results and Photos

by Ben Andrew
Cesar Rojas  ©  Luis Barbosa
December 16, 2016 (Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica) – Stage 3 of the Vuelta Banco Popular a Costa Rica saw riders contest a 193km route from Cañas to Ciudad Quesada. Race winner Cesar Rojas (Frijoles Los Tierniticos – Arroz Halcón-Spe) crossed the line solo with a time of 5:13:46 and a 55-second advantage over a chase group of four.

Top Canadian on the day was Michel Jean (Quebexico), crossing the line at 9:30 behind Rojas. Guatemalan Alejandro Padilla also with Quebexico finished 56th at 15:24 back while Quebexico team leader, Jean Michel Lachance, finishing up in 64th at 15:40 back. Teammate and fellow Canuck Antoine Fabry did not complete the stage.

Aristóbulo Cala  ©  Luis Barbosa
Jean was second on two intermediate sprints during Stage 3, and now sits 6th in the competition at 13 points behind leader Jose Vega (Nestle-Giant). In the General Classification, Lachance remains the top Canadian in 29th at 17:01 back from race leader Daniel Jara (Equipo El Colono). Next up is Stage 4 that will take the peloton from Quesada and Guapiles over a 115km route.

Nicolas Paredes  ©  Luis Barbosa

Results (brief)

1. Cesar Rojas (Crc) Frijoles Los Tierniticos – Arroz Halcón-Spe 5:13.46
2. Román Villalobos (Crc) Canel’s Specialized 0:55
3. Joseph Chavarria (Crc) Nestlé Giant
4. Yewinson Varela (Crc) Frijoles Los Tierniticos – Arroz Halcón-Spe
5. Juan Carlos Rojas (Crc) Frijoles Los Tierniticos – Arroz Halcón-Spe
6. Gregory Brenes (Crc) Equipo El Colono 1:05
7. Victor Garcia (Esp) Canel’s Specialized 1:08
8. Daniel Bonilla (Crc) Nestlé Giant
9. Pablo Mudarra (Crc) Frijoles Los Tierniticos – Arroz Halcón-Spe 2:42
10. Brayan Salas (Crc) Scott-Tele Uno-BCT 3:21

44. Michel Jean (Can) Quebexico 9:30
56. Alejandro Padilla (Gua) Quebexico 15:24
64. Jean Michel Lachance (Can) Quebexico 15:40
DNF Antoine Fabry (Can) Quebexico

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