The perfect partnership: Gaviria and Richeze reunited at UAE

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In the first week of the 2018 Tour de France, with Fernando Gaviria winning two stages and pulling on the yellow jersey, the famously raucous Colombian support went into overdrive. Away from the chants of 'Ga-vi-ria' outside the QuickStep bus, there was a full-on social media campaign to grant Colombian nationality to his Argentinian lead-out man, Maximiliano Richeze.

Having piloted Gaviria to victory in his very first sprint as a professional in 2016, Richeze had become such a pivotal part of Gaviria's success that the Colombians felt he was one of their own.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.