Rigoburto Uran’s first edition of Giro de Rigo Costa Rica attracted 2000 cyclists and a half-dozen WorldTour professional riders on Sunday 27 November to the tropical equatorial country of Costa Rica. Besides Uran, WorldTour friends and competitors Daniel Martinez, Esteban Chavez, Alejandro Valverde, Sergio Higuita and Costa Rican cycling hero Andrey Amador all participated.
At the end of the day, it was 22 year-old Costa Rican national champion Gabriel Rojas (Essax) who rode away from the lead group to time trial his way to victory in the final 23 miles of the 120 kilometers long race. It was a masterful performance, very similar to his gold medal ride in the 2021 Panamerican Games U23 road race.
“I decided to attack and I came alone… there are times when you have to try to play long and without fear,” Rojas told crciclismo.com afterwards.
Finishing in 3:06:55, Rojas was almost three minutes up on Diyer Alexander Rincon Gomez and Paul Betencourt, both scored with a time of 3:09:44. Lindsey Varela Solis won the women’s competition in 3:28:45.
In the 60km medio fondo, Victor Alfonso Duenas Rivera (2:02:23) was the fastest man and Alicia Mora (2:19:24) the fastest woman.
Complete Giro de Rigo Costa Ricas results HERE.
Photos: Giro de Rigo, FECOCI