Colombia Oro y Paz: Rigoberto Uran strongest in Salento

Rigoberto Urán has won the fifth stage in the Colombia Oro y Paz after a spectacular final climb. After 164 kilometers of race Urán, Quintana, Henao and Bernal had to sprint for victory. Urán turned out to be the fastest of the group. Alaphilippe loses his leader's jersey to Quintana. Early escape gets little space In the fifth stage of the Colombia Oro y Paz, eleven riders went to Salento early in the race. There were no big names in this group, but due to the still small time differences in the rankings, Quick-Step Floors never let the lead go…

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Colombia Oro y Paz: The professional peloton returns

After many years of absent, there will again be a UCI held cycling race in Colombia with World Tour teams on the startlist. We are talking about the new Colombia oro y paz race, which will be held from 6 until 11 February. The race is financed by the government, to celebrate the peace agreement with the FARC, and show this to the world. In cycling history, Colombia had some famous races before with some European and American professionals on the start list. The legendary Fausto Coppi tried several times in COlombia, but never succeeded. There was however one American,…

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Cycling in the hills of Nairo Quintana

It started with a simple request. How do I find a decent bike ride when I'm in a foreign city? I was heading to Colombia and had dreams of pedalling over the roads used by Nairo Quintana, the rider whose mountain stage attacks in the 2013 Tour de France set the whole race ablaze (he finished second behind Chris Froome), and who has just won this year's Giro d'Italia. First stop was to check all the cycling apps but, outside the UK and US, coverage is patchy; in Colombia, it's non-existent. I wasn't looking for an event, just a day's…

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