The first part of the advance of the route Colombia team will depart on Thursday night for Belgium, to be part of the centennial edition of the World Championship of the specialty, which will take place in the region of Flanders, one of the most traditional and deeply rooted in the heart of world cycling.
The national coach, Carlos Mario Jaramillo, will travel in the company of 16 of the 27 summoned to the international event that will be held from September 19 to 26, with the presence of the great stars in the elite, ladies, sub-23 and junior categories , that one year after the impasse due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they will once again enjoy the most important competition of nations in the world.
The national champions Esteban Guerrero, Víctor Ocampo (CRI), Lorena Colmenares, Lina Marcela Hernández (CRI), Brayan Vargas (CRI Junior), Gabriela López (CRI Junior ladies) and Karen González; the continental champions Nelson Soto and Hebert Gutiérrez; the champion of the Youth Tour, Jesús David Peña; and the last champion of the RCN Classic and the Vuelta a Colombia, José Tito Hernández, make up the group of travelers that also include talents of international trajectory such as Erika Botero, and others of great projection such as Alexander Guatibonza, Brayan Molano, Sara Juliana Moreno and Laura Rojas, all debutants in national teams.
Paula Patiño, Diana Peñuela, Álvaro Hodeg, Rigoberto Urán, Esteban Chaves, Fernando Gaviria, Sebastián Molano, Sergio Higuita, Nicolás Gómez, Santiago Buitrago and Santiago Garzón, will join the concentration once the delegation arrives in Belgium.
Unlike the 2020 season – in which due to pandemic restrictions the UCI only had the possibility to organize the event for professionals – Colombia will be represented in all categories, starting with the elite individual time trial on Sunday 19, where Rigoberto Urán , Top-10 in the Olympic Games, will wear the national tricolor. The Antioqueño will appear in the timed event of a World Cup for the second time after having done it in Richmond (USA) 2015.
Brayan Vargas and Brayan Molano (junior); Gabriela López and Sara Moreno (junior ladies); Lorena Colmenares and Lina Marcela Hernández (elite ladies); Santiago Buitrago and Víctor Ocampo (sub-23) will be the country’s representatives in the time trials.