EFE · Road Competition · 01/13/2021
The Spanish scar Sevilla and the Colombians Jos Tito Hernndez and Bernardo Suaza lead Team Medelln that will participate in the Vuelta al Tchira to be held from January 17 to 24, announced the sports director Jos Julin Velsquez.
“We are going to Tchira with a strong team, we are going to compete in it, although we know it is a difficult race,” Velsquez said in a statement from the Colombian team.
The squad is completed by Fabio Duarte, Walter Vargas and Brayan Snchez, riders with whom the technician believes they can earn points to “try to repeat, for the third year in a row, to be the best team in America.”
Optimism is based on the achievements and experience of Colombian-Spanish Sevilla, multiple champion of the Return to Colombia and from Classic RCN, and Hernndez, current champion of the Clsico RCN.
Added to this is the achievements of Duarte, who has also been the champion of the Vuelta a Colombia, and Suaza’s own ambitions, a strong climber.
The Return to Tchira It will be the first competition of Team Medelln that saw its presentation frustrated in the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina, which like the Tour Colombia were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
The team will travel to Venezuela this Thursday and join other Colombian formations such as Orgullo Paisa, whose ranks will include Danny Osorio, Alexander Gil, Sebastin Castao, Edison Muoz, Kevin Cao and Johan Coln.
In the Vuelta al Tchira, Lotera de Boyac and the Italian team Androni will also compete, which will line up the Colombians Jhonatan Restrepo, Daniel Muoz and Santiago Umba.
The first Vuelta al Tchira was held in 1966 and was won by Colombian Martn Emilio `Cochise´ Rodríguez. The last beetle to climb to the top of the podium was Hernn Buenahora in 2007.
The Colombians have won this race 18 times and the Venezuelans 33 times.
This year’s lap is 891 kilometers long, divided into eight stages.
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