Atapuma’s Giro starts at the microphone “Colombian cycling is back for good!”
Colombia’s comeback on Giro d’Italia’s roads is scheduled on Saturday May 4th, with the opening stage around Naples, but one of Team Colombia’s representative already started living intensely the Corsa Rosa’s atmosphere on Thursday 2nd. Indeed, 25-year-old Team Colombia’s Darwin Atapuma attended the official press conference held at the Permanence at Castel dell’Ovo, in Naples.
In the panel dedicated to the best prospects of the Giro, and sitting next to fellow Countryman Carlos Betancur, Darwin Atapuma voiced his pride to be among the leaders of a Team taking Colombia back to the Giro d’Italia stage after 21 years.
“This participation is a result of a long, good work – Atapuma stated – and that makes us even more proud to represent Colombia’s comeback with such an important Team. We’ll be looking to seize this amazing opportunity.”
“It has been a long time since so many Colombians (15) took the start of a Grand Tour, and I am very glad of it,” – Atapuma said. “After some years of difficulties, Colombian cycling is back in the spotlight, and we truly hope to give further confirmation of that at the Giro. We know the third week has the best opportunities in store for us, but we are going to progress day by day, living the experience of this amazing race in full swing.”
On Thursday, the Team received a much appreciated message from Andres Botero, Director of Coldeportes, who sent his encouragement to the whole group taking part to the Italian stage race. “Last year we took on the challenge to bring Colombia back to the start of the most important races in the World, and we are now starting to collect some great satisfactions: we owe that to the effort, commitment, reliability and – above all – professionalism each and every one of you has added to this project. Without this vision, we could not have had the privilege of standing here, among the best teams in the cycling world.”
On tomorrow’s afternoon, Friday May 3rd, Giro d’Italia’s official presentation will be held in Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples. Team Colombia will parade at 16.26 CET, and will be joined on the occasion by Colombian Ambassador Juan Manuel Prieto Montoya, Colombian Embassy’s Counselling Minister Sylvia Amaya Londono and Colombia’s honorary counsel in Naples, Antonio Maione.