Chris Froome will begin his 2019 season in Colombia, confirming his place in the Tour Colombia, which was run for the first time this year under the name Colombia Oro y Paz. New world champion Alejandro Valverde is also provisionally down to ride the six-stage mid-February race.
Froome’s participation has been on the cards for a number of months, and even during this year’s race the Colombian Cycling Federation were talking up their hopes of landing the four-time Tour de France winner for the race’s second edition.
Froome recently visited Colombia to take part in Rigoberto Urán’s mass-participation ride ‘Giro de Rigo’, and while he was there he paid a visit to the Federation to confirm his presence.
“Hello friends,” Froome said in Spanish in a video message. “I’m very happy to confirm my participation in the Tour Colombia, where I’ll begin my 2019 season. Many thanks to the Colombian Cycling Federation for the invitation. See you soon.”