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Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2021. 2:21 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: After being separated from the lead pack due to a spill in the first stage on Thursday, the three Belize cyclists had a much better showing on Friday in the second stage in the 21 km Amador Labyrinth.

Riding at midday and a bit more rested than the day before, when they had to fly from Guatemala in the morning, it’s not surprising they had a better performance.

Group coordinator, Hao Cheng Lee, said Stage 2 was divided into 2 heats because the course was not able to hold 165 riders. Jafari Castro was in heat #1. He finished in the 41st place overall. 

Li and Wasani Castro were in heat #2. Li finished 46th overall and Wasani was right behind him in 47th.

“The Americans keep showing their true strengths in classic criteriums unlike Belizeans that mostly race on one straight road,” Cheng Lee said.

Li said that they felt more confident with the high speeds going into the corners.

“I’ve never taken a 90-degree corner at 35 mph but I did here, literally every corner,” Li said.

“We just need to keep racing in these types of events to do well in the USA. That’s our main goal,” Wasani said.

The third stage, the Metro Park – Twilight – a 45 km criterium, 25 laps on a 1.8 km course, is on this evening at six.

The final stage is set for Sunday, the Metro Park – Pope Francis Grand Prix consisting of 82.5 km, 25 laps on a 3.3 km circuit.

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