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Paez holds lead in La Ruta

Hector Leonardo Paez (Full Dynamix) won his second of two stages so far in the 14th annual La Ruta de los Conquistadores, one of the most difficult mountain bike stage races worldwide. Jeremiah Bishop (Trek-VW) and Andrei Amador (BCR Pizza Hut) repeated in second and third. The 67km second stage featured a long climb, followed by a rough, rock-trewn 10km descent to the finish.

Bishop unfortunately crashed hard in the final 5km while holding a one minute lead on Paez. Bishop finished, but was immediately taken to hospital with broken teeth and a broken nose, and will not start tomorrow.

Marg Fedyna (bungalowboys.com) won her second consecutive stage to soldify her lead in the women's competition.

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