For the first three days, the race will be characterized by sprinter-friendly routes, while the 4th stage will finish on the short and steep Laudin climbs, with 10% average gradient peaking up to 20%. This stage and the 11 km ITT could have a huge influence on the overall classification.
Team Colombia will line-up with a young and motivated group of riders, featuring several new signings: Rodolfo Torres, who debuted at the GP Costa degli Etruschi, “el niño” Edward Diaz, Jonathan Paredes and Luis Largo, at their first appearance with the Escarabajos. The line-up led by Sports Directors Valerio Tebaldi and Oliverio Rincòn will also include Jeffry Romero, Carlos Julian Quintero, Jarlinson Pantano and Robinson Chalapud, all experienced riders who will look for a strong performance in the French race.”
“We have picked a good mix of more tested athletes and new faces”, Tebaldi explained. – “We will look to show up in the breaks in the first stages, and focus on the uphill finish to the Laudin climb. It’s a very demanding slope, but I feel we got some options to go for a good result.”
Etoile de Besseges (February 5th-9th)
Line-up: Robinson Chalapud, Edward Diaz, Luis Largo, Jarlinson Pantano, Jonathan Paredes, Carlos Quintero, Jeffry Romero, Rodolfo Torres
Sports Directors: Valerio Tebaldi, Oliverio Rincòn