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Vuelta a Colombia


Welcome to the now 15th edition of the Vuelta a Colombia. For whatever reason this is one of only two races on the South American continent on the MGUCI calendar. As expected this is a race for the climbers with the added or removed bonus of no time-trialing. Also none of the stages are categorised as hilly, which makes this as pure a climbing race as it can be. The sprinters get their two days to shine and the GC is usually sorted out on stage 5, so the final stage is likely breakaway friendly.

With that said let's look at some of the favourites:


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mos.png Kudus698477777970
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/brs.png Madrazo668374777869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/p4e.png Padun678277747675
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/amc.png Haig728274757873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aeg.png Wellens728275807668
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/min.png Cattaneo708270808070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/vlf.png Quintana688274767666
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aeg.png Olivier728176807771
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lpu.png Oomen718175777869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pfi.png Choi718174767968
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ziz.png Taaramäe718174747070
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/voy.png Shikai728171767867

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mos.png Merhawi Kudus comes back to the race as last year's winner, when he upset Lecuisinier for the overall victory. This year he's the #1 favourite, can he live up to that? pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/brs.png Madrazo is slowly aging, but he was 3rd here last year and he is on paper Kudus's main competitor. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/p4e.png Padun is taking over for Pluchkin at Popo4Ever and this race should suit him well with no TT kms. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/amc.png Haig is another rider who comes back and will be looking to improve upon 7th place from last year.

The list of great climbers continues with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aeg.png Wellens who is sharing leadership with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aeg.png Olivier. You would expect pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/min.png Cattaneo in a race with an ITT, but he's perfectly capable of finishing on the podium. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/vlf.png Quintana disappointed at this race last year, he should be able to do better in his home race. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lpu.png Oomen probably overperformed last year, we'll see if he can do it again. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pfi.png Choi, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ziz.png Taaramäe and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/voy.png Shikai complete the list of favourites as 81 climbers.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lpu.png Novak688077767776
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aab.png Monsalve678075797672
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Meintjes718078767869
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Pinot728074797569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/sva.png Sicard718076767967
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kmm.png Arndt717976767275
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Bongiorno697975777769
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/spr.png Pomoshnikov717974767466
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kmm.png Nerz697971707266
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Higuita697877787975
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/spr.png Frankiny697876757775
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Chamorro667875767074
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Petelin697874717175
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hla.png Elissonde667873777966

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/lpu.png Novak is a great backup option for Lierse if they need it. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/aab.png Monsalve is as close to home as he can get, hopefully for him he has a big result in him. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Meintjes would have loved a hilly stage, but his stat combo still makes him a dangerman. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Pinot and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Bongiorno are here for home team ISA - Hexacta. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/sva.png Sicard gets a chance to show what he has left in the tank. Kraftwerk going with their usual depth approach with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kmm.png Arndt and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/kmm.png Nerz. Double leadership also for Sauber with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/spr.png Pomoshnikov and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/spr.png Frankiny. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/iso.png Higuita leads the charge for Isostar's climbers, who might be more suited to breakaways along with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hla.png Elissonde.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hla.png Kennaugh76708180pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hla.png Riesebeek74756972
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pfi.png Minali73747979pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pfi.png Barta69747267
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/p4e.png Lutsyshyn70737980pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/p4e.png Aniolkowski74737877
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Contreras72757880pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Sagiv77717272
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Kamberaj75737978pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Tiller74757473
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/min.png Hodeg72747978pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/min.png Tikhonin70716872
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ino.png Page75727879pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ino.png Yudha68716471
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/vlf.png Marin74737878pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/vlf.png Huertas70707273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hsk.png Van der Kooij73747877pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hsk.png Conti67716874
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Garcia Cortina76727776pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Oldani70736871
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mos.png Swift70648076pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mos.png Mayer68717276

To break up the climbing fest there are two sprint stages. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hla.png Kennaugh is clearly the top dog here. Lead out or not, can he confirm the favourite status. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pfi.png Minali has an 'interesting' lead out in Barta if he ends up using him. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/p4e.png Lutsyshyn on the other hand might have issues following his. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/isa.png Contreras and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/dsc.png Kamberaj look well supported, it would be fun if one of them made it work.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/min.png Hodeg will try to repeat last year when he managed to win both sprints. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/ino.png Page, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/vlf.png Marin, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/hsk.png Van der Kooij and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/pol.png Garcia Cortina are the less favoured sprinters here, but we know those often find success. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2022/Micros/mos.png Swift still has great top speed, but his acceleration is not the same and with low resistance we'll see if he can still compete.

