Olympic double champion

April was surely a long month for Mariana Pajón, Carlos Ramírez and Diego Arboleda.

For various reasons, the three bicicrosistas paisas had to resign their aspirations of podium in the first two valid World Cup disputed in France.

Mariana could not even reach the semifinals due to a viral illness that she contracted and that even required hospital care after the competition.

Now, recovered, the Olympic double champion is ready to retake the domination among the female elite, in the World Cups that will be held in Holland and Belgium, between May 6 and May 13.

The “Tata” will be accompanied by two women and six men who make up the Colombia team, announced yesterday by Fedeciclismo.

Among them stand out the Olympic medalist Carlos Ramírez, who could not access the seat of the best in the competition for some mishaps that he presented in the semifinal series.

“Many things happen in races but the challenge is to minimize those risks with good preparation. Hopefully there will be revenge “, points out the bronze medalist in Rio-2014.

As for Arboleda, the 21-year-old confesses that he could weigh a little the inexperience on European tracks.

“The best in the world make you feel the difference. It is another level. But honestly I think I can aspire to the podium, “says the native of Girardota and who comes to get gold in the two valid National Cup, played in Medellin and Manizales this month.

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