Coppi e Bartali, Quintero saves overall top-10 on tough day

The final stage of Settimana Coppi e Bartali did not bring to Carlos Julian Quintero and Team Colombia-Coldeportes the news they had been hoping for, but the 29-year-old’s determination helped him to grab an overall top-10 placement in the Italian stage race, in spite of a tough final day. South-African Louis Mentjes (MTN-Qhubeka) jumped away of anyone else on the last climbs of the 152 km stage from Pavullo to Roccapelago, taking the stage and the overall win. Damiano Cunego (Nippo-Fantini) and Davide Rebellin (CCC-Sprandi) took the other two steps of the day’s podium, while overnight leader Ben Swift (Team...

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Pedraza closes Catalunya on the attack

Colombia-Coldeportes’ Walter Pedraza was among the main figures of Vuelta a Catalunya’s 7th and final stage, Barcelona-Barcelona of 126 km, on Sunday March 29th. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) gave everything he had in the final to try and strip the leader’s jersey away of Richie Porte (Team Sky), but it was not enough for the Spaniard to take his third stage win in Catalunya, ahead of Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Sergei Chernetckii (Katusha) to see off the Australian in the GC. Porte won the general classification with a 4-second gap on Valverde and 5 seconds on Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale), while...

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Colombia-Coldeportes’ statement on Contador’s crash

Following Tinkoff-Saxo’s statement on their official Facebook page concerning Alberto Contador’s accident in Vuelta a Catalunya stage 6, initially claiming one of our team riders had caused the Spaniard’s crash, and published by several medias, Team Colombia-Coldeportes wishes to clarify what follows. Leonardo Duque was the only Colombia-Coldeportes’ rider in Contador’s group with 2 km to go. Having a teammate ahead of the pack, Duque moved to the fore with the intention of signaling to a motorbike riding too close to the lead of the bunch under the race rules. Duque took a  bend in first position, and eventually heard...

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