The start of an exciting new season is getting closer and closer for Team Colombia. On Friday, January 18th, the Escarabajos will fly to Italy, where they will finally rejoin the team staff and have some days to re-settle into the European lifestyle before the early races of the season. Only Edwin Avila, Juan Esteban Arango and Duber Quintero will join the group a few days later.
To hit the ground running in a crUCIal season for Claudio Corti’s outfit, set to make its debut in Grand Tours in May at the Giro d’Italia, the technical staff once again choseTrentino, Northern Italy, to finalize the rider’s preparation ahead of their debut in 2013.
Team Colombia named Arco, near the Lake Garda, for their final 4-day training camp, from January 28th to 31st. The whole Team roster will endure a very intense time: apart from some training session in the enchanting and mountainous scenario, the official photo and video shooting and the team’s media training will also take place in Trentino.
To end the 4-days stint, on January 31st the Escarabajos will make their first recognition on 2013 Giro d’Italia route: in fact, the Team will reach Mori, where the start of stage 17 uphill time trial is set, and will go all the way to Polsa on the 19,4 km route. A very interesting test that Team Colombia’s riders will definitely face with increased determination, and will give the technical staff some very important indications for the first races of the year.
The training camp in Arco will also mark the first stint with the Team for new-signing Leonardo Duque: the experience rider could not take part to December’s concentration in Zipaquirà (colombia) to stay with new-born son Eduardo, and is now looking forward to really get into the new environment at Team Colombia.