Days after his European road debut in a Team Colombia jersey at Tour Mediterraneen, Juan Esteban Arango flew to Minsk (Belarus) on Tuesday, February 19th to take part to the upcoming Track World Championships (February 20-24, 2013). The 26-year-old from Medellin has got two days marked on his agenda: Friday 22 and Saturday 23, when he will go for gold in the Omnium, a specialty that saw him score a number of great results in the recent past.
“After recovering from Mediterraneen’s effort, I started some focused training to set up for the challenge” – Arango explained. “I have been working for two days with track bike at the Velodrome in Montichiari, a very nice one, and then I went for three days on the Lake Garda, training on road bike.”
Juanes is facing the Worlds race with strong motivation, but also with the serenity coming from a good start of his Italian adventure: “It’s a very good experience. At the beginning, you sense a big difference right away, notably it terms of climate, but I am really happy with my adaptation and settling in the new context. I am now perfectly settled in the time zone – that could make quite a difference at the Worlds too – and I like living in Italy: I am now familiar with everything around me, and I feel like home.”
Having focused his winter training on Minsk’s Worlds, Arango doesn’t hide: “I feel pretty good, my condition is improving and I am in Belarus to go for a podium. Opponents like Olympic Champion Lasse Norman Hansen can’t be ignored, but I feel confident in my medal chances.” Good luck, Juanes!