Sergio Higuita starts as Colombia’s favorite for a medal in the Olympic road event

Sergio Higuita starts as Colombia's favorite for a medal in the Olympic road event

This Friday, July 23, the road cycling test of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games will be held with a route of 234 kilometers that will start from Musashinonomori Park and end at the Fuji International Speedway racetrack.

From the beginning, the peloton will travel the first 40 kilometers through narrow streets, between some neighborhoods and houses in the city of Shizuoka, until reaching an area of ​​the valley, where the route changes and the ascents and descents begin.

During the route, the day will have five mountain passes and an accumulated unevenness of 4,865 meters. The first 80 kilometers of the circuit will be uphill until the Doushi Road pass, the first mountain pass. Later, the cyclists will make a slight descent and then face the ascent to Kagosaka Pass, the second pass of the day.

Next, the riders will descend several meters and then begin the ascent to Mount Fuji Sanroku, located at kilometer 140 and with a height of 1,451 meters, being the third mountain pass and the highest of the route.

Then there will be a 60-kilometer route, where the riders will descend and go on a flat road, and then go back up the fourth slope, the Mikuni Pass. 20 kilometers ahead will be the Kagosaka, fifth and last mountain pass.

The last section of the race will be downhill for a finish with several slopes before the close at the Fuji circuit.

The Colombian runners who will participate in the day are Rigoberto Urán, Nairo Quintana, Esteban Chaves and Sergio Andrés Higuita. The cyclist with the most options to get a medal is Higuita, as he is the youngest of the four and the one who has had the least wear during the season.

Five coffee riders participated in the Rio 2018 Olympic Games: Sergio Luis Henao, Rigoberto Urán, Miguel Ángel López, Jarlinson Pantano and Esteban Chaves. The latter was the only one of the Colombians who finished the test in position 21.

The only one of the beetles who has achieved an Olympic medal is Rigoberto Urán. El Toro de Urrao finished second in the 2012 London road test and won the silver medal. The Colombian starred in a getaway in the last kilometers of the circuit together with the Kazakh Alexander Vinokurov, who took the gold medal.

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