Team Colombia training camp in Arco, Italy, ended today after four days of fruitful job enjoying Garda Trentino’s sunny landscapes. Eighteen athletes under the guidance of General Manager Claudio Corti and Sport Directors Valerio Tebaldi, Oscar Pellicioli and Oliverio Rincon underwent an overall briefing looking forward seasonal debut at next week Tour Mediterranèen in France. The team training session was also open for the press to attend during the last two days.
“It was a great experience, Garda Trentino is a really beautiful area, the perfect one to ride – Team Manager Claudio Corti said – The guys trained every day for about three-four hours, on different routes. We also held meetings on topics such as race programme, dietary habits and media training. We noticed that the riders were very involved in our working method. This training camp was a positive experience also because of the perfect relationships the riders were able to build with each other. Definitively, our 2013 campaign started smoothly.”
During their stay at Trentino, the Colombian team had the opportunity to experience the next Giro d’Italia uphill time trial stage Mori-Polsa and the unknown climb of Sega di Ala to be tackled at upcoming Giro del Trentino’s final day. “This region looks perfect for us indeed, with plenty of hard climbs – commented Darwin Atapuma, the winner of 2012 Giro del Trentino final stage on Passo Pordoi – and we found the course of both these two races very demanding and challenging”.
“The Polsa climb is quite regular, in some terms pretty similar to the ones we have in Colombia, and I immediately had good feelings on it – Esteban Chaves stated after getting first to the top of the 19 km ascent. “On such a climb it is possible to set a pretty strong pace, making it suited to powerful riders who had a good recovery after the previous stages. And I like it a lot too.”
At the farewell lunch in Polsa with local authorities leaded by Trentino’s Tourism Assessor Tiziano Mellarini, Colombia General manager Claudio Corti expressed his optimism “We are confident in our chances to be protagonist at next Giro del Trentino and all the Giro d’Italia’s mountain stages. We got wild card to the “pink race” and this represented an extremely important step in our project. We also hope to lineup at Tour de Pologne departure exceptionally held here in Trentino, and maybe be on the spotlights on Passo Pordoi once more.”