“Another fantastic weekend in the midst of beautiful people,” said the 3 time World Champion. “Returning to Colombia is always a pleasure and doing it with a beneficial purpose is even better.”
1500 riders participated in the 152km gran fondo along with a charity gala to benefit starving children of Barranquilla.
Sagan was joined by one of his Pro Tour sprinting rivals, UAE Team Emirates’ Fernando Gaviria, as well as several members of the Colombia National Cycling Team based out of Barranquilla.
With a 5:45AM start, Sagan and Gaviria quickly whittled the front group down to a manageable size before 90 degree heat and 70% humidity arrived.
Finishing in the front group was a bit of an off-season challenge for the Solvakian rider who commented afterwards, “all good, very hot but good.”
Gaviria flatted with with 50km to go and decided to call it a day, hitching a ride back via car.