A full-gas dash through the centre of metropolitan Bogotá followed by the lung-busting climb of Alto Verjón, the stage was set for an exciting finale to the Tour Colombia 2.1. Rally Cycling’s GC hopeful Gavin Mannion, who entered the stage in eighth overall, was struck with an ill-timed mechanical and bike swap at the base of the final climb and fell to 19th in the overall standings.
The team can look back on its time in Colombia with a lot of pride. From two sprint top 10s to a barnstorming effort in the team time trial, the team made the most of their time racing in South America's most popular race. What made the experience even more memorable were the relationships developed with the team's local-level partner, Colmédica. Thank you for joining us on this ride.
DATE | 2.11.20 - 2.16.20
From the towns of Paipa, Sogamoso and Duitama, through the green hills of Boyaca and Cundinamarca, to the thrilling crescendo high above Bogotá.
Tough climbs, high altitudes, verdant green hills and a spectacular finale above this stunning mountainous country’s capital city.
A week in the gorgeous South American sun. Not bad for February.
Quote of the week
“It was our first time racing in Colombia and it has been an incredible experience. The crowds have been massive and the people of Colombia have an unmatched passion for cycling. It’s been an all-around positive experience. Great racing, good weather, amazing food and friendly people. We hope to return to race in Colombia many times in the future.”
- A massive team effort to open the race and place fourth in the TTT, behind three WorldTour squads.
- Colin Joyce bags seventh in the sprint on stage two, before going two spots better on stage five.
- Gavin Mannion battles through five stages while defending a GC top ten, ably supported by the other members of the squad.
- An epic final day sees devastation in the peloton, with Mannion requiring a bike change at the worst moment possible, leaving his top 10 hopes dashed.
That’s a wrap, folks. An incredible week of racing in the high-altitude environment. The team comes away with some solid results, phenomenal experiences and a deeper appreciation for this spectacular country. At every moment the race route has been lined with Colombian fans, whose passion knows no bounds – and it was an honor for the riders to be part of the show. We'll be back.