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Matthews nosed out

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Matthews nosed out

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The podium finishes just keep coming for Darren Matthews.
Barbados’ premier cyclist just missed out on yet another victory on foreign soil, placing second in yesterday’s first stage of a three-day, five-stage event in Guyana.
Competing against teams from Curacao, Aruba and Suriname, Matthews and Team Cocos teammate Jaime Ramirez broke away from the peloton 22 kilometres into the race before Ramirez pipped the Bajan ace at the line. The teammates finished over two minutes ahead of the pack.
Ramirez’s countryman Antonio Alarcon made it a clean sweep for Team Cocos when he placed third.
The result comes on the heels of Matthew’s surreal performance in Tobago, where the 21-year-old won the International Cycling Union-sanctioned Tour Of Tobago after dominating the Tobago Classic.
The events serve as preparation ahead of next weekend’s Caribbean Elite Championships in Antigua. (JM)