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A pink dream starts for the Escarabajos. Tomorrow an historical Giro d’Italia debut

In a word: emotion. On Friday May 3rd, the Colombian flag was back at the Giro d’Italia, waved by Darwin Atapuma who will hang his number 81 dossard tomorrow to take the start of Team Colombia’s first Giro d’Italia along with his 8 teammates.

Carlos Julian Quintero led the Escarabajos’ row into a pink-filled Piazza del Plebiscito for the official presentation of the 96th edition of the first seasonal Grand Tour, on a sunny Friday afternoon in Naples.

The team was welcomed on the stage by the cheering fans, showing for the first time their special Giro d’Italia kit, featuring a pink stripe on its sleeve to celebrate the historical debut of the Colombian outfit, over 20 years after Postobon back in 1992.

Carlos Quintero told us about the moment the Team went out on the crowded square: “In the meeting point before the call I was looking my teammates in the eyes, and I realized everyone was feeling the same as I was: up to that moment, the Giro was a bright perspective, an idea, but with that square in front, we suddenly realized that the dream had become true. Hearing people from the crowd calling my name was really special, I will not forget that.”

Colombian Ambassador in Italy Juan Manuel Prieto participated to a very special day for for Colombian cycling and sports with Colombian Embassy’s Counseling Minister Sylvia Amaya Londono and Colombia’s honorary consul in Naples, Antonio Maione, stepping on the stage with the riders and tasting the atmosphere of the Pink Race in the Team’s stand into the Giro village.

“It is a very important moment for Colombian sports: after 20 years, Colombia is back to one of the most important races in the World, the Giro d’Italia, and doing it with a very well prepared team. We are hoping for a very successful Giro d’Italia, in single stages and possibly more…” Embassador Prieto stated.

Tomorrow the Giro starts for good: 130 km around Naples will make the first Giro d’Italia stage. On cards, it is definitely a sprinters’ stage, but you can’t take anything for granted at the Giro. And Edwin Avila and Leonardo Duque have no intention to stand looking.

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