Full startlist:

WellensTimAegon - Peroni
OlivierDaanAegon - Peroni
CarboniGiovanniAegon - Peroni
BarbinEnricoAegon - Peroni
DenzNicoAegon - Peroni
KoepThomasAegon - Peroni
MunozCristianAegon - Peroni
KooistraMartenAegon - Peroni
HaigJackAmaysim Cervélo
HamiltonLucasAmaysim Cervélo
PowerRobertAmaysim Cervélo
O'ConnorBenAmaysim Cervélo
CantyBrendanAmaysim Cervélo
BaylyCameronAmaysim Cervélo
LanePatrickAmaysim Cervélo
HarperChrisAmaysim Cervélo
MonsalveYonathanAssa Abloy
SquireRobbieAssa Abloy
GebremedhinAwetAssa Abloy
ScarponiPaoloAssa Abloy
Bergstrom FriskHannesAssa Abloy
MagnussonKimAssa Abloy
ArvidssonStaffanAssa Abloy
MagnussenDavurAssa Abloy
MadrazoAngelBralirwa - Stevens
NdayisengaValensBralirwa - Stevens
EyobMektelBralirwa - Stevens
El SabbahiHoucaineBralirwa - Stevens
KhederiSouheilBralirwa - Stevens
TesfatsionNatnaelBralirwa - Stevens
MugishaMoiseBralirwa - Stevens
MugishaSamuelBralirwa - Stevens
MeintjesLouisDe Stijl Cycling
TillerRasmusDe Stijl Cycling
KamberajXhulianoDe Stijl Cycling
SouliousZisisDe Stijl Cycling
CrasSteffDe Stijl Cycling
EloseguiInigoDe Stijl Cycling
KnoxJamesDe Stijl Cycling
MisbahMushinDe Stijl Cycling
KennaughPeterHelloFresh - Lampre
ElissondeKennyHelloFresh - Lampre
PotockiPavelHelloFresh - Lampre
RiesebeekOscarHelloFresh - Lampre
De VosAdamHelloFresh - Lampre
GasparJoaoHelloFresh - Lampre
HeymesGillesHelloFresh - Lampre
BattistellaSamueleHelloFresh - Lampre
RodriguezOscarHuski Chocolate
Van der KooijBasHuski Chocolate
ContiValerioHuski Chocolate
RoosenTimoHuski Chocolate
TolhoekAntwanHuski Chocolate
SchellingIdeHuski Chocolate
MajkaRafelHuski Chocolate
BloemJorenHuski Chocolate
PageDylanIndosat Ooredoo
ArifinMuhammad ImamIndosat Ooredoo
GesinkRobertIndosat Ooredoo
NovakJakubIndosat Ooredoo
GallFelixIndosat Ooredoo
YudhaMuhammadIndosat Ooredoo
RubioEiner AugustoIndosat Ooredoo
OcampoVictor AlejandroIndosat Ooredoo
PinotThibautISA - Hexacta
BongiornoFrancescoISA - Hexacta
Parra BustamenteHeiner RodrigoISA - Hexacta
ContrerasEmilianoISA - Hexacta
MartinezDaniel FelipeISA - Hexacta
KoshevoyIliaISA - Hexacta
Cepeda HernandezJeffersonISA - Hexacta
SagivGuyISA - Hexacta
HiguitaSergioIsostar - Specialized
ChamorroJuan ErnestoIsostar - Specialized
PetelinJan DragoIsostar - Specialized
BolivarIsaacIsostar - Specialized
PronskiyVadimIsostar - Specialized
GayralJoshuaIsostar - Specialized
ArndtNikiasKraftwerk Man Machine
KochMichelKraftwerk Man Machine
NerzDominikKraftwerk Man Machine
DestriboisAlex AriyaKraftwerk Man Machine
HelmeSasuKraftwerk Man Machine
TatarinovGennadiyKraftwerk Man Machine
ChaiyasombatThanakhanKraftwerk Man Machine
MathisMarcoKraftwerk Man Machine
OomenSamLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
NovakDomenLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
Van GilsMaximLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
BiermansJentheLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
VerwilstAaronLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
SiddikovDilmurdjonLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
PotockiViktorLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
CoviAlessandroLierse SK - Pizza Ullo PCTeam
CattaneoMattiaMinions - Subwoolfer
