By Bjorn Haake in Vogtsburg
Mauricio Ardila Cano of Rabobank has won the mountains classification at the Regio Tour. Ardila Cano was in a break that dominated the first few laps of a 16-kilometre hilly circuit. The rider from Colombia took four out of the five KOM's at the top of the steep and windy roads through the vineyards.
Ardila Cano turned around his race somewhat, having had a quiet first four stages. He was happy receiving the blue jersey for the best climber, even if it wasn't an objective in the beginning. "I happened to be in the break and scored some points. Then I started to go for it."
Ardila Cano said that he was feeling better each stage and is hoping to achieve the same with regards to his season. "I am content with the first part of the season, even though I didn't get great results, especially in País Vasco and the Giro d'Italia. But things were definitely going better than the last couple of years. Now I am just hoping for the second part of the season."
Ardila Cano finished 20th in the Giro d'Italia. He admitted it wasn't a great result. "But I had two really bad years, so at the least I am satisfied."
Ardila Cano had a good return to racing, after taking a long break of three months. "My last competition was the Giro d'Italia," he confirmed to Cyclingnews. After the Vuelta al País Vasco he was just recovering when he raced the Henninger Turm race in Frankfurt, Germany. He made the front group and sprinted to a third place.
His biggest triumph to date is the win of the overall classification of the Tour of Britain in 2004.