Cuba chooses Sierra for road race in Rio Olympics

Cuban Arlenis Sierra was chosen by the national cycling commission to represent the country in the women’s road event in Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics next August.

After completion on May 31 st of the qualifying round, Cuba must opt for only one of the two strong candidates who reached the ticket to Rio -Sierra herself and Iraida Garcia, reigning monarch of the Pan American Championships in Táchira, Venezuela, Hector Ruiz, national cycling commissioner, told ACN.

Despite the good shape shown by Garcia during the season, there were crucial the vast experience and excellent results also achieved by Arlenis this year as the crown conquered in the Tour of Costa Rica, the second seat at the Venezuelan event, where she escorted Garcia on the podium, and the bronze medal in the Tour of San Luis, Argentina.

It also should be noted her record, especially at continental level where she exhibits titles of Zacateca (2013) and Puebla (2014) and the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games, all in Mexico.

Thus, Sierra completes the triad of Cuban riders to the South American competition, along with the track specialists, Lisandra Guerra, who qualified in keirin and speed events, and Marlies Mejías, in the omnium, figure which equals the number of participants in Beijing 2008.

The Caribbean nation holds as best result in summer events the silver medal won by Yoanka Gonzalez in the points race in the Asian city itself.

The executive added that as part of the preparation, a team of six riders will undergo from June 27th to July 18th a training base in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes, under tutelage of Coach Leonel Alvarez.

The squad will be made up by Sierra, Garcia, Mejias, Claudia Baró, Mailín Sanchez and Idaris Cervantes, with the exception of Guerra, who is training at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.

Written by ACN, Cuba Sí

June 10, 2016

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