BOGOTÁ. The El Espectador Sportsman of the Year gala praised Colombian cycling. As has happened throughout the season, Colombian cyclists were the focus of public attention in a ceremony that honored Rigoberto Urán and Fernando Gaviria as the best athletes of the year.

Uran, runner-up of the Tour de France and winner of the Milan-Turin Clásico (the oldest in the international calendar), received the golden statue that credited him as the most outstanding athlete among the select group of champions that adorned the auditorium of the Business Center Connect

Gaviria took second place thanks to his 14 international victories, including the four stages and the title of the points of the century-old edition of the Giro d'Italia. The Antioquian completed an unprecedented season for any national cyclist in European competitions, being the most successful accumulated along with his former teammate, the German Marcel Kittel.

The ceremony also brought the distinction to Egan Arley Bernal, chosen as the revelation of the year for his deeds to the command of Androni Sidermec, the title of the Tour de L'Avenir with the Colombian National Team, and his signing to the powerful Team Sky.

In the same way, Paralympic cycling experienced an emotional moment with the decorations of Carolina Munevar (CRI world champion) and the Tandem integrated by Marlon Pérez and Javier Serna, who achieved a historic and unprecedented world title in this specialty.

Rigoberto Urán put the touch of distinction to the capital's afternoon, establishing himself as the best of the season with an award that has exalted as few the immense work of Colombian cycling around the world.

"Being nominated was already a blessing because the level of athletes every year is getting higher, and being the Athlete of the Year is even more so," said the Antioqueno.

"Every time I finish a year is good or bad, I forget everything that happened, started from scratch and I do it with great enthusiasm and many dreams of being on the podium," said Urán emphasizing the desire to conquer one of the great laps.

"It's what I need in the track record, to be able to be or not, but the important thing is to continue working and enjoying every day in my sport." (