Race: Tour Colombia – Stage 5
Start/Finish: Paipa/Zipaquira, Colombia
Distance: 180.5 kilometers
Joonas Henttala (FIN)
No other way to put it—today was quite relentless.
In the first hour, there were non-stop attacks. I think the big teams really wanted to be in the breakaway, so that made it hard for the first 90 minutes or so.
Then it never got really easy today. You could feel the pressure on the pedals the whole day. I think the wind made everyone a little extra nervous.
When we were riding up the climbs, we weren’t going full gas, but I would describe it as annoyingly hard. Once we got down from the last climb, we were hit by crosswinds all the way to the finish. This made the lead into Zipaquira sheer chaos in the bunch.
Tomorrow is the last stage and hopefully this is preparing us for a strong race in Rwanda next week.
On Sunday, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team will conclude the Tour Colombia with Stage 6 with a 182.6-km race that starts in Zipaquira and finishes on the decisive El Once Verjon.