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On Tuscany roads, Atapuma warms up for the Worlds

A very intense weekend is in store for Claudio Corti’s Team Colombia, with 2 races in 2 days in Tuscany, Italy, where the upcoming week the World Championships will take place, with Darwin Atapuma performing with Colombia’s national team. Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli will drive the team car on Saturday, September 23rd, at GP Costa degli Etruschi (Saturday September 21st), and at GP Industria e Commercio one day later.

Moved to September from its original scheduling in the early season, GP Costa degli Etruschi features a new and more demanding route, set to make life harder for the sprinters, that dominated the race’s roll of honors so far. Sunday’s race will be characterized by the Montemurlo climb, to be repeated 7 times.

Darwin Atapuma will make his return to competitions after two weeks out to recovery from the knee inflammation caused by his crash at Tour de l’Ain, and will be looking to find his best swing ahead of his first World Championship as a pro. Robinson Chalapud and Fabio Duarte, both showing progress in condition ahead of the final races of the season, will share with El Puma the role of protected riders in the weekend.

GP Costa degli Etruschi’s line-up will also feature Jarlinson Pantano, Juan Pablo Valencia, Wilson Marentes, Jeffry Romero and Carlos Julian Quintero, while Jarlinson Pantano, Juan Pablo Valencia, Wilson Marentes, Alexis Camacho e Duber Quintero will be in the mix at GP Industria e Commercio.

“The guys are in good conditions, and will try to make the races as hard as possible,” Pellicioli said. “Atapuma received the call for the World Championship and is very motivated, but he is not the only option we got for this Tuscany’s doubleheader.”

GP Costa degli Etruschi (September 21st)

Line-up: Darwin Atapuma, Robinson Chalapud, Fabio Duarte, Wilson Marentes, Jarlinson Pantano, Carlos Julian Quintero, Jeffry Romero, Juan Pablo Valencia

Sports Director: Oscar Pellicioli

Photo: Bettini/Team Colombia.

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