Vuelta Mexico Telmex

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Race details
Date Early March
Region Mexico, North America
Nickname(s)

"Latin America's Grand Tour"

"Tour of the Americas"
Discipline Men's Stage Race
Competition

UCI Pro Continental Teams UCI Continental Teams

UCI National Teams

Local Regional Teams
Type UCI America Tour 2.2
Organiser Telmex, CONADE
History
First edition 2008 (2008)
Editions 5 (as of 2014)
First winner  Glen Chadwick (NZL)
Most wins  Oscar Sevilla (ESP) (2 wins)
Most recent  Juan Pablo Villegas (COL)

Vuelta Ciclista Mexico Telmex is an annual road cycling race in Mexico that takes place over the course of eight days, involving eight stages. The Mexico national tour has a rich history dating back to the 1940s,[1] and this latest incarnation was revived in late 2008 and early 2009 as the condensed evolution of the Vueltas de las Americas, 21 day stage race, defunct from 2003.[2] This national tour is currently ranked 2.2, according to UCI race classifications, and is a part of the UCI America Tour. Title sponsorship is provided via CONADE (Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte), as well as the Telmex Foundation,[3] a philanthropic entity created by Telmex C.E.O., Carlos Slim. Additional sponsorship has been provided previously by BMW, Mercury, Coca Cola, NovoSportware, and Metalurgica Creativa.

While 2008 primarily featured non-UCI regional Mexican teams, with nine such squads, 2009 saw that number shrink to eight, of which Arenas and Canel's had been UCI the year prior and may not have renewed due to the poor global economy. More importantly 2009 featured, for the first time, two UCI Professional Continental Teams with Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, and Amica Chips. Also present in each of the first two editions are various North American national squads: 2008 saw the participation of the Guatemalan and Cuban national teams, and in 2009 the Cuban National Team returned along with first time appearances by national squads, USA and Mexico.

Jerseys[edit]

  • Jersey yellow.svg Yellow = Overall Leader
  • Jersey white.svg White = Best Mexican
  • Jersey red.svg Red = Mountain Leader
  • Jersey green.svg Green = Combativity Leader
  • Jersey blue.svg Blue = u23 Leader

UCI Scheduling[edit]

In what was for all intents and purposes the "de facto" inaugural event, the revamped 2009 Vuelta Mexico Telmex was given a new date on the UCI America Tour calendar. This made it possible for American teams to join the race; the race is scheduled one week after the conclusion of February's Amgen Tour of California, and ends well before March's Redlands Classic and April's Tour de Georgia. The Vuelta Mexico Telmex aims to become the most significant stage race in Latin America, as a standard for Latin American teams, North American teams, and UCI Pro Continental teams seeking results and Grand Tour invite.[4]

Ruta Mexico[edit]

Rider Team
1989 Mexico Alcalá, RaúlRaúl Alcalá (MEX)
1990 Mexico Alcalá, RaúlRaúl Alcalá (MEX)
1991 Colombia Ortegon, Julio CésarJulio César Ortegon (COL) Postobón-Manzana
1992 No race
1993 France Fignon, LaurentLaurent Fignon (FRA) Gatorade
1994 Mexico Alcalá, RaúlRaúl Alcalá (MEX) Motorola-Superior
1995 Colombia Espinosa, LuisLuis Espinosa (COL) Postobón-Manzana
1996 No race
1997 Colombia Vanegas, José LuisJosé Luis Vanegas (COL) Caprecom
1998 Mexico Arroyo, MiguelMiguel Arroyo (MEX) Canel's Turbo
1999 Colombia Vanegas, José LuisJosé Luis Vanegas (COL) Aguardiente Néctar-Selle Italia

Vuelta Mexico[edit]

Rider Team
2008 New Zealand Chadwick, GlenGlen Chadwick (NZL) Team Type 1
2009 Venezuela Rodríguez, JacksonJackson Rodríguez (VEN) Diquigiovanni-Androni
2010 Spain Sevilla, ÓscarÓscar Sevilla (ESP) Rock Racing
2011 No race
2012 Spain Sevilla, ÓscarÓscar Sevilla (ESP) Empacadora San Marcos
2013 No race
2014 Colombia Villegas, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Villegas (COL) 4-72 Colombia

2008 Event[edit]

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With prizes of 2,000,000 Peso, worth roughly 188,000 (USD),[5] the inaugural edition, held September 13–20th,[6] centered primarily in the region north of Mexico City, commencing in Aguascalientes and concluded in the outskirts of Distrito Federal. Stage four was neutralized due to bad weather reducing the length of the Vuelta to 1,059 kilometers down from the scheduled 1,139.[7] The final General Classification [8] was won by New Zealand racer, Glen Alan Chadwick riding for team sponsor Team Type 1, which supports persons inflicted with Type 1 Diabetes. Chadwick would return in 2009 to defend his title, albeit with rival sponsor Team Rock Racing.

