Bogotá, Oct. 8 – The Tour Colombia will pay tribute in 2020 to the land of the two cyclists who have given the most joy to the country, Nairo Quintana and Egan Bernal, with a tour unveiled this Tuesday of six stages that will pass through its native highlands and in which the high mountain is the great absent.
The six stages will run from February 11 to 16 the central cundiboyacense high plateau, considered the great seedbed of cyclists in Colombia, crossing the departments of Boyacá and Cundinamarca, as well as Bogotá, detailed the organization by publishing the route of the third edition of the career.
Next year’s race, organized by the Colombian Cycling Federation, will begin with a 16.7-kilometer team time trial with departure and arrival in Tunja, capital of Boyacá and hometown of Quintana, although the winner of La Vuelta and the Giro grew up in the neighboring town of Cómbita.
For the second day, the organizers have prepared a stage of 152.4 flat kilometers from Paipa to Duitama that will be ideal for sprinters such as Fernando Gaviria or Álvaro Hodeg, currently injured after a hard fall.
Paipa will also be the starting point for the third, fourth and fifth stages of 183.3, 174.2 and 174.9 kilometers, respectively, always by the central department of Boyacá.
In the third, which ends in Sogamoso and passes through Cómbita, cyclists will cross two ports of fourth category and one of third.
For the fourth, ending in Santa Rosa de Viterbo and also passing through Cómbita, cyclists will have to overcome two third category and two fourth ports.
The fifth stage will be the one that has a special flavor for Bernal, champion of the Tour de France this year, since it will end in Zipaquirá, the city in which he has grown and still lives.
Nor will it be a stage for climbers since in its 174.9 kilometers they will cross two fourth and one third ports.
Gunpowder will explode predictably in the sixth and final stage, considered the queen of the race with 182.6 kilometers between Zipaquirá and El Verjón stop in Bogotá.
With an altimetry that many professional cyclists frighten, between 2,597 and 3,266 meters, the participants will overcome a fourth, two third and one second port.
The stage will also be a tribute to the thousands of amateur cyclists who cross the roads of Colombia every weekend, since they will cross two mythical ports for devotees: the Alto de Patios, at the entrance to Bogotá, and El Verjón.
In the first edition of Tour Colombia, Egan Bernal won by surprise over the two big favorites: Quintana and Rigoberto Urán.
In the second, Miguel Ángel López displayed all his offensive talent on the road to impose himself on the other great promise of Colombian cycling, Iván Ramiro Sosa, and Daniel Felipe Martínez.