Tour de France 2018: Colombia’s cycling obsession

( CNN) Every Sunday in Bogota the street echo to the whirring sound of cyclists weaving their way through the city’s ciclovias — cycling paths.

Cycling is deep rooted in Colombian culture, a nation known for it’s preoccupation with the sport.

It’s a passion that has helped nurture a number of contenders , notably Nairo Quintana, for the Tour de France — the most important point race of the cycling calendar, which starts this Saturday. The 105 th edition of the race begins in the Vendee region in the west of France.

Key to any potential winner’s the expectations of winning the Tour is the ability to negotiate the mountainous stages in the Alps and the Pyrenees. And Colombia’s mountainous regions offer the perfect develop environment.

As well as Quintana, Colombia will have a host of riders to cheer on at the Tour , notably Rigoberto Uran, who came second at the Tour last year and was also second at the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2014. Darwin Atampuma, Egan Bernal( win of two stages and of the overall category at the Tour of California this year ), Fernando Gaviria and Daniel Martinez will also be there.

Miguel Angel Lopez, who came third at this year’s Giro d’Italia, Sergio Henao( win of Paris-Nice in 2017 ), Winner Anacona and Jarlinson Pantano won’t take part in this year’s tour, but are other notable Colombian professionals, which provides a sense of the strength in depth of the sport in the South American country.

The 28 -year-old Quintana became a national rich after winning the Giro d’Italia in 2014 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2016.

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