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by Matt de Neef
June 20, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Miguel Angel Lopez wins the Tour de Suisse; Lizzie Armitstead wins the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain; Nairo Quintana victorious in the Route du Sud; Sep Vanmarcke wins the Ster ZLM Toer; Rein Taaramae takes victory in the Tour de Slovenie; The Trans Am and Tour Divide – The chase is on; Update on Keagan Girdlestone’s injuries; Peter Sagan to Bora-Argon 18?; Quintana, Chaves headline stacked Colombian team for the Olympic road race; Sean De Bie’s ‘custom’ leader’s jersey; Scaring Peter Sagan; Behind the scenes at the Tour de Kumano with State of Matter-MAAP; Le Ride – the 1928 Tour de France route on an era-correct bike.
Late last week the Colombian Cycling Federation announced its five-rider squad that will take on the men’s road events at the Rio Olympics, and an imposing squad it is too.
Giro d’Italia runner up Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) will be joined by Tour de France hopeful Nairo Quintana (Movistar), London Olympics silver medalist Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale), Sergio Henao (Sky) and recent Tour de Suisse winner Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
“We chose these riders based on their careers, form, and experience – in the case of Rigoberto Urán and Sergio Henao – at past Olympics,” said national coach Carlos Jaramillo. “Miguel López is in there because he’s a rider with a great future who has proven himself in big races. Also, it’s a course for climbers and he could lend us a very good hand in that respect.”
Jaramillo and Uran headed out to view the course earlier this month, confirming what was already known.
“It’s a really tough course, made for climbers,” he concluded. “It’s one of the most difficult circuits I’m seen and whoever wins will be a true Olympic king.”
Click through to read more at the Colombian Cycling Federation website.