Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Uran, Esteban Chaves, Sergio Higuita Will have the opportunity to give a second joy to a delegation in about Olympic Games, after the silver of Oran in London 2012.
The four runners will face the 234-kilometre cross-country cycling competition in search of a medal, the second in history, after that won by Oran in London 2012, when he shared the podium with the gold, Alexander Vinokurov and bronze Alexander Kristof.
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The way is suitable. The first part is at a circuit that cyclists call “easy,” but the second part has mountain complexities, with accumulated tolerances approaching 5,000 metres.
It will be 31 kilometers in Tokyo, then they begin to connect ports and steep slopes, steadily up and down the last part has a port five kilometers long and with slopes of up to 13 percent, it is difficult to control.
Urán and Higuita, along with the runners who excel in the Colombian team, are experts in one-day races and both come from tour in FranceWhich ended last Sunday and arrived in rhythm.
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The first finished 10th overall and Higuita finished the race well, in leaks and with the best. Urán performed well in the one-day tests.
was the third in Quebec GB, Canada, 2011 and won it in 2015. He was third in the A tour of Lombardy In 2012 and 2016 she also won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.
“The one-day race is hard because you don’t know how you are going to get up. If we are good we will fight it. We give an advantage with less driver,” he said.
Hijita is young. He is 23 years old, and he is a cyclist who does well in these tests. He finished fourth in the 2019 World Cup in the U-23 category. Esteban Chaves This may be the hidden card, as he won the Giro de Lombardia in 2016, but he has a problem with one of his elbows.
Nero sign. Of the four, he’s the one with the fewest rolls in competition from this style and has been said to work with Urán and Higuita, depending on how the race goes.
“The circuit is demanding. The last part is tough, with a lot of climbing and that suits us,” Colombian DT said, Carlos Mario Jaramillo.
Colombia begins by giving advantages over selected stronger teams such as Spanish, with Alejandro ValverdeBelgian with Wout van Aert Or the Slovenian who would be Tadej Pojjakar, who came from winning the Tour de France, and Primoz Roglic, which comes from the sharp decline in that competition.
It will not be for the delegation Daniel Martinez, who did not give a negative covid-19 test, the box cannot be filled, because Sergio Hino He finished the tour injured and Miguel Angel Lopez Leave home before the end.
There’s the medal option, away, but there it is. Oran arrived from the Tour, after the last week in which he slipped from second to 10th overall.
Nairo is not a one-day race, Chavez is injured and Higuita would have been the best to arrive, so it will be the national cast’s speech.
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EL TIEMPO . Editor