Atapuma takes first win since 2016 with Vuelta a Colombia stage

Darwin Atapuma (Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Bicicletas) at the 2020 Vuelta a Colombia
Darwin Atapuma (Colombia Tierra De Atletas Gw Bicicletas) at the 2020 Vuelta a Colombia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Darwin Atapuma claimed his first UCI race victory since 2016, taking home stage 8 of the 2021 Vuelta a Colombia on Saturday. The highly talented climber who raced at the WorldTour level for five years - three seasons with BMC and two at UAE Team Emirates - rode away from his breakaway companions on the long grind to the summit of the Alto del Vino.

In a thrilling finale, Atapuma, now racing for the Continental squad Colombia Tierra de Atletas, held off a chase from Angel Gil (Orgullo Paisa) and José Hernandez (Team Medellin), both of whom were vying to take over the race lead. 

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