Fernando Gaviria aims for Tokyo 2020 track qualification
Apr 30 2019 09:32 pm CET

Fernando Gaviria aims for Tokyo 2020 track qualification
Fernando Gaviria aims for Tokyo 2020 track qualification
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Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) has stated that he will attempt to compete in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 in track cycling.

The Colombian is in his country participating in the I International Track Event UCI Cali, where there will be classification points given for the World Championships, the World Cup and the Olympic Games of 2020. Gaviria already won a Madison competition in a duo with Juan Esteban Arango and is finding himself again in a discipline he tried to leave before.

Just after his participation in the Olympics of Rio de Janeiro 2016, in which he finished in the fourth place of the Omnium, the rider took the decision of leaving the track to focus only on the road, but the new Colombian project lead by director Cristiano Valoppi has convinced Gaviria to make a return to the discipline and try to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

"Being able to qualify seems complicated, but if I don't try we will be lost, so we will attempt it until the end," said the rider to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. "I will support Valoppi in everything I can, I will ask for permission in my team so I can be in as many competitions as possible and try like that to qualify for the Olympics."

Valoppi is an Italian coach that has already taken eleven Olympic medals in different countries and now he wants to make a difference in Colombia. "He has a great palmares and his ambitions are intact, he has the knowledge and already has a schedule prepared from now to the World Championships," Gaviria commented. "You can see how professional he is and that gives you reassurance because he always tells the truth.

"We are very clear about what has to be done and I've told him that I have to talk to my team first. He understood that and we are trying to work out all the options so we can make a good cycle and take as many points as possible."

Gaviria is also preparing for his first Grand Tour of the 2019 season. "The Giro d'Italia was a decision that we changed with the team because at first, the idea was to go to (the Tour of) California," he explained.

"I am happy to be returning to the Giro, it is a race that I like a lot and where I took four victories two years ago. I want to win as many stages as possible in the first ten days."

*An earlier version of this article stated that Gaviria didn't qualify for the 2016 Olympics, which he did and he finished in the fourth position of the Omnium. This information was later corrected.



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