Ismael Sanchez wins Independence Cycling Tour
The Dominican Republic is celebrating the retention of the trophy for the Independence Cycling Tour, with Ismael Sanchez leading the pack over the 1,045 km of the nationwide race. He defeated Colombian Diego Ochoa by 38 seconds. The La Vega-born cyclist was competing for the Aero Cycling Team. He won the eight stages of the competition in a time of 25:37:28. Ochoa was second, followed by Sergio Godoy of Argentina. Fourth place went to Sanchez’s teammate, Augusto Sanchez.
Sanchez had won the trophy in 2012. He is only the second Dominican to have won the tournament twice. The late Marino Garcia won the race in 1986 and 1987. Augusto Sanchez won in 2010.
Ismael Sanchez is a strong candidate for the Dominican Republic’s first Olympic cycling slot in this year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.
Together with Augusto Sanchez, Diego Milan, Adderlyn Cruz and Rafael Meran they will go to Isla Margarita, Venezuela to the Pan-American Cycling Games. The final decision will then depend on their performance during the national cycling competition in June, as reported in Diario Libre.
March 7, 2016
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