Costa Rican cyclist Nieves Carrasco Tuesday won the eighth stage of the 12-stage Tour of Costa Rica international cycling competition.
Tuesday's race, dedicated to the head of state and known as the "President's Circuit," saw Carrasco, a member of the Coronado- Hotel los Lagos team, dominate as cyclists went eight rounds to cover 118.4 kilometers between the towns of La Aurora de Heredia and San Antonio de Belen, northwest of the capital San Jose.
Known as the Vuelta de Costa Rica in Spanish, the race features 12 stages between Dec. 17 and 29, with teams from Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Cuba and Costa Rica.
Carrasco clocked 2 hours, 52 minutes and 12 seconds to take the lead, with second place going to Colombia's Oscar Sanchez, who came in a minute and 3 seconds later. Costa Rica's Roman Villalobos finished third with two seconds further back.
Sanchez, who won the seventh leg Monday, maintains the overall lead with a total time of 23 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds, trailed by Villalobos, who is a minute and a second behind the leader.
The ninth stage takes place Wednesday, featuring a 143.9- kilometer track between the Pacific coast town of Jaco and Perez Zeledon, 80 kilometers southeast of San Jose.