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Arlenis Sierra starts today as general leader in Tour de l'Ardèche

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 9 (ACN) After winning the first stage, Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra will start today the second day of the 19th Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche as leader of the general classification, among 205 elite cyclists from 20 multinational teams.

Today's leg will be 122.64 km from Anneyron to Beauchastel, with the grand prix mountains of Col de Barbe Bleu, Côte de Talencieux, Les Oziers, Côte de Cornas and Col du Rotisson.

On Wednesday, the Cuban clocked 3:10:02 hours to win the final sprint amid a mass arrival at the 111.95 km finishing line in Barjac.

On August 29, Sierra won the Giro della Toscana in Italy for the second time in a row. In 2019, as captain of the Astana Women's Team, she finished ninth in Ardèche, won by the Dutch Marianne Vos, the multiple Olympic and world champion in road, track and cyclo-cross.

Besides the Cuban, the A.R. Monex Women's Team competes in France with the Mexican Ariadna Gutíerrez, the Italians Katia Ragusa and María Victoria Sperotto, the Russian Mariia Miliaeva and the French Jade Teolis, just 10 days before the Road Cycling World Championship,
scheduled from the 19th to the 26th of this month in Belgium.

Tomorrow, on the third of the seven days of the event, the cyclists will have to cope with the 133.858-km-long circuit in Avignon.

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