With support from a well-rounded squad, Alejandro Borrajo of Jamis/Sutter Home Men’s Cycling Team Presented by Colavita sprinted to a first place finish in Stage Two at the Rutas de America. The following day, Anibal Borrajo secured the podium with a second place win in Stage Three, bringing his GC standing to third.
Celebrating the victories with the Borrajo brothers were teammates Andy Guptill, Frank Travieso, Demis Aleman and Guido Palma, who helped lead Alejandro and Anibal to their podium finishes. Frank also holds the Sprint Leader Jersey for all three stages.
Andy Guptill, one of the most promising young cyclists racing in the North American peloton and a three-year veteran with Jamis/Sutter Home, is the team’s race commentator for the 2010 season. Here is his report from Stages One and Two of Rutas de America;
The wind was howling and rain was falling as riders lined up for the start of Stage One of Rutas de America, a grueling 112-mile race in the capitol city of Montevideo, Uruguay. After a long neutral procession through the streets of Montevideo, racing was underway with attacks right from the gun. Jamis/Sutter Home was aggressive from the start, and after only several kilometers of racing, Frank Travieso found himself in a solo breakaway. After riding alone for almost 25 miles, another rider was finally able to bridge to Frank and the two worked together, putting several minutes into the field. Several times throughout the day, the peloton would split into several pieces in the strong cross winds, which ultimately caught Alejandro Borrajo in a crash. Heading towards the finish, Frank and his breakaway companion were reeled in and the stage finished in a field sprint, with Anibal Borrajo finishing an excellent 5th. Frank’s time off the front did not go unrewarded as he dawned the Sprint Leader Jersey for having won both intermediate sprints during the stage.
The sun was shining for the start of Stage 2, another lengthy and windy 105 miles road race from Montevideo to Minas. Jamis/Sutter Home was attacking and covering moves from the start, with Demis Aleman and Guido Palma representing the team in a large break that finally got away after almost 25 miles of racing. The pace in the peloton did not settle for long, and soon the attacks started coming fast and furious once again. The field would blow apart and then regroup before blowing apart again, each time dropping some riders for good. Nearing the finish, two riders had established a small gap over the front group and it looked like they may make it all the way to the line. Alejandro realized this and jumped away from the group in pursuit. After chasing alone for more than three miles, Alejandro finally made contact with the two riders and the trio gave everything to stay away from the hard-charging peloton and maintained a small, 15-30 second advantage. Coming into the finishing straight, Alejandro was able to out-sprint his breakaway companions for the victory.
“I knew once I caught them, if we stayed away I could win,” said Alejandro. “I know those two other riders, and I am the better sprinter.”
It was an impressive and bold move on Alejandro’s part to bridge across to the riders, and a well deserved win. Frank also maintained his lead in the sprint competition, and continues to wear the green Sprint Leader Jersey.
“After training camp and Tour of San Luis, the men are performing skillfully together as a solid team,” said Sebastian Alexandre, Directeur Sportif of Jamis/Sutter Home Men’s Cycling. “After three successful stages, the team is well poised to stay on the podium for the remaining of Rutas de America.”