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Rigoberto Uran, Fernando Gaviria, and Nairo Quintana all lent their support to the upcoming Colombia Oro y Paz stage race by appearing at the official presentation of the event, held Thursday in Bogota. In addition to the route announcement, the event, slated for February 6-11, 2018, announced that Spaniard Alberto Contador and Italian Ivan Basso will attend as special guests.
Movistar, Team Sky, Quick-Step Floors, and EF Education First-Drapac will be the four WorldTour teams at the 2.1 stage race, which will surpass the 2.2 Vuelta a Colombia as the most important race in the country. Pro Continental teams committed include Manzana Postobón (Colombia), Israel Cycling Academy (Israel), UnitedHealthcare (USA), Androni-Sidermec (Italy), Euskadi-Murias (Spain), Burgos-BH (Spain), Holowesko-Citadel (USA), and CCC Sprandi Polkowice (Poland).
— Col Oro y Paz 2.1 (@ColOroyPaz) December 7, 2017
Quintana confirmed his participation alongside his brother, Dayer, and Colombians Carlos Betancur and Winner Anacona. Gaviria and Urán are also committed. Team Sky has not confirmed its roster, but it will likely include Colombians Sergio and Sebastian Henao, and perhaps new signing Egan Bernal.
“I’m very happy because it is a very important event,” Uran said. “As I’ve said, it is an event that Colombia needed, a race where we could participate because until now we only have the possibility of racing in Colombia in the national championship, and now we will have international teams that come to participate. It is important to show the infrastructure of Colombia and be able to share with the people.”
During the event the official route was also revealed, which will have six stages, starting with a circuit in Palmira. The president of the Colombian Cycling Federation, Jorge Ovidio González, said that in 2019 the race will be held in Antioquia, and in 2020, the Olympic year, Boyacá will be its headquarters.
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