The summer race break for Team Colombia is coming to an end, as in the weekend, on July 26th and 27th, the Escarabajos will be back in action in Italy at GP Industria e Artigianato – Larciano and Giro di Toscana. Seven of Claudio Corti’s riders travelled back to Italy on Tuesday July 22nd, and will line-up at the start of both races, guided from the team car by Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli.
The Colombian Cycling Federation officialised the list of the teams that will take part to the 2014 Vuelta a Colombia, to be raced from August 6th to 17th. Topping this list is Team Colombia, that will make its comeback to the biggest National stage race two years after the debut in 2012.
It has been a week since Team Colombia riders have travelled back to Colombia for some weeks of training while spending time with their families, and yesterday Claudio Corti joined them in South America as well. The General Manager is in Colombia to hold some meetings with the team’s institutional partners, starting with Coldeportes and Director Andres Botero, to lay down the basis for 2015 season.
Final fixture ahead of the “summer break” for Team Colombia: after competing in Slovenia and France, the Team is headed to the Giro dell’Appennino, in Italy, looking to provide a strong display before travelling to Colombia to spend three weeks of training next to their families.
An exciting Giro d’Italia is just behind us, but there’s little time to rest, as the season goes on for Team Colombia’s Escarabajos. Just three days removed from the Corsa Rosa, an eight-man line-up directed by Oscar Pellicioli and Oliverio Rincon will take the start at the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg, with the classic 2,55 km evening prologue to get things started in Luxembourg city.
After an intense weekend of climbs and emotions, featuring Jarlinson Pantano’s third place in Oropa and Fabio Duarte’s second in Montecampione, Team Colombia enjoyed a well-deserved rest day on Monday May 26th.
Team Colombia offers its most sincere sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the tragedy happened today, Monday May 19th, in Fundacion, Colombia, where 32 children lost their lives in a bus arson.
In less than 24 hours, Team Colombia riders will start their travel to the 97th Giro d’Italia: the team’s cars and trucks already took their way on Sunday, and tomorrow night the riders and the technical staff will reach their hotel in Belfast (Northern Ireland).
Fabio Duarte's overall fourth place in a top-level Giro del Trentino lights up Team Colombia’s ambitions for the Giro d’Italia and – earlier than that – for the monument classic the Escarabajos are about to race for the first time on Sunday April 27th: Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
More bureaucratic troubles are upsetting Team Colombia’s riders in the view of Giro d’Italia, and not only that. In fact, the UK Embassy in Italy did not return their passports to the Colombian riders, who had filed for UK Visas – with a urgent procedure – on April 10th and 14th. Claudio Corti’s team was supposed to fly to the Tour of Turkey tomorrow, April 25th, but now the team’s participation to the race is seriously at risk.
The new design of the team’s shorts will debut at the Giro del Trentino to stay until the end of the season.
A few weeks are left, and it will be Giro d’Italia again for Team Colombia, but it’s still too early to pack luggage for Northern Ireland. Ahead of Belfast, more important fixtures expect Claudio Corti’s riders – way too prestigious to be a mere setup to the first Grand Tour of the season.
Thanks to Team Colombia Miguel Angel Rubiano’s success in Cartagena (Colombia) on Saturday April 12th, in a few days – at Fleche Wallonne – the Colombian National Champion’s jersey will make its appearance in European races, showing up for the first time in some of the biggest races in the World, such as Liege-Bastogne-Liege and, obviously, Giro d’Italia.
The biggest fixtures of the first half of the season are getting close for Team Colombia, and after the joy for the National title won by Miguel Angel Rubiano, the Escarabajos are headed to Belgium for a “dry run” of the two big Ardennes Classics waiting for them a week later – Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
After many years, the Colombian National Champion’s jersey will be back in the peloton at the Giro d’Italia, and will have a Team Colombia logo impressed on it: the credit goes to Miguel Angel Rubiano, who delivered his first Team Colombia win in Cartagena, outsprinting a 13-man group that had broken away around the halfway stage. Rubiano took a neat edge to the finish, ahead of Lampre-Merida’s Winner Anacona and former Team Colombia rider Juan Pablo Suarez (EPM-Une).
Avila and Arango back to the road at Coppi e Bartali. Duarte and Duque in Corsica at Criterium International.
After some days training away from races, it’s now time for Team Colombia to get back in the mix: Italian one-day race GP Nobili Rubinetterie expects Claudio Corti’s Escarabajos on Thursday, March 20th.
Team Colombia rider Edwin Avila gave his team and his whole Nation an incredible joy by winning the Points Race gold medal and bringing to his Country its first gold medal in the 2014 Track World Championships in Calì in the night of Friday, February 28th. It was an outstanding effort by the 24-year-old native of Calì, that doubled the World title he had clinched in the same specialty back in 2011 in Appeldoorn (Netherlands).
Team Colombia is heading back to GP Lugano, two years later after the last edition to date, due to last year’s cancellation for a snowstorm. It will be a good chance for Fabio Duarte, who has a 2nd place in this race under his belt: it was 2011 when he finished behind Ivan Basso after a 2-man action.
“Road cycling made me stronger”