AFTER five of 12 stages of the Tour of Trinidad & Tobago Unity Cycling Race, Jamaican Marloe Rodman, the defending champion riding for team Rafmon Mecalfab, was in 10th place, 39.37 seconds behind Yellow Jersey winner Colombian Edwin Vanegas of Cycling Team Krieger.
Another Jamaican Linford Blackwood, riding for Team Trek, was in 39th place and trailing by 10 minutes 29.38 seconds.
Team captain for Jamaica’s five-member team, Shaquille Sinclair, a two-time national junior champion, was in 42nd place and 14 minutes 07.75 seconds behind.
Meanwhile, Oniel Samuels, also competing for Team Trek, held on to 47th place and lagging behind at 20 minutes 56.41 seconds.
In sight of Samuels and three places back was Jamaica cocaptain Thailer Hill, who, like Sinclair, is an Under-23 cyclist. Hill was 28 minutes 26.44 seconds off the pace.
Jason Briscoe, the other Jamaican in the top 53, was over half an hour off with 40 minutes 46.29 seconds.
Raphael Merane of Team Foundation won the sprint green jersey, Jamie Ramirez of Team Petrotrin took the King of the Mountain Jersey, and Darren Matthews of Team Cocos, in eighth place, grabbed the Under-23 white jersey.
Rodman, in the meantime, was off in a blaze, winning the first round, Stage two, in a record time last Thursday.
He won the 15-km hill time trial at the San Fernando Hill in one hour 52.30 seconds, breaking his previous mark.
“This year I came back for it and set the fastest time,” Rodman told the Trinidad Guardian.
The Tour of T&T series is being called the “Tour de France of the Caribbean” with 45 of the 75 cyclists being foreigners while organiser of the event, Anthony Commissiong, labelled it the “Biggest cycling tour of the Caribbean”.