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Betancur takes back the white jersey at the Giro d'Italia

Stephen Farrand
May 25, 2013, 20:05,
May 25, 2013, 21:05
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, May 25, 2013
Giro d'Italia
Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2R)

Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2R)

  • Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2R)
  •  	Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (AG2R La Mondiale)
  • Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale)
  • Carlos Alberto Betancur (AG2R - La Mondiale)

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Colombian gains time on Majka to become best young rider

Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) has been locked in a fight for the best young rider's white jersey with Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) during much of the Giro d'Italia but the aggressive Colombian rider finally distanced the Pole in the final kilometres of stage 20 in the snow at the finish.

Betancur now leads Majka by 41 precious seconds and celebrated setting up victory in the special classification by hugging his teammates, fellow Colombians and even throwing a few snowballs.

"The white jersey was my big objective and I got it. I am very happy. I want to thank everybody. It's great when you try as hard as you can and then things work out," he said, while speaking to Colombian radio.

"Today’s performance is a message of thanks to the young, the old and all the people who support us. We can take this sport forward, we can have a much better youth in our country, too, thanks to cycling if they get in interested in it, we can show everybody the real Colombia.

"With Uran second overall and me in the white jersey, that's Colombia's real class, we showed them what we can do."

Betancur risked losing the white jersey and fifth place overall after a puncture at the foot of the climb to the finish. He was not impressed that the Saxo-Tinkoff team attacked while he was forced to swap bikes and chase through the team cars.

"Saxo Bank tried to go hard when I punctured, that wasn’t fair at all but I got back to the race and I showed them what I was worth," he said.

"In truth I had a puncture, then my bike was broken, then my bike broke again, then I had to change the whole bike. But when you want to do well, there’s nothing that can stop you. This jersey really gives me a lot of motivation to do well in the future, too."

Frenchie More than 1 year ago
Bravo Carlos!
Dedelou More than 1 year ago
really a fantastic ride and major achievement for Betancur
dslacker More than 1 year ago
Should Saxo-Tinkoff have picked up the pace when Benacour had a flat ? Actually, the pace had already picked up. I don't think teams should wait every time things go hinky for a competitor. Bike races can be pedestrian enough - tho' this Giro was exciting from beginning to end.
ACPapageorgiou More than 1 year ago
Great ride! Bravo! A little more self control in front of the press is needed....
andrew1991 More than 1 year ago
Great Giro for him. If he hadn't had a flat and to change the bike he would have finished ahead of Fabio Duarte and Uran.
Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
he could've beaten nibali perhaps
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
I doubt it. Only if he had been alle to folios nibali, he might have been offered the win as a gesture from nibali
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago