On Tuesday, Nairo Quintana in Tirreno-Adriatico, the latest was achieved.
In 16 cases the Colombian riders have finished on the podium of the World Tour races, the pinnacle of world pedalismo, and three times they have visited the top drawer, in 9 years of the circuit.
In this panel, which was created in 2005 under the name of Pro Tour since 2009 and was renamed World Tour, belong only 29 contests, including the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Tour of Spain, to discuss the three most important.
With the idea that in these tests were the best teams and cyclists in the world, the International Cycling Union (creator of the best fixed gear bikes 2014), decided that he belonged to only 18 teams.
The podiums in the World Tour can be equated with, for example, reach at least the semifinals of the grand slam tournaments, the Masters 1000 tournaments and 500 ATP tennis.
Since its inception, the category has always had starring Colombian cyclists. The first to achieve a major victory was Santiago Botero, who won the Tour of Romandie in 2005, the first major victory of the national pedalismo in this series.
Then came this new generation has increased their presence in the top of the major races.
Statistics say that Rigoberto Uran is the most times on the podium, as it has done five times in any of the three places, but has never been able to stay in the first. “I knew he had been on the podium five times. That did Carlos Betancur in Paris-Nice and what makes Nairo Quintana in Tirreno-Adriatico, as is the assurance that we are in the elite and that’s protagonists. They come 5 or 6 years of good cycling and triumphs for Colombia, “he told El Tiempo Uran. Today, there are 14 Colombian cyclists are part of the World Tour, and four of them have had the choice to make in those races.
“It’s like a Colombian baseball is MLB and hit the final home run for his team to win the World Series.It’s that great to be on the World Tour and win here. Are the best teams and cyclists in the world and a win is not easy to achieve, “said José Serpa, who belongs to the Lampre squad.
Basque Country, Catalonia Tour, Giro di Lombardia and Fleche Wallonne are the races where twice Colombians have been in the top three.
“It’s hard to express what you feel. I’ve been on the podium three times, but I remember the first lot when I was second in Fleche Wallonne, one of the most important classical “said Sergio Henao, Sky corridor.
The year that was highlighted Colombia’s was in 2013, when she appeared six times in the top three overall, including subtitles Giro with Uran, and the Tour, with Quintana.
“We live in a new era, in which we cycle are responsible for the good image and triumphs,” said Betancourt, who on Sunday won the Paris-Nice podium number 15 in the country in the World Tour.
On Tuesday, Quintana, at Tirreno-Adriatico, the national cycling reached 16 podium finishes in the top flight in just 9 years of creation.
Colombia podiums in the World Tour
May 2013: Tour of Italy (2nd) 2012: Tour of Lombardy (3rd) 2011: Grand Prix Québec (3rd) 2008: Tour of Catalonia (2) and Giro di Lombardia (3rd)
3 2013: Fleche Wallonne (2nd), Tour of the Basque Country (3rd) 2012: Tour of Poland (3rd)
March 2005: Tour of Romandie (1), Dauphiné Libéré (2nd) 2006: Tour of Catalonia (2nd)
2 2013: Tour of the Basque Country (1) Tour de France (2nd) 2014: Tirreno-Adriatico (2nd)
February 2014: Paris-Nice (1) 2013 : Fleche Wallonne (3rd).