Colombia’s Road World Championships team to race in Norway in September looks pretty unstoppable after the Colombian Cycling Federation released its stellar preselection list.
Bagging both a podium spot and a stage win at the Tour de France, Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) was this year’s dark horse but with his talent now on full show the Colombian Cycling Federation looks set to take advantage and have named him the line-up.
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The 23-year-old rider hasn’t raced since the Hammer Series after the Giro d’Italia, but will hope he can carry some form into the Worlds and get over the tough climbs of the Bergen course to try and contest the victory.
While the list is provisional, Uran and Gaviria have both stated intentions of going to the Worlds to perform and with an incredible year in the bag for the pair of them.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has also made the initial cut despite a year to forget for the climbing specialist.
Initially hoping to win the Giro-Tour double, his season dreams took a blow after losing the Giro d’Italia on the final day. His misery was compounded after a poor Tour de France saw him record his lowest ever finish at the race with a 12th place finish.
Orica-Scott’s Esteban Chaves found himself on the list even though 2017 has been a year plagued with illness.
Chaves struggled to survive the Tour de France after a pre-race illness dogged his performance for the three weeks, but he’ll now lead Orica-Scott alongside the Yates brothers at the Vuelta a España before a potential ride at the Worlds.
With a plethora of talent on their radar, Colombian cycling fans are enjoying a golden generation of riders and they’ll be hoping they can live up to the mark in Bergen later this year.
This year’s men’s World Championships Road Race is set to take place in Bergen on September 24 with 276.5km course.