Gilber Zurita win 7a stage and Álvaro Duarte takes 7b stage of Vuelta A Bolivia 2011

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  • Gilber Zurita win 7a stage and Álvaro Duarte takes 7b stage of Vuelta A Bolivia 2011

Gilber Zurita win 7a stage and Álvaro Duarte takes 7b stage of Vuelta A Bolivia 2011

The Bolivian Cyclist Gilber Zurita won the 7a stage of Vuelta A Bolivia 2011 in San Pablo de Tiquinaon Sunday, November 11.   Juan Cotumba confirmed his aggressive tendencies and retained his overall leader’s yellow jersey.

In the last kilometres, Zurita went away and only two cyclists Juan Cotumba and Peter Campero were followed him. The duo tried his best to pull down Zurita but they failed to hold the pace.

Zurita build a gap and set fastest time of 3 hours, 13 minutes and 59 seconds to cover the distance of 116 kilometres. The race leader’s Juan Cotumba was in second place with same finishing time as Gilber.

Peter Campero finished third with a difference of 3 seconds ahead of Segundo Navarrete and Maky Roman. Jimmi Briceno was also in good form but grabbed sixth place with 9 seconds down to Gilber ahead of Victor Nino.

Cotumba took overall lead with the timing of 28 hours and 22 seconds while Maky Roman was in runner-up’s spot with 4 minutes and 1 second down to Juan.

Victor Nino was in third with a difference of 4 minutes and 56 seconds ahead of Jimmi Briceno and Segundo Navarrete.

In 7b stage, Alvaro Duarte displayed good ability and took a total of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 22 seconds to cover the distance of 40 kilometres. The 7b stage will start in San Pedro de Tiquina and ended in Copacabana.

Maky Roman was in second place with 32 seconds down to Alvaro. 14 cyclists crossed the finish line with same finishing time of Maky. Ronald Luza unable to followed other cyclists and snatched 17th place with a difference of 1 minute and 11 seconds ahead of Peter Campero and Efraín Carvajal.

Cotumba finished safely in the bunch to retain his overall lead with the timing of 29 hours, 5 minutes and 16 seconds while Roman was in second place with a difference of 3 minutes and 57 seconds.

There are two stages tomorrow, a 39km time trial in San Pedro de Tiquina, followed by the final 121km stage from San Pablo de Tiquina to Calocoto (La Paz).