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Peña back in Europe

By:
Jean-François Quénet in Loulé
Published:
February 25, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:13 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for February 25, 2007

After some administrative problems, Colombian rider Victor Hugo Peña is back in Europe. He was...

After some administrative problems, Colombian rider Victor Hugo Peña is back in Europe. He was finally issued a Visa to relocate for the season, in which he will be riding for team Unibet.com. Since the presentation of their new team in January, Victor Peña and Rigoberto Uran were back in Colombia to apply for a working Visa, but not without difficulty. Finally, the Belgian government accepted to give a Visa to the rider and his family after he had produced all the legal documentation.

"For me and other Colombian riders, every year can be like a training ride out on the bike to climb a big mountain to find a visa to race in Europe," Peña said. "The governments need more and more requirements and the Colombia sports institutions only give us a certification to present in the consulates, then we wait two or three weeks for an appointment. I hope that the European governments understand that athletes are persons with the same rights to receive a Visa and let us do our jobs."

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