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by Mark Zalewski
July 21, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Zakarin climbs to Tour de France stage win, Froome extends GC lead; Spratt wins penultimate stage of Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen; GC Leader Buts sprints to stage 4 win in Qinghai Lake; Jelle Wallays wins Grand Prix Cerami; Sagan signs €6 million contract with Bora-hansgrohe; Cavendish leaves Tour de France on second rest day to prepare for Olympics; Your guide to La Course by le TDF; First all-black women’s pro cycling team forming in Africa; Henao on riding against former flatmate; New professiona; Cyclist hit by vehicle on first ride with camera; Sagan: Life is like a movie (part 2)
Like many non-European riders who come to Europe to pursue a professional career, Sergio Henao sought out compatriots to make living away from home easier. He shared an apartment in Pamplona with fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana, who raced for a rival team. Now Henao is racing against his friend as he works for Sky team leader Chris Froome in the Tour de France.
Colombian rider Sergio Henao will lead Team Sky at the Vuelta
“When we both arrived in Europe in 2012 we had the opportunity to live in Pamplona in the same house,” Henao told AFP. “We lived for two years — training together, riding the same races — in the same place. Already then you could see he was a very ambitious youngster with a lot of desire to be different and not just a normal Colombian rider in Europe,” said Henao of his friend. “He wanted to take chances — look where he is now, one of the best riders in the world.”
It is not unusual for riders from different teams that live in the same location to train together. However, living under the same roof with someone you must then ride against is different.
“We were like a family. We’re like brothers. Everything went well in the house,” said Quintana. “And in the races, we did what our teams told us. That’s our job. We separated work and friendship. In the house, everything was great, like a family.”
“He has his job and I have mine. He has the ambition of winning the Tour and obviously he’s been very close,” added Henao of Quintana, twice runner-up to Froome at this race in 2013 and 2015. “All Colombians are dreaming of this (Quintana winning the Tour). You could say that my objective here is to prevent him from winning so Froome can do so, but each of us is doing his job very well.”
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