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Team Colombia to open the 97th Giro d’Italia

It will be Team Colombia to inaugurate the 97th edition of the Giro d’Italia on Friday May 9th: the Escarabajos were drawn to top the starting list of the 21,7 km team time trial in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, where the official teams presentation took place today in a Donegall Square full of people and enthusiasm.

The #Escarabajos boom on social network at the Giro!

As much as communication and social media grew to an unprecedented role in everyday life, ending up being integral part of everyone’s routine, quite the same happens in pro cycling. In races like the Giro d’Italia, some kind of a parallel race takes place among riders and teams, with different goals – popularity, brand awareness, visibility. And it is quite obvious that social media are a privileged battlefield for it – a reign where comparable figures run crazy marketing people and community…

Colombian President Santos calls Team Colombia: “Proud of you”

Great mood at Team Colombia after the outstanding display at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo: a big win was missed by short measure, but that can’t take away the huge emotion and satisfaction for a stage and a whole Giro rode at a very high level, and closed with Fabio Duarte’s second place on 2013 Corsa Rosa’s Cima Coppi, just in front of Coldeportes’ Director Andres Botero.

Fabio Duarte shows swing in ITT

Team Colombia’s Fabio Duarte is back to his best in the final week of the 96th Giro d’Italia, and does not stop showing it stage after stage. In a severe test like stage 18th uphill time trial from Mori to Polsa, the 26-year-old rider from Bogotà took a very strong 13th place, 1.59 behind an unbeatable Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), who looks poised to win his first Giro d’Italia. Nibali overcame Spaniard Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) on the day, while Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) rounded out the podium.

Giro, warm-up ahead of great mountains

After yesterday’s emotions, Team Colombia had a quiet day ahead of the high-mountain tryptich set to decide the 96th Giro d’Italia. Claudio Corti’s athletes looked to save energies in the 214 km 17th stage from Caravaggio to Vicenza, where Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) took his second win in this race.