Elena Hartmann cements GC lead with 2nd win in the Vuelta a El Salvador

Saturday saw Stage 1 of the Tour El Salvador 2024 after Friday night’s prologue start, featuring the first major road stage of the Vuelta a El Salvador. The stage commenced in front of Sunset Park, Surf City, La Libertad, and concluded in Nahuizalco, Sonsonate.

The stage covered a total of 106 kilometres, beginning at Sunset Park and passing through various landmarks such as El Majahual, El Tunco, El Sunzal, tunnels 1 to 5, the El Litoral road, Piedras Pachas house, and the Sonsonate-Acajutla road detour, before concluding in Nahuizalco.

The Roland team emerged triumphant, with cyclists Elena Hartmann from Switzerland claiming first place and Giorgina Vettorello from Italy securing the third spot. Canadian Emily Marcolini of the Boneshaker Project clinched second place on the stage.

Elena Hartmann of the Roland team emerged as the winner of the first stage of the Vuelta a El Salvador, crossing the finish line solo with a lead of 21 seconds over Emily Marcolini and 47 seconds ahead of her teammate Giorgia Vettorello.

With this victory, Hartmann further solidifies her leadership position, maintaining a 53-second advantage over Marcolini and a 56-second lead over Vettorello.

In a heartwarming display of support, the residents of Nahuizalco showered Elena Hartmann with gestures of affection, including applause, hugs, and bouquets of flowers, recognising her victory. Reflecting on the challenging route and the sweltering conditions, Hartmann expressed gratitude towards her team for their support and teamwork, acknowledging their crucial role in her success.

Additionally, accolades were awarded to the standout performers of the race, with Hartmann receiving the yellow leader’s jersey, Lorena Villamizar awarded the combativity jersey (red), Daniela Campos honoured with the best young rider jersey (white), Karen González recognised as the leader in the general points classification (green), and Marcolini earning the leader’s jersey in the mountain classification (white with red dots).

The second stage of the Cycling Tour to El Salvador, scheduled for Sunday, will feature a closed circuit starting at the park of Antiguo Cuscatlán and finishing near the University of El Salvador, covering a distance of 69.8 kilometres.

2024 Vuelta a El Salvador Stage 1 result

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