Cycling fans in Belgium, France, Spain and even the UK give a pretty good account of themselves when they are spectating races.
However, Colombian fans, known for their loud fanfare at big races like the Tour de France, have once again demonstrated why they are possibly the most passionate cycling fans out there.
A host of World Tour teams documented their time in South America as plenty of big name riders prepped themselves at the first iteration of the Colombia Oro y Paz, including Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Quick-Step Floor’s Fernando Gaviria.
— Quick-Step Cycling (@quickstepteam) February 11, 2018
Quick-Step posted a video of their star sprinter Gaviria being welcomed by the crowd in Manizales after the race’s final stage as he was awarded the points jersey. It was quite a race for the 23-year-old who recorded victories in the first three stages of the six stage race.
— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) February 10, 2018
Colombian climber Quintana didn’t garner the same success as his compatriot, recording just two stage podium finishes, but did see his brother Dayer Quintana take victory on the final stage of the race.
— Team Sky (@TeamSky) February 11, 2018
One standout rider at the maiden race was Team Sky’s latest signing, Egan Bernal, who at the tender age of 21 has already been likened to national hero Quintana. And it’s clear to see why after he took the overall title beating Quintana by eight seconds.
He also took the young rider’s jersey and the king of the mountains classification, showing himself to be the heir-apparent to Team Sky’s top seat should teammate Chris Froome’s career come to an early close.
With such fervent support and a whole roster of star studded riders taking part, it shouldn’t be long before this is a mainstay event of the season.