Seasoned rider to debut in ‘Hell’

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Spanish pro Edgar Nohales Nieto leads a peloton during one of the Union Cycliste Internationale Asia Tour races he joined in Indonesia. (Contributed Photo)

Veteran Spanish pro Edgar Nohales Nieto will be tested tomorrow when he competes in the 12th Hell of the Marianas Century Cycle Race.

Nieto has been joining tournaments across Asia for a decade, but this will be his first time to participate in Saipan’s premier bike race—a 100-kilometer tour around the scenic spots on the island.

The 33-year-old has a long list of races and made impressive finishes in several of them, notably the 2017 Tour de Flores—a multi-day cycling event in the Indonesian’s island. He ruled the mountain classification of the race and topped the Stage 4 (170K) of the Union Cycliste Internationale Asia Tour-sanctioned tournament after timing in at 4:47:29.

Besides the Tour de Flores, Nieto also joined the 2018 Tour de Singkarak and Tour de Molvcass in Indonesia, 2016 Stage Jelajah and 2019 Tour of Peninsular in Malaysia, 2017 Tour of Xingtai in China, and the 2017 Le Tour de Filipinas in the Philippines.

This year, the Spaniard raced in Tour of Fuzhou and Tour of Quanzhou Bay in China, Tour of Peninsular, International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen, Tour of Indonesia, Tour de Iskander Johor in Malaysia, and Ronda Pilipinas in the Philippines.

In the Hell of Marianas this Saturday, Nieto will be up against Marko Pavlic of Slovenia, Toshiki Nagatsuka of Japan, Kevin Biffiger of Australia, and Hong Kong’s Hei Nok Wong, Christopher Chung Who, and Felix Yuen Chi Ho.

Pavlic had a busy 2019, as he participated in the the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, White Spot Delta Road Race, Tour de Beauce, Tour of Taiyuan, Tour of Gila, and Joe Martin Stage race.

Nagatsuka is a member of the Yowamushi Pedal Cycling Team, one of the Japan Bicyclist Club Federation Pro Tour squads. Biffiger, on the other hand, is with Taylor Cycles Team and finished first in the Towoombah 160K Road Race and Noosa 160K Classic, and seventh in the Queensland State Time Trial.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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