On Thursday May 2nd, in the afternoon Darwin Atapuma will represent the Team in the press conference with the most expected protagonists of the upcoming Giro, while on Friday 3rd it will be time for the big official presentation ceremony in Piazza del Plebiscito, in downtown Naples, where the team will parade at 16.36 CET. It is going to be a very special moment for Colombian sport as a whole, the beginning of a dream nurtured for over a year with the key help and support of Coldeportes and its Director, Andres Botero.
In Colombia there’s growing excitement for the pink race, but the South American Country will also manage to bring its support and encouragement in Italy, where the “Tricolor” representatives will be the fourth national contingent in terms of numbers at the 96th Giro d’Italia, sporting 15 riders, including 9 from Team Colombia. In addition to the numerous Colombian community based in Naples, no less than three very important diplomatic official will attend the official presentation and the race’s first stage, Naples-Naples of 130 km.
Indeed, Colombian Ambassador in Italy, Juan Manuel Prieto Montoya, decided to attend in first person the comeback of a Colombian team at the Giro after 20 years, and will be joined by Colombian Embassy’s Counselling Minister Sylvia Amaya Londoño and Colombia’s Honorary Consul in Naples, Antonio Maione.
Such an outstanding official backing is clearly perceived by Claudio Corti’s guys, who will have one more reason to give their all and fight for Colombian pride at the Giro.