After the provisional admission, happened in November 2012, the Movement Pour un Cyclisme Credible permanently welcomed Team Colombia as a member Team during its General Assembly, held in Paris on February 7th 2013. After General Manager Claudio Corti represented the Team’s ethical and health statutes, Team Colombia was voted as a new member of the movement of reflection, created with the mission to operate any necessary mean, to allow the cycling to find its image.
Meanwhile, in Southern France, wind was once again on of the main players at 2013 Tour Mediterraneen, where Team Colombia faced its first time trial of the season, a 24 km test from Cap d’Agde to Sete. The second stage of the French stage race was won by Dutchman Lars Boom (Blanco), who crossed the finishing line on the Mont Saint-Claire in 32.25, 22 seconds less than Belgian Maxime Monfort (Radioshack) and 36 less than Antoine Roux (FDJ). Boom is also the new leader of the race with three stages to go.
The strong wind from the left side of the road affected the whole test, particularly the early runners – and Team Colombia riders were no exception. “Today the flurries (up to 70 km/h) made things way tougher – our riders are pretty light and short sized, and they obviously suffered today’s conditions even further,” Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli explained.
“Good news is that Chaves, Camacho and Arango recovered well after yesterday’s crashes, and we will be ready to go for the next three stages, and particularly for the two mountain ones. We will definitely be looking to show up.”
Tomorrow’s stage, L’Estace-St. Remy de Provence (140 km), has been cancelled by the organization, reportedly due to safety reasons. Hence, the race will continue on Saturday with the fourth stage, from Rousset to the uphill finish in Toulon – Mont Faron (145 km).