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Miguel Rubiano and Carlos Quintero selected for Ponferrada Worlds

Good news came from Colombia in the evening of Friday September 5th, when Colombia Road National Team coach Carlos Mario Jaramillo announced his selection for the upcoming Road World Championships in Ponferrada, taking place in Spain from September 21st to 28th.

Two Team Colombia riders will be part of the 9-man Colombia line-up for the road race on Sunday September 28th: Colombia Road National Champion Miguel Angel Rubiano and Carlos Julian Quintero will join forces with Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida), Janier Acevedo (Garmin-Sharp), Sebastian Henao (Team Sky), Julian Arredondo (Trek), Carlos Betancur (Ag2r) and former Team Colombia rider Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEDGE) to pursue a medal for Colombia in the 254,8 km test.

In his first year at Team Colombia, Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez, 29, took a remarkable win on April 12th, bringing the Colombian National Champion’s jersey to Europe for the first time, making good show of it at the Giro d’Italia. More recently, Rubiano wore the Vuelta a Colombia leader’s jersey for 8 days, surrendering it on the penultimate day after putting on a huge fight. “I am happy to be able to represent Colombia at the Worlds once again – Rubiano said – and doing it as the National Champion makes it more special. I have good feelings for this final part of the season, and I am pretty sure I will be able to get in Ponferrada in top condition.” Click here to see Miguel’s Profile.

A member of Team Colombia since its inception in 2012, Carlos Julian Quintero Noreña, 28, has established as one of the most reliable and consistent team players, featuring in the Escarabajos’ Giro d’Italia line-up in both 2013 and 2014. Over the years, Quintero also showed capacity to take results on his own, as showed by the overall 10th place in 2014 Tour de Langkawi. “Honestly this selection came pretty much unexpected, and it is really amazing to be able to make the National Team for the first time in my Pro career,” Quintero stated. “I can’t wait for the day to come, as I want to give all the best of me in any role I will be appointed for.” Click here to see Carlos’ Profile.

Both Rubiano and Quintero will start their setup for the Worlds in the weekend, as they will be taking part to Brussels Cycling Classic (September 6th) and GP Fourmies (September 7th).

As it happened at the recent Tour de l’Avenir, Claudio Corti’s Team Colombia will be official partner and consultant of the Colombian National Team, supplying its logistic, trucks and support staff. The partnership between the Colombian Cycling Federation and Team Colombia has been pretty successful so far this season, as it resulted in a gold medal for Mariana Pajon at the BMX World Championships in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and in the overall victory for Miguel Angel Lopez at the Tour de l’Avenir (France).

“It is obviously nice to have two men in the Worlds line-up,” Claudio Corti commented, “and I believe both riders are very much worthy of this selection: Rubiano is a committed professional, who showed his gutty attitude several times during the season, and of course is the reigning National Champion. About Quintero, I am particularly happy as this is the recognition of the process he went through during the last 3 years, and everything he learned to become a valuable team player. His commitment and work ethic brought him here, and that’s why he deserves this chance.”

“As Team Colombia, we are looking forward to be part of this adventure once again with our logistics and support staff: the cooperation with the Colombian Federation has been very proficient and successful so far, and hopefully more good results will come for Colombia in Ponferrada,” Corti said.

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