A star was born in San Luis: Fernando Gaviria
Climbs? Mountains? GC races? Forget about these for a moment, Colombia’s latest talent comes from the track and he’s a fascinating prospect, who has a brilliant future on the road. His name? Fernando Gaviria? His latest results? Two stage wins in the Tour de San Luis, each time in a head-to-head duel with Mark Cavendish. But was it a duel? Not quite, as the 20-year-old Colombian won without too much trouble the two flat stages of the Tour de San Luis, showing a fantastic anticipation, a phenomenal acceleration and an incredible burst of speed, and thus finishing a couple of bike lengths ahead of the 2011 World Champion.
Coming from the province of Antioquia, like many other talented cyclists that already have an impressive palmares, Gaviria made a name for himself on the track, where he took multiple wins, including two U23 world titles and a stage in the World Cup. But when it comes to the young South-American, there is more to him than meets the eye, because he is very versatile and his transition to the road was really smooth, which we all could see in 2014, when he took the Pan-American U23 road race. That win came in May, three months before the Tour de l’Avenir, where the Colombian went on to take a 3rd place in the Paray-le-Monial stage and finished second in the green jersey classification, missing the first place for just a point.
At the moment, Fernando Gaviria – who began his career dreaming of the legendary mountains of the Tour de France, before turning his attention to the sprints – has a contract with Coldeportes-Claro, but things are expected to change next season, as he already is fielding offers from the World Tour teams. Regardless of his choice (and he will have enough options), the Colombian is keen on racing on the track at the 2016 Olympics, which means he’ll not have a busy program next year. But considering what a fascinating talent he is, that shouldn’t be a problem for his future team, which will have at the start of the 2017 season a rider fully committed to the road and ready to rock the World Tour.