HodegAlvaroMinions - Subwoolfer
Lemus DavilaLuis EnriqueMinions - Subwoolfer
QuintanaDayerMinions - Subwoolfer
TikhoninEvgeniiMinions - Subwoolfer
NovikovSavvaMinions - Subwoolfer
MerchanDidierMinions - Subwoolfer
StöckliJanMinions - Subwoolfer
KudusMerhawiMoser - Sygic
SebokaMatalaMoser - Sygic
SwiftBenMoser - Sygic
MayerAlexandreMoser - Sygic
HosekJosefMoser - Sygic
ToupalikAdamMoser - Sygic
OtrubaJakubMoser - Sygic
StocekMatusMoser - Sygic
ChoiKi HoPhilips - Force India
EenkhoornPascalPhilips - Force India
RaileanuCristianPhilips - Force India
MinaliRiccardoPhilips - Force India
XandriJanPhilips - Force India
BartaWilliamPhilips - Force India
ChampoussinClementPhilips - Force India
LeemreizeGijsPhilips - Force India
Garcia CortinaIvanPolar
FrankinyKilianSauber Petronas Racing
PomoshnikovSergeiSauber Petronas Racing
CamperoPiterSauber Petronas Racing
HibatullahJamalSauber Petronas Racing
Mat SenanMohammad SaufiSauber Petronas Racing
ChhetriAjay PanditSauber Petronas Racing
AnaconaWinnerSauber Petronas Racing
AntonelliMichaelSauber Petronas Racing
AzmanMuhamad ZawawiStrava
NielsenJoanis AlbertStrava
PadunMarkTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
SpilakSimonTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
LutsyshynRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
AniolkowskiStanislawTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
GladyshRomanTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
NituAdrianTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
DzhusVolodymyrTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
TopchanyukArtemTeam Popo4Ever p/b Morshynska
MagerChristianTeam Puma - SAP
ZwiehoffBenTeam Puma - SAP
EggerMike AaronTeam Puma - SAP
SchinnagelJohannesTeam Puma - SAP
CemazarNikTeam Puma - SAP
HeidemannMiguelTeam Puma - SAP
QuintanaNairoVolcanica - Fox
ChavesJohan EstebanVolcanica - Fox
MarinGabrielVolcanica - Fox
BrenesGregoryVolcanica - Fox
HerreraErickVolcanica - Fox
RiesMichelVolcanica - Fox
AmadorAndreiVolcanica - Fox
HuertasJasonVolcanica - Fox
ShikaiChenVoyagin - Bird
LyuXianjingVoyagin - Bird
ShirotaYamatoVoyagin - Bird
ZardiniEdoardoVoyagin - Bird
OkaAtsushiVoyagin - Bird
ChenMingrunVoyagin - Bird
MatsudaShoiVoyagin - Bird
TaaramäeReinZara - Irizar
MasEnricZara - Irizar
PaezAndresZara - Irizar
SolerMarcZara - Irizar
FernandezRubenZara - Irizar
KeinathNicoZara - Irizar
VichotArthurZara - Irizar
De La Cruz ChapulinLuis FernandoZara - Irizar
Fair assessment that Oomen overperformed last year, but with Novak here I hope they can get us more points.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
My initial plan was to bring Morton instead of Haig, which didn't work for known reasons.. not my favorite race for Haig with no TT on the menu, but a Top-5 must be the goal anyway. He already performed in Ukraine (which went better than expected), so let's see, what he can do now. Obviously anything can happen from podium to just a low Top-10 and it may come down to daily form and tactics.
Perhaps an odd one for Cattaneo but it couldn't just ignore every PTHC race on the calendar. P7 here is already more points than second in a C1, and given the field that seems doable.

