As always, I follow the Colombians in Grand Tours with sheer fascination, the 2017 Vuelta has the added interest away from the established Colombian stars taking part such listed below, along with a Colombian team with a historical sponsor from the 80’s era when Colombians previously appeared in the euro peloton, Postobon, which is basically Colombia’s answer to Irn-Bru.
Non Manzano Postobon Colombians taking part:
- Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo)
- Esteban Chaves (ORICA-Scott)
- Carlos Betancur (Movistar Team)
- Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)
- Miguel Ángel López (Astana)
Manzano Postobon Colombians taking part (7 of 9 from the team):
- Aldemar Reyes
- Team leader, most impressive performance this year is 6th place in the 7th Stage of the Volta Cyclist a Catalunya, a select group of 16 world climbing stars in same time as winner Valverde, sandwiched between Dan Martin in 5th & Romain Bardet in 7th. Should try & pull a surprise result.
- Hernan Aguirre
- 17th on GC in 2017 Vuelta a Burgos, won by Landa.
- Hernando Bohórquez
- Finished 7th in World U23 Road Race on two occasions, in 2012 & 2014.
- Fernando Orjuela
- 10th place on GC in Tour de Langkawi 2017
- Juan Felipe Osorio
- King of Mountains in 2017 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta, Dan Martin was 2nd in this classification.
- Juan Sebastian Molano
- In 2015 Tour of Turkey, he finished 4th in a bunch sprint, Cav won.
- Bernardo Suaza
As you can see, this is a solid team & when given the chance to perform against the World Tour teams, they get results. Add the fact that this is their biggest chance to show their skills to the DS’s of the big teams. They’ll be in breaks in the mountain stages, don’t be surprised to see their considerable climbing talent & bright pink kit in obvious view when the road tilts upwards for the next three weeks. When is the last time there were this many Colombians in a Grand Tour?