In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
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Luisa Fernanda became the general manager of the Manzana Postobon team nine years ago as an outsider to the sport, with the Colombia Es Pasion directors looking to shake things up due to the state of Colombian cycling. With her oversight the team has progressed, developing such talent as Quintana, Chaves, Pantano, Atapuma, Henao. With increased financial backing the team was recently invited as a wildcard to the Vuelta a España. Here is an excerpt from the feature:
How did you get the news about the Vuelta a España?
We were told the decision would be made in April. So we were surprised when, on the 27th of March, the news broke through social media. We were at the Vuelta a Catalunya, at the hotel, and we couldn’t believe it. It was emotional, because I’ve been with the team for nine years, and during that time we’ve been through a lot. Many setbacks, having to start from scratch again and again…so it was fantastic news.
What does this invitation means for the team in terms of the race calendar, in terms of budget or anything else that might have to shift or change as a result?
In terms of our calendar, nothing changes. Because the moment we decided that the Vuelta was our goal, we chose our races around that. And that even includes the work we are doing now. We have a block of races coming up now in France. All one-day races, which we are using to get our young riders acclimated to racing in Europe, in technical situations. So they can see and feel what it’s like to race there.Then we have another block of races with Asturias, Comunidad de Madrid, and later Burgos. So all these races are once we picked with the thought of working toward the Vuelta, and to help our young riders get the experience they need. Because we have a very, very young team.
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