Colombia Es Pasión successful in Vuelta a Colombia

The successful Colombia Es Pasión team

The successful Colombia Es Pasión team (Image credit: Colombia Es Pasión)

Sergio Luis Henao of Colombia Es Pasión-coldeportes won the Vuelta a Colombia for U23 riders. Henao battled with his team-mate Fabio Duarte in a mano a mano in the final stage of the race, a mountain time trial of 22 kilometres.

Duarte was slightly hurt, from a crash on Friday, but started out strongly and had the best intermediate time at the halfway point (km 11). He was closing on Henao, who had only a slim 21-second margin. But the latter fought back in the second half of the course, with a terrain more to his liking.

In the end, they were separated by only 7 seconds, with Duarte's time at 43'22 in third place, while Henao had 43'29 and finished fourth. The stage was won by Cayetano Sarmiento with a time of 42'54. Arley Montoya came in second, with 43'14

Colombia Es Pasión-coldeportes was able to defend the title. Last year, it was Oscar Sanchez who won. They also won the teams classification and Henao took out the mountains and points classifications as well. A very successful Vuelta in Colombia for these young riders.

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