The Team Medellín team will have its first international test with Miguel Ángel López as leader of the squad. (Twitter / Team Medellin)
The most important cycling race in South America, the Vuelta a San Juan, opened its curtain with the presentation of the 26 squads that will cycle through Argentina between January 22 and 29, 2023. There, the team that received the most applause was Team Medellín, Miguel Ángel ‘Superman’ López’s new squad, after parading down the stage wearing a uniform with the colors of the world champion team and a few nods to Lionel Messi.
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The new Team Medellín rider will be present at the Vuelta a San Juan, where he will reunite with his former team
Fabio Duarte, Javier Jamaica, Óscar Sevilla, Victor Ocampo, Miguel Ángel and Brayan Sánchez were in charge of paying tribute to the team that gave the Olympic return at the Lusail stadium after winning 4-2 on penalties against their French counterpart at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. This kit featured the traditional white and light blue batons along with the number 10 and the flag of Argentina on the front.
In the dorsal area below the neck appears the sun of the flag, together with the surname Messi and again below the number 10. The most striking detail is in the part where the water drums are usually stored, and which is usually covered by the number of competitions, since the phrase “What are you looking at, fool” is written. This was enunciated by Lionel after the victory in the round of 16 against the Netherlands after a heated discussion with Wout Weghorst.
Team Medellín clothing in homage to the Argentine national team and Lionel Messi. (Twitter / Team Medellin)
The clothing used by Team Medellín will not be the official competition outfit for the Colombian squad, but cycling and soccer fans are already asking if it will be put up for sale to use during their training sessions on Colombian roads.
After joining Team Medellín, in the Continental category, the ex-cyclist from Astana and Movistar plans to “enjoy to the fullest regardless of any result”, despite the fact that he will officially start his calendar with the Vuelta a San Juan, which he considered an “ideal” race. to open the season because in this edition it will have “a high level”.
”Everyone is preparing. There is going to be a fierce battle with all the bosses out there. We hope to be there very close with them”.
Regarding the adaptation to his new team, with which he won the Clásica de Villeta over the weekend, a minor race in which he demonstrated his superiority, ‘Supermán’ indicated that the competition in his country will be demanding when running now in “ one of the best national peloton teams”.
A key season also begins in San Juan for Egan Bernal, winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, miraculously recovered from a serious accident suffered a year ago and with the challenge of demonstrating that his return to the world elite is a fact. Egan will be well protected in an Ineos that will line up heavy artillery, with Daniel Felipe Martínez, Jhonatan Narváez, Filippo Ganna and Elia Viviani.
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The competition will begin on Sunday, January 22 and will end on the 29th of the same month. The INEOS leader will also have Brandon Ramírez in his team
Sergio Higuita, leader of Bora Hansgrohe, who will seek the podium and sprint wins, will also count for the general classification. The sprinters will be protagonists in at least four stages. Another start over for Fernando Gaviria from Antioquia, Movistar’s star signing for 2023. The 28-year-old cyclist from La Ceja will try to return to being among the best in sprinting in a test in which he has a record of eight victories.
Gaviria, with only two victories in 2022, will not have an easy debut with the Movistar blue jersey, as he will face great specialists, such as the Dutch European champion Fabio Jakobsen, the Irish Sam Bennet, green jersey of the Tour or the Italian Giacomo Nizzolo.
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