The Escarabajos get season started at Tour Mediterraneen
With the beginning of the European season, it’s also time for Team Colombia to get things started. The Escarabajos will debut in France, at the 39th Tour Mediterraneen (February 6-10), under the guidance of Sports Directors Oscar Pellicioli and Oliverio Rincon.
The French stage race will give the Team a valuable opportunity to state the overall condition after 4 days of solid training in Arco – Garda Trentino. Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli shows confidence: “Ahead of the first race of the season, there’s always great expectations, but also a fair deal of uncertainty – we know where our guys are, not so much about the others. Nevertheless, we are confident that our riders made a good job, and the indications we got were reaffirmed during our good training days in Trentino. This race will be very important to make a point about the overall situation, yet our guys will be going for it with great commitment and motivation.”
While the team expects a good contribution from track specialist Juan Esteban Arango and Alexis Camacho, both debuting on the European stage, Tour Mediterraneen also features the classic uphill finish on Mont Faron – an early but significant test for both Fabio Duarte and Esteban Chaves. Leonardo Duque, in his first race in a Team Colombia jersey, will put his experience to good use in flatter stages, while Jarlinson Pantano, Carlos Julian Quintero and Juan Pablo Suarez will round out the line-up for the event.
Tour Mediterraneen (February 6-10)
Team’s line-up: Juan Esteban Arango, Alexis Camacho, Esteban Chaves, Fabio Duarte, Leonardo Duque, Jarlinson Pantano, Carlos Julian Quintero and Juan Pablo Suarez.
Sports Directors: Oscar Pellicioli, Oliverio Rincon
The Team’s hotels
February 5: Best Western Hôtel Casino Le Phoebus – Boulevard Le Planasse – 11430 Gruissan (France)
February 6-7: Hotel Campanile – 30 Rue de Ratacas – 11100 Narbonne (France)
February 8: Hotel Campanile – 994 Chemin de la Croix Blanche – 13300 Salon de Provence (France)
February 9: Hotel Campanile – Chemin de la Capellane – 83140 Six Fours Les Plages (France)
Photo: The 8-man line-up for the Tour Mediterraneen training in Trentino