2009 Event[edit]

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The 2009 Vuelta saw diverse North American presence, with first time participants including Rudy Pevenage directed, Rock Racing; Steve Bauer directed, Planet Energy; U.S. based OUCH Pro Cycling Team featuring Floyd Landis, all alongside the 2008 winning team Team Type 1. In addition, Trek-Livestrong U-23 Developmental Team, featuring Taylor Phinney started the race. The team is directed by Axel Merckx and partially owned by seven time consecutive Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who was on hand to fire the start signal for the 2009 race.[9]

Angel de la Independencia, Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City

During his trip to Vuelta Mexico, Armstrong stated that "a country the size of Mexico, with such diverse landscape needs to have a tour.[10]" With the primary devotion of fighting childhood cancer on behalf of his Lance Armstrong Foundation, Armstrong participated in various events with sponsors and the public, including a health care forum with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.[11]

With prizes of 2.5 million Peso, worth roughly 163,000 (USD),[12] the 2009 edition held March 1–8th [13] centered primarily among regional states located in the south-central part of Mexico. The race began in Oaxaca and passed through Puebla, Tlaxcala, Morelos, Edomex, Guanajuato, and Hildago before culminating in the center of Mexico City.[14] The final stage, won by Canada's Andrew Pinfold, ended with a finish similar to that of the Tour de France as the 100+ kilometer circuit race completes twelves laps of La Angel de la Independencia along a large portion of the 12 km Paseo de la Reforma (Reform Promenade).[15] The extra wide boulevard, with its historically elegant design, sharply resembles Paris' Champs-Élysées. It stretches from Chapultepec Park, passing alongside Latin America's tallest building, the Torre Mayor, continuing through the Zona Rosa and then on to El Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución). Among the largest central squares in the world, El Zócalo is bordered by the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and is adjacent to the ancient Templo Mayor site. Ironically, Paseo de la Reforma, was modeled during the French occupation of the 1860s upon orders from Emperor Maximilian I with the dual purpose of linking Chapultepec Castle to the National Palace, while also creating a French legacy in the city centre.

Despite the presence of pre-race favorites Gilberto Simoni, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton, Glen Chadwick, and Arquimedes Lam, the Final Overall General Classification [16][17][18] was won by Venezuelan racer Jackson Rodriguez, of Venezuelan team sponsor Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni.

Best Young Rider Classification, awarded to the highest place rider under the age of 23, was won by American Peter Stetina of the U.S. National Team.[19]

Jersey Holders[edit]

Year Winner Nationality Team
Overall Leader Jersey yellow.svg Jackson Rodriguez  Venezuela Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni
Combativity Leader Jersey green.svg Karl Menzies  Australia Ouch
Mountain Leader Jersey red.svg David Vitoria  Spain   Switzerland Rock Racing
Best Mexican Jersey white.svg Carlos Lopez  Mexico Canel's Turbo
u23 leader Jersey blue.svg Peter Stetina  United States USA u25 team

2010 Event[edit]

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The Vuelta Mexico Telmex was won by Oscar Sevilla riding for the Rock Racing team in 2010.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] History of Mexican National Tours (Official Site 2009)
  2. ^ [2] 2003 Vueltas de las Americas (cyclingnews.com)
  3. ^ [3] 2009 "Slim Comunicado" (carlosslim.com)
  4. ^ [4] 2009 "The Longest Day" (teamtype12007.blogspot.com)
  5. ^ [5] 2008 Prizes (Official Site 2008, see page 26 of .pdf)
  6. ^ [6] 2008 Vuelta Mexico Telmex (cyclingnews.com)
  7. ^ [7] 2008 "Heavy rain stopped Fourth Stage" (cyclingnews.com)
  8. ^ [8] 2008 Final General Classification (cyclingnews.com)
  9. ^ [9] 2009 "Lance Armstrong, Vuelta Ciclista godfather of Mexico" (bumeral.net)
  10. ^ [10] 2009 "Lance : Mexico deserves a tour" (Seattle Times)
  11. ^ [11] 2009 "Lance Armstrong meets with President Calderon" (Austin American Statesman)
  12. ^ [12] 2009 Prizes (Official Site 2009)
  13. ^ [13] 2009 Vuelta Mexico Telmex (cyclingnews.com)
  14. ^ [14] 2009 Route Map (Official Site 2009)
  15. ^ [15] 2009 Stage Eight Route (Official Site 2009)
  16. ^ [16] 2009 Final General Classification (velonews.com)
  17. ^ [17] 2009 Final General Classification (uciamericatour.com)
  18. ^ [18] 2009 Final General Classification (cyclingnews.com)
  19. ^ [19] 2009 "Stetina takes home Best Young Rider jersey from Vuelta Mexico." (usacycling.org)
  20. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/vuelta-mexico-telmex-2-2/stage-8/results

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