Joel Yates has got his international season’s end off to a great start at the Vuelta a Guatemala.  The Kiwi took the stage victory on day 2 of the race with a fantastic solo effort to hold off a bunch sprint led home by overall race leader Julio Padilla.

Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Guatemala took the field from Puerto Barrios to Morales, a 125.5km trek that rolled its way towards the finish line on a somewhat undulating route.  Joel Yates took to the start line as part of the Gateway Development Team for the UCI 2.2 stage race.  

Not content to wait for a bunch sprint in amongst the field of 102 riders comprised of athletes from Colombia, Peru, USA, Mexico and Venezuela; Kiwi Yates opted to throw caution to the wind with 20km of racing remaining and go on the attack.

Starting the day 81st overall at 16 minutes behind overall leader Julio Padilla, Yates was no threat to the overall standings; and he used that to his advantage as he opened up a gap on the peloton.    

Yates dug deep in the finale to maintain his lead over a peloton that was amassing for the sprint finish, and still managed to come to the finish line with a 25 second advantage to claim his first UCI career race win; and his best result since finishing 4th in the National Championships road race in Napier earlier this year.  

More to come . . .

Stage results:

RankLast NameFirst NameCountryResult
1YATESJoelNZL       03:07:00
2PADILLA MIRANDAJulioGUA       03:07:25
3MONTERROSODorian JavierGUA       03:07:25
4GOMEZ PEÑALOZABryan SteveCOL       03:07:25
5GUTIERREZ BALLESTEROSCarlos AlbertoCOL       03:07:25
6CANASTUJJoséGUA       03:07:25
7RAMIREZDennisUSA       03:07:25
8REYES MANTILLAJosé LuisMEX       03:07:25
9LOPÉZLuis EnriqueHON       03:07:25
10SAMHenryGUA       03:07:25
11XICALE COYOPOTLEfrainMEX       03:07:25
12RIOS ROSALESBrayanGUA       03:07:25
13QUISPE COLQUEAlaín RossbelPER       03:07:25
14TORRESAlderGUA       03:07:25
15CARO MONROYSebastian OrlandoCOL       03:07:25
16RIOS ROSALESBrandon AroldoGUA       03:07:25
17CHUMIL GONZALEZSergio GeovaniGUA       03:07:25
18BORON RABINALMelvin DanielGUA       03:07:25
19DE LEÓNJhonathanGUA       03:07:25
20OROZCODilsonGUA       03:07:25
21SERECH CHANOscar EmilioGUA       03:07:25
22MORALES PINZONPedro PabloGUA       03:07:25
23CORDOBA TIBOCHAFabian AndresCOL       03:07:25
24GONZALEZ VELASCOJonatan AlejandroCOL       03:07:25
25JOCHOLA CANCAXAbelGUA       03:07:25
26GAMERO ZÚÑIGAAlonso MiguelPER       03:07:25
27PEREZ ZAMORAWerner IsaacGUA       03:07:25
28TORRES YUMANEdgar GeovannyGUA       03:07:25
29PEREZ CALIWalter BosbelyGUA       03:07:25
30TOC XONFredy OrlandoGUA       03:07:25
31MENDEZ SARATAmilcarGUA       03:07:25
32MALDONADO LOPEZLarry MaximilianoGUA       03:07:25
33MEJIA FUENTESManuelGUA       03:07:25
34TOCGersonGUA       03:07:25
35TOROC NOJJulio EliasGUA       03:07:25
36LOPEZ MAYOREndi DanielGUA       03:07:25