Hodeg is back obviously. Expecting four stage wins this year.
Luis Leon Sanchez
Going to be a tough one for Taaramae to score big but he should be Top 10 and hopefully knocking on the door of the Top 5. Fingers crossed the supporting cast gets him over the line! Would like to see a couple breakaways too.

Thank you for the preview and looking forward to the race! Good luck all Wink
Phinney was meant to be here until I realized the planning trouble. Now it will be a tough race for our home heros.
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Top 10 goal for us. As long as we get that, I'll be happy. The startlist also puts him around the Top 10 spot, so let's hope for that. We have a very strong support team here, which hopefully pays dividends. Interesting to see Minali so high up the sprinters list, wasn't expecting that. Let's see if he can get some points in the bag from the two stages. I doubt Barta will be his leadout though Pfft

Thanks for the preview red Smile
Lacking a bit of time at the moment as I need to recherche and write a paper till end of the year, which in addition to regular work and family takes most of my time at the moment which should call down again once it's finished.

Try to follow the mg though as good as possible. Obviously with this lineup expectations are high.

Wellens/Olivier hopefully coop well potentially doing a top5&top10. A lot of work can be done by the strong team behind them led by Carboni, a 3rd top25 guy possibly.

Startlist obviously is tough the leaders should try to avoid bad days on the vital days but at least having couple options should help.
I really need Madrazo to perform here after the disappointing start in Portugal. P-N didn't really give me hope, so I remain cautious. But a podium is a must here, ideally with a few good stage ranks. Thanks for the preview, looking forward to the reports!
There goes Alvaro's streak Sad
Marcovdw wrote:
There goes Alvaro's streak Sad

There are worse ways to end winning streaks than with a podium, though Pfft
Great to see De Stijl's perfect leadout being rewarded with the stage win Smile
Novak pacing to get Oomen dropped. Are we Movistar?
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Cattaneo sticking with the favorites, that's all I'm realistically asking this race
Luis Leon Sanchez
Test failed there by Taaramae. Clearly not in the best form in that stage but at least he didn’t lose any more time than necessary. Surprisingly strong though by Mas to finish in the same group. Does at least give a secondary threat for an interesting attack option!
Good start. Hopefully Merhawi can take the jersey all the way home from this position. Smile

Thanks for the report, redordead!
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So far so lame, but good enough. Not a shame to lose time on Kudus.
Solid by Higuita, but we hoped for more. Chamorro and Petelin are major disappointments as of now.
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Much better today! Need two more good days though.
Changed my sig, this was getting absurd.
Well. Looks like it's gonna be a rough season watching Madrazo. I assume it's the poor hill/acceleration combo that lets him down, that I maybe misevaluated. Could be a string of bad luck with daily form, but it's been a consistent pattern so far this season. He's still 5th in the GC, but given what we invested in him, both in terms of fee and salary, and what/who we did not pursue as a result, anything but reliable podium finishes are a major letdown. But perhaps we're due one. Still a long season to go, we'll see.

I'm also pretty disappointed in the supporting cast. Ndayisenga outside of the Top 40 twice is really bad. The one silver lining here has been El Sabbahi on stage one. And of course the nice reports, thanks for those, red Wink
Strong ride by Haig, initiating a selection with a late attack and holding on for a podium finish. Obviously can't complain here. Hopefully he can keep this form at least until the second to next day, that should be the crucial stage for the GC.

Anyone else with a partly very very slow Daily website these days? Or is it just me for some weird reasons?
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