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by Shane Stokes

February 2, 2018

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Quintana and Henao spearhead Movistar and Sky teams in new Colombian race

by Shane Stokes

Top Colombian GC contender Nairo Quintana will begin his season next Tuesday when he lines out in the new Colombia Oro y Paz stage race. The 2.1-ranked event will begin with three sprint stages, then reach the mountains next Friday with a race to the top of the category three El Tambo.

Saturday’s stage is described as a demanding hilltop finish in Salento, while the concluder on Sunday February 11 will be the Queen stage over the Torre Chipre climb.

Former Giro and Vuelta winner Quintana will, as expected, lead the Movistar team in the race. He will be joined by his brother Dayer and fellow Colombian Winner Anacona, as well as Antonio Pedrero, Víctor de la Parte and Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz.

Also riding is Sergio Henao, who will lead Team Sky’s squad in his homeland. He will be joined by countrymen Sebastian Henao – his cousin – and Egan Bernal, as well as team debutant Jonathan Castroviejo, Tao Geoghegan Hart and David Lopez.

“It’s such a good thing to have Team Sky here,” said Sergio Henao. “For us it’s something special to come back home. It allows people to get closer and better know the three Colombian riders in the team. It means a lot for Colombia to have a 2.1 level stage race with the presence of a team such as Sky and I think the race will grow in the future.”

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