37RUIZ CALLEHugo Nestor EmilianoPER       03:07:25
38MACARIOGabrielGUA       03:07:25
39VAIL VAILDimas DanisarGUA       03:07:25
40POPRobertoGUA       03:07:25
41CUBIDES MORALESCristian CamiloCOL       03:07:25
42RODAS OCHOAManuel OseasGUA       03:07:25
43OVERSONEthanUSA       03:07:25
44HERNÁNDEZBasilioGUA       03:07:25
45TIBAQUIRA ALVARADOGeorge BrandonCOL       03:07:25
46CIFUENTES ARAGONEZFabian StevenCOL       03:07:25
47AJPACAJA TAXAlfredo EstebanGUA       03:07:25
48MORALESEsdrasGUA       03:07:25
49LAREZ CONOSPedro HumbertoGUA       03:07:25
50TUIZ SULUGUIRodolfoGUA       03:07:25
51AJIN SUREKAmilkarGUA       03:07:25
52IXEHUATL MEJIACesarMEX       03:07:25
53GONZALEZ LARESLeonardoGUA       03:07:25
54XAJPOT RALESJuan CarlosGUA       03:07:25
55PEREZ MUÑOZWilmar JahirCOL       03:07:25
56JULAJUJAlexGUA       03:07:25
57TUIZ TUYVictor AlfonsoGUA       03:07:25
58VASQUEZ VASQUEZJuan MardoqueoGUA       03:07:25
59CENDALES LOPEZMiguel AngelCOL       03:07:25
60ESQUIT ESQUITElmer MauricioGUA       03:24:25
61TAPIA LANDARenato JoséPER       03:07:25
62NAVARRO CALLERoynerPER       03:07:25
63CHUMIL AJQUICHIErick RumualdoGUA       03:07:25
64JOJ QUICHEJuan JoseGUA       03:07:25
65SIPAC MUXTAYWalterGUA       03:07:25
66RAMIREZ FLORESJorgeMEX       03:07:25
67OROZCO LOPEZWilmer FernandoGUA       03:07:25
68GONZALES SACALXOTFrancisco OsweliGUA       03:07:25
69JIATZ SUTNervin GeovanyGUA       03:07:25
70VELASQUEZ PEREZGenaroGUA       03:07:25
71RINCON ALVAREZYeison AlejandroCOL       03:07:25
72VÁSQUEZAdolfoGUA       03:07:25
73SAENZ MERIDAJose Vicente AntonioGUA       03:07:25
74PEREZ PEREZWenderley JoseGUA       03:07:25
75OROZCO LOPEZEduardo EliudGUA       03:07:25
76IXTAMEREsvinGUA       03:07:25
77YAC YACJulian NoeGUA       03:07:25
78ESCOBAR LOPEZWalter FiladelfoGUA       03:07:25
79VELASQUEZ YAXJose AlfredoGUA       03:07:25
80CHETE SANTOSSamuelGUA       03:07:25
81VICENTE MORALESWiliam OswaldoGUA       03:07:25
82MACARIO CORTEZJuanGUA       03:07:25
83SOPERANEZ ROSASJosé LuisMEX       03:07:25
84ALPACAJA TAXCelsoGUA       03:07:25
85DE LA ROCA HERNANDEZLuis Jose ManuelGUA       03:07:25
86GONZALEZ SALOJTomy Lamber GeovanyGUA       03:07:25
87GIRON REYESYonatan ArmandoGUA       03:07:25
88GARDNERSeanUSA       03:07:25
89PORTILLO AJUECHAngel AndyMEX       03:07:25
90XEP TOROCEdy MoisesGUA       03:07:25
91YAX TZOCOtonielGUA       03:24:35
92LOPEZ MAYOREdgarGUA       03:24:35
93KOONTZGrantUSA       03:07:25
94ARIZA JARAMILLOHeimarhanzCOL       03:41:56
95CUESTA ZAMORASteven ManuelCOL       03:24:58
96AJQUIY MARROQUINRomeoGUA       03:07:25
97GONZÁLES ZENTENOAndré AlexanderPER       03:07:25
98CANASTUJ CALELJosue FranciscoGUA       03:12:26
99LACAN LACANRosendo AbisaiGUA       03:40:37
100VASQUEZ VASQUEZJaimeGUA       03:23:37
101ESQUIT XICAYJuan JoseGUA       03:40:37
102VICENTEEmetrioGUA       OTL

Photo: Cameron Mackenzie

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