Fabio Duarte, Team Colombia, Giro d'Italia 2013

Team Colombia's 2014 season has been handed a boost after being named on the long-list for a wildcard place in next year's Giro d'Italia. General manager, Claudio Corti, is also looking to sign new riders to bolster the team's roster if he can secure the funding.

The squad is also hoping to get a ride in the 2014 Tour de France. "It's like having two beautiful girls in front of you, you must decide between the French and the Italian," Corti told Cycling Weekly before flying from Milan to Bogotá to meet with the sports minister who sponsors the team. "Instead of the Tour de France, right now, we want to put our energy towards racing the Giro d'Italia again."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.