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by Mark Zalewski
February 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hermans wins Tour of Oman, stage 2; Valderde wins Ruta Del Sol opener; Gaviria wins first stage of Volta ao Algarve; Riders’ association protests disc brake usage without further safety measures; After a shining Tour performance, Pantano nurturing a big long-term goal; 2017 Paris-Roubaix to feature more cobbles than in 2016; No Cauberg finish for Amstel Gold Race in 2017; 2017 Women’s Tour to finish in London; Inga Thompson returning to cycling to advocate for the women’s peloton; Shane Perkins to race with Russia in bid for Tokyo 2020; Successful surgery for Chris Butler; Abu Dhabi Tour announces provisional start list; ‘One More Brew’ Garburn Winter Cyclocross.
When Jarlison Pantano raced towards the finish line in Culoz during the 2016 Tour de France, many eyes were on his breakaway companion. Rafal Majka was the better-known rider, having previously taken three Tour stages plus one King of the Mountains title. His presence in the day’s break would put him back in the polka-dot jersey and set the stage for another classification victory, but he also wanted a stage win too.
Majka sat behind Pantano in the closing kilometre, using his experience to force the IAM Cycling rider to lead from the front. He then jumped hard, but his rival had more speed and blasted past him, hitting the line first. The victory confirmed his stage win the previous month in the Tour de Suisse, and showed that Colombia had another star.
The triumph followed on from previous success by that country in the Grand Tours. In the 1980s Lucho Herrera and Fabio Parra blazed the trail, winning stages in the three-week races. Herrera also won the 1987 Vuelta a España plus the mountains classification in each of the Grand Tours. Parra was second overall in the Vuelta and third in the Tour.
In the decades since then, the country’s successes continued. Oliviera Rincón, Nelson Rodríguez, Chepe González and Nelson Rodríguez all won stages at the Tour in the 1990s, while Félix Cárdenas, Santiago Botero and Mauricio Soler did the same the 2000s. Botero and Soler also won the Tour King of the Mountains prize.
More recently, riders such as Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chavez have shone in Grand Tours, keeping the Colombian tradition alive. Now Jarlison Pantano can be added to that list.
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