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Final Colombia tour preparation for Colombia Es Pasión

Jairo Hernadez won the Tolima

Jairo Hernadez won the Tolima (Image credit: Colombia Es Pasión)

Colombia Es Pasión-Coldeportes-Alpina will be tackling Vuelta al Tolima, which serves as the final preparation race ahead of the Vuelta a Colombia. The race of Tolima will run from April 23 to 26. In the line-up of 10 riders is Jairo Hernadez, who won the event in 2006.

Directeur Sportif Luís F. Saldarriaga said that "This race will be a reference point at a higher level in our preparation towards the Vuelta a Colombia. The basic objective is a stage win, a top five in GC and to practice strategies and tactics. The cancellation of the Clásica de Guarne doesn't interfere with our preparation plans, because we only had intended to participate with three of our elite athletes, who lack some [race] rhythm right now."

The Clásica de Guarne, which was scheduled to run from April 30 to May 3, was cancelled due to difficulties with road closures, because of local festivities going on in the area. The race is rescheduled to June, likely after the Vuelta a Antioquia.

The line-up for Colombia Es Pasión-Coldeportes-Alpina will be Iván Parra, Jairo Hernández, Wilson Zambrano, Juan Pablo Forero, Jairo Salas, Andrés Miguel Díaz, Edwin Parra, Manuel Mayorga, Robinsón Chalapud and Wilson Marentes.

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