At least two countries in the Americas have already announced their rosters for the World Road Championships in Wollongong, Australia, from September 18 to 25, 2022, where about a thousand cyclists are expected to attend the World Championships that are expected to be favorable for men and women. fast in background tests.
Colombia will be headed by Nairo Quintana, as confirmed by the national coach, Carlos Mario Jaramillo, who said that the Colombian climber is training in Andorra and this will be his last appearance in the 2022 cycling season.
Quintana would be accompanied by Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe), Rodrigo Contreras (EPM-Scott-GO RIGO GO), Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates), Wilson Peña (Colombia Land of Athletes GW Shimano and Harold Tejada (Astana Qazaqstan).
“There are several riders who did not lend for the World Championship, neither Daniel Martínez nor Rigo nor Chaves gave them permission for the Worldtour races at the end of the season and because there are several teams that are solving the relegation issue. Instead, Nairo said yes,” said Jaramillo.
In the case of the U-23 category, the Colombian representatives will be Nicolás David Gómez (Team Colpack Ballan), Juan Manuel Barboza (Orgullo Paisa) and Juan Tito Rendón (Orgullo Paisa). While the national road champion, German Darío Gómez (Colombia Land of Athletes GW Shimano), is pending the visa.
Finally, in the women’s branch the four chosen are Paula Patiño (Movistar), Diana Peñuela (DNA Pro Cycling), Natalia Franco (WCC Team) and Lina Marcela Hernández (Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Shimano)
Ecuador, despite having six places in the elite category, five in the sub-23, two in the junior category, in addition to three in the senior women’s category and four in the junior category, will only attend the next Road World Championships with two runners: Jhonatan Narváez and Harold Martin Lopez. Physical and family problems prevented the use of all quotas.
“We regret not making use of all the quotas granted by the UCI, since many great cyclists cannot be part of the #TeamEcuador in Australia, due to physical and/or family problems,” the Ecuadorian Cycling Federation clarified on its Twitter account about why they carry a minimum number of cyclists.
There is no clarity as to whether López will take part in the sub-23 or elite test, although from the announcement, it can be inferred that he will accompany Narváez in the highest category. Both have had a good season in their respective processes and will try to do everything possible to materialize a good result for their country, although with that numerical inferiority, it seems complicated.