Mara Abbott (UnitedHealthcare) won the overall crown at the Vuelta a El Salvador on Sunday, a day after her impressive attack in stage 4.
Abbot, whose late surge up the San Salvador Volcano earned her the stage 4 win, stayed with her teammates during Sunday’s final stage to clinch the victory. Her teammate Hannah Barnes sprinted to a third-place result on the day."
Update on Heli crash: Heli crashed in trees and electricity cabels. 4 passengers all with fractures but still alive. #vueltaelsalvador— Peter van der Veen (@petervdveen) March 13, 2014
Stage 2 of the Vuelta El Salvador ended in chaos, with a helicopter crash. This is a race that has far too much drama - last year a car crashed into a whole Team Time Trial team - NOT a race I’d want to ride
This stage was run through some of the worst traffic I have ever witnessed in a race. We come to expect this here every year but it is a small miracle everyday that we get through without getting the body bags out. That the Giro della Toscana is awarded the highest rating the UCI can bestow on an event is puzzling, to be polite.
On the other hand, we lost Sungeun [Gu]. She broke her bike at the 20km mark and made her way back in the bunch just as it was starting the first climb up La Molina. She got dropped again and the group she was in was pulled out of the race at the 75 km mark as the traffic made it too dangerous for them to continue. You get that around here!
Then there was the eternally bad traffic. Thankfully the bunch stayed together until the very last lap, which helped to keep all safe. Riders are telling us they are afraid to ride into corners at speed, as they do not know what awaits them around the corner. I had a word with the officials before the race and, apparently, they are aware there is a problem. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to that one."
There have been a LOT of tweets from riders about how dangerous the Giro Toscana is turning out to be for riders, with lots of traffic in the race, and stupid situations that are completely unnecessary. This is the only .HC race on the women’s calendar, and it’s unacceptable that riders are being put in danger out there. These are the quotes from Marv Barras’ report on 2 stages, but I’ve seen this confirmed all over twitter, by lots of riders.
I’m glad teams are complaining to the race organisers, but I want a statement from them, about what they’ll do to protect riders, and I want to know what action the UCI will take - not to punish the race, but to ensure races are safe. I mean, remember the horrible crash in the Vuelta El Salvador, when a car hit the TTT team? (video, with a trigger warning) That’s what can happen when cars get into bike races.
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— Twitter / Amber Pierce - Vuelta El Salvador