Fernando Gaviria to start 2018 season in South America
Dec 09 2017 03:07 am CET

Fernando Gaviria to start 2018 season in South America

Quick-Step Floors' Fernando Gaviria will start his 2018 season in South America. The Colombian will first appear at the Vuelta a San Juan and then in Colombia Oro y Paz.

Argentina has been important in the Colombian's life and he could even say that his successful career as a professional started there. "Racing in Argentina is something very special for me because it was here that the door to a pro contract opened, back in 2015," he said.

"I won five times in my previous outings here, I like everything – from the race to the fantastic support and warm welcome we are always getting from the fans – and I can’t wait to return there in January and hopefully kick off the year on the right foot again."

Gaviria, who took 15 victories in his 2017 season, will then go to the newly created Colombian race that will take place between the 6th and the 11th of February. "I can’t tell you how proud I am to race in front of my family, my friends and countrymen as a pro in a stage race, especially one which is at its debut," he explained.

"I rode here once in the past, at last season’s National Championships, but this time it will be a completely different story and just thinking about it gives me huge joy; it’s something I’ve dreamt about when I was younger and just picked up cycling. There are still some weeks to go until the start of the season, but I’m already counting the days left until I’ll race in my country."
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