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Canadian cyclist Keuen Lacombe raced to victory this Friday to prove that last year’s successes in 4 stages of the Vuelta a Cuba tour had not been by mere chance.

Lacombe seemed to awake after three dull stages and sprinted like in 2009 to clock 1:43.06 hours over the 86 kilometers between Bayamo and this city, though this result didn’t affect the tour’s standings that show Venezuelan Wilmen Bravo on top.

Still breathing hard from the effort, the Canadian rider told ACN news agency that his goal in this edition is to repeat, or even improve, last year’s performance.

Despite finishing 50th in the individual standings in 2009, Lacombe was one of the main attractions and now he said he will focus on winning as many stages as possible.

He was followed this time by Cuban Yoel Mariño and the Spaniard with the Peugeot squad Joaquin Sobrino, both with the same time as the winner.

Meanwhile, the sprints were dominated by youngsters Pedro Sibila and Jans Carlos Arias that croosed first the lines at Cauto Cristo (32m), and Cacocún (57), respectively.

Stage standings:

1- Keuen Lacombe (Spidertech- Canada) 1:43.06 hours
2- Yoel Mariño (Matanzas)
3- Joaquín Sobrino (Peugeot –Spain)
4- Roger Rodríguez (Pinar del Río)
5- Miguel Ubeto (Venezuela)
6- Damián Martínez (Guantánamo)

Source: ACN

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