21 May 2017
Fernando Gaviria. He was born on the 19th of August, 1994. He grew up in La Ceja, Colombia. As a teenager he started to race on the track first and made quite an impression by winning the omnium and madison events at the 2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships. In the year 2013, he signed for the Coldeportes-Claro team, the Colombian continental team with a lot of Colombian talents. In 2014, he won the omnium at the UCI Track World Championships. In 2015, he participated in the Tour de San Luis, a race early in the season. He won two sprint stages, beating Mark Cavendish twice. Cavendish stated that he never heard of Gaviria before, but he thought that it was impressive that such a young guy could beat him twice. He won the omnium at the UCI Track World Championships again and some European cycling teams started to follow him. By the end of 2015, the Etixx – Quick-Step team signed him for three months as a trainee. He directly showed that he was not just a ‘talent’ by winning a stage in the Czech Cycling Tour and a stage in the Tour of Britain. Of course, Etixx – Quick-Step signed him up for the next two years.
In 2016, Gaviria was on his way to win his first monument in Milano – Sanremo. He was about to sprint for the victory, but lost focus for two seconds and touched another wheel with his front wheel. He was on the ground before he knew it. He claimed that it was his own fault and he was in tears after the crash. But this also showed that he could manage to stay with the favorites after more than 250 kilometres of racing. Nevertheless, this year was a year with a lot of beautiful victories with a stage win in Tirreno – Adriatico and winning Paris – Tours.
In 2017, his team decided that it was time for his first Grand Tour and they let him start at the Giro d’Italia. Stage one went to André Greipel, stage two to Caleb Ewan, but after that the ‘Fernando Gaviria show’ began. He won stage three and even wore the pink jersey for one day. He won stage five and a couple of days ago impressed again by winning stage twelve and thirteen. He can become one of the best sprinters of the peloton if he goes on like this. Still, the young guy is not only dreaming of the Tour de France. He has shown in Milano – Sanremo that he is capable of winning a classic someday. In Gent – Wevelgem he ended in the top-ten twice. This means that he is a lot more than just a sprinter. And he stated that he always wants to win something new. Who knows what the future holds for him? Fernando Gaviria. He is on his way to become Colombia’s new hope.
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