Tour Colombia 2.1: WorldTour teams beat the odds in TTT start time drawing

EF Pro Cycling on the team trial course during stage 1 at Tour Colombia 2.1
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A funny thing happened on the way to the stage 1 team time trial at Tour Colombia 2.1. The race’s random drawing to determine the start order for the 27 teams saw all of the WorldTour squads land in the second half of the list. 

The drawing was conducted Monday afternoon at the race headquarters, where one of the podium hostesses drew lots from a bin. Not a single WorldTour team came up early, and instead Israel Start-Up Nation was the first tier-one team drawn at 15th place. Movistar was 17th, Deceuninck-QuickStep 19th, UAE Team Emirates 20th, and EF Pro Cycling was 23rd. Team Ineos was the final WorldTour team at 24th, followed by the Russian National Team, Portuguese Continental team Efapal and Mexican Continental team Canel’s.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.