KRAVITZ JEFFERY crossed the finish line first with his other three teammates in tow but it was Alanzo Ambrose who was herald as the champion when Guyana’s male team comfortably took the Inter Guiana Games Road Race championship yesterday in Suriname.
Jeffery clocked 1h. 50m: 26secs to clear the 69 kilometres course, as his national teammates in Shaquille Agard, Alanzo Ambrose and Akeem Arthur crossed the finish three seconds later, with French Guiana’s Raphael Janvio (1:53.01) rounding off the top five finishers of the race which was called the ‘Ambrose’ show.
Twenty one (21) days prior to yesterday’s race, with the exception of Jeffery, the other three riders participated in the Junior Caribbean Championship where Ambrose copped bronze and yesterday he (Ambrose) felt right at home, breaking out from the peloton after they had covered approximately 10Km.
While Ambrose paced alone, Agard, Jeffery and Arthur were joined by Janvio as the Frenchman did his best to keep up with the Guyanese but it would eventually prove the men from ‘GT’ were too good and too strong for him.
Ambrose had amassed an almost two minutes lead on the other cyclist and the Guyanese showed patriotism; stalling to allow his teammates to ‘catch-up’
It was a show of appreciation for their highly strategic riding, with the plan being for the quartet to cross the finish line together but Jeffery had other plans as he came off his saddle and sprint home with about 20 meters before the finish.
While supporters celebrated, the Guyanese cyclists, especially Ambrose were furious with Jeffery’s action and an argument broke out after they had all dismounted their cycles.
Chronicle Sport was informed that Ambrose said he already took the limelight for his Caribbean Championship accomplishment so too did Arthur, the 2012 Caribbean Championship silver medallist and Agard was chosen to take the ‘spotlight’.
Meanwhile, while the men celebrated, Guyana’s female cycling team were not as fortunate with Suriname winning that event.
(By Rawle Toney in Suriname)