Saturday September 20th’s Memorial Marco Pantani, in Italy, will be Team Colombia’s final race before leaving to the Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain (September 22-28): the event will not only involve the two riders selected for the élite road race - Carlos Julian Quintero and Miguel Angel Rubiano – but the whole Claudio Corti’s team structure, staff and logistics, in their role as official partners of the Colombian Selecciόn.
With two weeks to the Road World Championships road race in Ponferrada (Spain), Team Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rubiano and Carlos Julian Quintero continue their run up for the event they are taking part to for Colombia for – respectively – the fifth and first time.
Two late-season semi-classics expect Team Colombia in Northern Europe in the upcoming weekend, on September 6th and 7th.
Team Colombia’s season follows in France: after Tour de l’Ain, Tour du Limousin and Chaterroux Classic, the Escarabajos are now about to tackle the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, five stages in four days of race, from August 26th to 29th.
Team Colombia quickly shook off an unspectacular team time trial in Vuelta a Colombia stage 2, with Jeffry Romero celebrating his first win of the season at the end of a whole stage on the attack, on the way from San Gil and Barbosa (116 km). Romero also enjoyed his first win in a Team Colombia jersey, as well as his maiden one in Colombia’s biggest stage race.
The proficient cooperation between Claudio Corti’s Team Colombia, the Colombian Ministry of Sports Coldeportes and the Colombian Cycling Federation continues and steps to a bigger level.
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.