Rathe takes stage win at Rutas de America in Uruguay
UPDATE: A video recap of the race is posted below
PASO DE LOS TOROS, Uruguay — Oregon’s Jacob Rathe took a four-up sprint from a group that finished just four seconds ahead of the chasing field to win Stage 4 of the Rutas de America, a UCI 2.2 stage race in Uruguay.
Rathe, who rides for the Team Chipotle development squad of the Garmin-Cervelo pro team, now sits 32nd overall, 2:31 behind leader Nestor Pias of Uruguay. Rathe’s teammate Raymond Kreder of the Netherlands is currently sixth overall, 10 seconds in arrears. Bend’s Kirk Carlson, who also rides with Team Chipotle, is 53rd overall, 5:16 back. Rathe also finished 20th on Stage 2.
Rathe spent most of the day in a five-rider breakaway group that included teammate Lachlan Morton of Australia. With the field closing fast at the finish, Morton provided a lead out for Rathe, who nipped Italian Fabio Felline and Spaniard Jose Luis Cano at the line.
The Rutas de America includes an international field of riders from Italy, Spain, Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, Belarus, Australia, Slovenia, Brazil, Argentina, and, of course, Uruguay. Hernan Cline won the past two editions in 2010 and 2009. The 2011 race continues Saturday with a short 105 km road race in the morning, followed by a 24 km time trial. A 182 km stage from Trinidad to Montevideo on Sunday closes out the week of racing.
Rathe and his Chipotle teammates will return to the states for the Redlands Bicycle Classic, March 31-April 3 in California.