Matt Rendell con Colombia Es Pasion!: How Colombia's Young Racing Cyclists Came of Age
Nairo Quintana, from a family of market traders in the remote village of Cómbita, would very probably have followed his elder brother into the army had he not become a professional cyclist. Since 2013 he has won the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta a España and finished three times on the podium of the Tour de France.In August 2001 Rigoberto Urán's father was one of a group of cyclists taken hostage and then executed by FARC guerrillas. In 2017, Rigoberto finished second in the Tour de France.The urbane Esteban Chaves, meanwhile, is a child of the capital, Bogotá, where his father was an itinerant carpenter. Always smiling, always friendly, Estaban finished second in the 2016 Giro d'Italia and third in the 2016 Vuelta a España.Colombia Es Pasión! How Colombia's Young Racing Cyclists Came of Age explores how and why a golden generation of Colombian cyclists emerged, placing the lives and careers of the leading riders in the context of their country, and reaching back through time to trace the cycling tradition in their respective towns and villages, the local influences and helpers who brought them through, their move to European cycling, and their development and attainments at WorldTour level.