Fernando is one of the most talented riders to turn pro in the last years, very fast in the sprints, but also tailor-made for the Classics. A cyclist with a solid pedigree on the track (Omnium World Champion in 2015), he came into international attention at the Tour de San Luis, following his two stage victories by several bike lengths ahead of Mark Cavendish. These results and his huge passion for cycling convinced Etixx – Quick-Step to give him a pro contract, which will allow the young Colombian to pursue his dreams on the road, and also on the velodrome, as he’ll target the Olympic Games in Rio.
He began cycling when he was 15, helped by his father, and he never looked back since: “I was fascinated by the sprinters since I was a child, because it’s not only the speed that makes the difference, but also the tactics”. Last season, besides the victories in San Luis, he also went to take a stage in the Czech Cycling Tour, respectively the Tour of Britain, but he can’t name one of them as being the best, because “each was very important at its time.”
At the moment, Fernando may not have a favourite victory, but he does have a race he dreams of winning: “I love Paris-Roubaix for its difficulty level, for how tough it is. I watched this race on numerous occasions and the fact that the riders are able to go over the pain and to test their limits is truly unbelievable. One day, I hope to be victorious on the Roubaix velodrome.”
#Top-10 positions: 3
Race distance covered: 642 km
Days of racing: 5 days