27 Feb 2018
Due to the forecast for severe weather conditions and, in order to ensure the health and safety of all race participants, race organizers along with UCI officials have decided to shorten the distance for tomorrow's BUFF® stage. An initial loop has been eliminated in favor of maintaining the BUFF® stage’s best sections, which now boast 61km with 1,427m of cumulative elevation gain instead of the original 91km. The 30 km stretch was removed from between kilometers 17.7-47.7 and has eliminated the Monte Cobre descent, as well as the climb through the village of Trassierra, the Artafi pass and the Baños de Popea.
The BUFF® stage will be configured as follows: starting from the city’s center, the route will ascend the Reventón and roll through the environs of Trassierra to head in the direction of Las Jaras and the Los Villares golf course. The road will be used for the transition to Cerro Muriano, giving racers a break until they head into some of the longest and most demanding descents to finish with the fluid and fun trails of Santo Domingo. It will be a stage filled with fans cheering for the riders.
18 Apr 2019