Video: Team Colombia’s Italian training camp prefaces important season
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Video: Team Colombia’s Italian training camp prefaces important season

by VeloNation Press at 9:09 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Video
Climbing walls and snowy mountains part of team bonding and race preparation

Team ColombiaThree decades after the Colombian José Patrocinio Jiménez took second in the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour de France, a team of riders from the same country are pushing for what they intend to be a very successful second season in the pro peloton. A selection of riders from Team Colombia are currently racing in the Tour of the Mediterranean and will aim for victory on the Month Faron stage.

Before that race, though, the whole team got together in Trentino in Italy for a four day training camp.

“It was a great experience, Garda Trentino is a really beautiful area, a perfect one to ride,” said team manager Claudio Corti. “The guys trained every day for about three-four hours, on different routes. We also held meetings on topics such as race programme, dietary habits and media training. We noticed that the riders were very involved in our working method. This training camp was a positive experience also because of the perfect relationships the riders were able to build with each other. Our 2013 campaign definitely started smoothly.”

During that trip, the riders took in several big climbs, shrugging off the cold conditions at altitude. As the video below shows, they trained on roads lined by snow, putting in the effort that should see them perform well in the months ahead.

Esteban Chaves was one of the strongest riders at the camp and will aim to show his ability in the Tour of the Mediterranean. Watch the video below to see the team’s preparation for this, their first race of the year.


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