Melo Wins the 9th International Cycling Tour

The last stage was won by the athlete Ramiro Cabrera, who had already won the penultimate stage played last Saturday (30)

Cyclists from six countries pedaled 746.4 kilometers during five days to complete the International Cycling Tour of Paraná 2015, which began on the 27th and ended on Sunday, May 31, in a circuit set up around Lake Igapó, in the city of Londrina. The victory of the stage was with the Uruguayan athlete Ramiro Cabrera of the Dataro / Bottecchia team, while the general champion was Rodrigo Melo, from Green / Piracicaba.

The competition entered the final stage with several athletes fighting directly for the overall standings. The difference between the top three was only 12 seconds. With the title open, the athletes left the stage very cautious, worried about teamwork.

Few riders tried to stand out from the pack. The main escape of the day arose between the athletes Ramiro Cabrera, from Dataro / Bottecchia, and Matias Medici, who represents the team Avai / Florianópolis. The two took advantage of the opponents missing about three laps to the finish and were no longer reached.

The victory of the stage was with Ramiro, who started strong in the final meters and gave no chance for second place, Matias Medici. The third was Robson Ribeiro, from the Memorial / Santos team.

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Even leaving the last stage in the second place overall, Green/Piracicaba’s Rodrigo Melo was not discouraged and turned around, showing great strength during the flying goals on Sunday. The athlete, who had already won the first two stages of the competition, completed the final stage in tenth place, but won two flying goals (intermediate arrivals that are worth points and time bonus) and managed to take enough time to celebrate the overall title of the Tour Cycling of Paraná 2015.

“Being a champion of such an important competition is very gratifying for our team. We worked hard during all the stages and I’m sure we deserved that victory. I left knowing that it was difficult to get back to the blue leader shirt in the last stage, but I ended up winning the goals and ending the overall victory,”said the champion.

The second place of the overall classification was with Rodrigo do Nascimento, team São Francisco/Ribeirão Preto, being only 3 seconds away from the champion. Alexandre Manarelli, of Funvic/Carrefour/São José dos Campos, completed the podium in third to 10 seconds of difference. The white jersey champion was Jeovane Oliveira from São Francisco/Ribeirão Preto, while the white shirt (best under-23) finished with Fernando Finkler from Avaí/Florianopolis. The green jersey (points champion), also was with Rodrigo Melo that added 38 points, against 31 points of the athlete Alexandre Manarelli, placed second.

In the fight of the classification by teams, the victory was with San Francisco/Ribeirão Preto, that stood out for being one of the most active and regular teams of the competition. The team from São Paulo finished the competition with 54h28min46s, followed by ECT/Taubaté at 2min19s, and Funvic/Carrefour/São José dos Campos at 3min13s.

“We got a great test and we are happy with the result. Our cyclists have always been participating in the trails and working through the stages. I think it was a very deserved title for everything we did during the five days of competition. Now it’s focusing on the Brazilian Road Championship which is our next goal, “said Marcelo Donnabela, a team coach from Ribeirão Preto.

The athletes received the award from the president of the Brazilian Cycling Federation, who made a point of praising the performance of all the teams present.”The teams have done a great job all round and are to be congratulated. The confederation, with the sponsorship of Caixa Econômica Federal, will continue to be committed to the idealization and maintenance of events of this level, always thinking about the development of Brazilian cycling,”said Vasconcellos.

The International Cycling Tour of Paraná is an organization and organization of the Brazilian Cycling Confederation (CBC) and Federação Paranaense de Ciclismo (FPC), with supervision of the International Cycling Union (UCI), sponsorship of Caixa Econômica Federal and support of RPC TV-affiliated Of TV Globo, Mix Bicycles, Boulevard Shopping Londrina, Itamaraty Biscuits, Rock feller Language Center Londrina.

Step Rank

1º – Ramiro Cabrera (Dataro/Bottecchia) / 2h18min30s

2º – Matias Medici (Avai / Florianopolis) / a 2s

3º – Robson Ribeiro Dias (Memorial / Santos) / 1min04s

4º – Murilo Ferraz (Funvic / Carrefour / São José dos Campos) / mt

5º – Verinaldo Pereira (ECT / Taubaté) / mt

Overall Rating

1º – Rodrigo Melo (Green / Piracicaba) / 18h09min08s

2º – Rodrigo do Nascimento (São Francisco / Ribeirão Preto) / a 3s

3º – Alexandre Manarelli (Funvic / Carrefour / São José dos Campos) / a 10s

4º – Alex Arseno (ECT / Taubaté) / a 22s

5º – Mauricio Knapp (San Francisco / Ribeirão Preto) / a 23s

Point Sorting

1º – Rodrigo Melo (Green / Piracicaba) / 38 points

2º – Alexandre Manarelli (Funvic / Carrefour / São José dos Campos) / 31 points

3º – Ramiro Cabrera (Dataro / Bottecchia) / 20 points

Mountain Classification

1º – Jeovane Oliveira (São Francisco / Ribeirão Preto) / 24 points

2º – Wolfgang Burmann (Islas Galapagos / Ecuador) / 16 points

3º – Felipe da Paixão (Team UFF of Cycling) / 10 points

Classification By Teams

1º – São Francisco / Ribeirão Preto – 54h28min46s

2º – ECT / Taubaté – a 2min19s

3º – Funvic / Carrefour / São José dos Campos – to 3min13s

Full rating:  [RESULTS]

 Programming:

27/05 – 1st Stage – Beautiful View of Paradise / First of May / Beautiful View of Paradise (128.4km)

28/05 – 2nd Stage – Londrina / Tamarana / Londrina (153km)

29/05 – 3rd Stage – Ibiporã / Bela Vista do Paraíso / Ibiporã (167km)

30/05 – 4th Stage – Arapongas / Guaraci / Arapongas (198km)

31/05 – 5th Stage – Londrina / Londrina (100km)

Total: 746,4km

Champions

2004 – Soelito Gohr

2005 – Maurício Morandi

2006 – Márcio May

2007 – Renato Seabra

2008 – Renato dos Santos

2009 – Raul Cançado

2010 – Marco Arriagada

2014 – Alexandre Manarelli

2015 – Rodrigo Melo

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