Tour Colombia 2.1: EF Pro Cycling win opening TTT

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
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Rally Cycling in Tour Colombia 2020 stage 1 TTT,Tunja-Tunja,167 km, photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto2020
Rally Cycling in Tour Colombia 2020 stage 1 TTT,Tunja-Tunja,167 km, photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto2020

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Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas
Colombia Tierra de Atletas - GW Bicicletas

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Colombia in the Tour Colombia 2020 stage 1 TTT,Tunja-Tunja,167 km, photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto2020
Colombia in the Tour Colombia 2020 stage 1 TTT,Tunja-Tunja,167 km, photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Rally Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Rally Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Israel StartUp Nation photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Israel StartUp Nation photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 - 3rd Edition - 1st stage - Tunja - Tunja - 16,7 km - 11/02/2020 - Team Novo Nordisk - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2020
Tour Colombia 2020 - 3rd Edition - 1st stage - Tunja - Tunja - 16,7 km - 11/02/2020 - Team Novo Nordisk - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Deceuninck Quick Step photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Deceuninck Quick Step photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 UnoX Norwegian Development Team photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 UnoX Norwegian Development Team photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Movistar Team photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Movistar Team photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 UAE Team Emirates photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 UAE Team Emirates photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Bardiani CSF Faizane photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Bardiani CSF Faizane photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Team Ineos photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Team Ineos photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Team Ineos photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Team Ineos photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Team Ineos get ready to recon the Tour Colombia course
Team Ineos get ready to recon the Tour Colombia course

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TUNJA COLOMBIA FEBRUARY 11 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Sebastian Henao Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Jhonatan Narvaez Prado of Ecuador and Team INEOS Brandon Smith Rivera Vargas of Colombia and Team INEOS Leonardo Basso of Italy and Team INEOS during the 3rd Tour of Colombia 2020 Stage 1 a 167km Team Time Trial stage from Tunja to Tunja TTT TourColombiaUCI TourColombia2020 on February 11 2020 in Tunja Colombia Photo by Maximiliano BlancoGetty Images
TUNJA COLOMBIA FEBRUARY 11 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Sebastian Henao Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Jhonatan Narvaez Prado of Ecuador and Team INEOS Brandon Smith Rivera Vargas of Colombia and Team INEOS Leonardo Basso of Italy and Team INEOS during the 3rd Tour of Colombia 2020 Stage 1 a 167km Team Time Trial stage from Tunja to Tunja TTT TourColombiaUCI TourColombia2020 on February 11 2020 in Tunja Colombia Photo by Maximiliano BlancoGetty Images

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EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT
EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT

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EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT
EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT

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EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT
EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT

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EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT
EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT

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EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT
EF Pro Cycling in the Tour Colombia TTT

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Rigoberto Uran COL EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Rigoberto Uran COL EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Jonathan Klever Caicedo ECU EF Pro Cycling Rigoberto Uran COL EF Pro Cycling Sergio Higuita COL EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Jonathan Klever Caicedo ECU EF Pro Cycling Rigoberto Uran COL EF Pro Cycling Sergio Higuita COL EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Jonathan Klever Caicedo ECU EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Jonathan Klever Caicedo ECU EF Pro Cycling photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

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Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Julian Alaphilippe FRA Deceuninck Quick Step photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
Tour Colombia 2020 3rd Edition 1st stage TTT Tunja Tunja 167 km 11022020 Julian Alaphilippe FRA Deceuninck Quick Step photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020

EF Pro Cycling smashed the opening team time trial of the Tour Colombia 2.1, delivering a 45-second beating to Deceuninck-Quickstep in the 16.7km test, with Team Ineos and Tour de France champion Egan Bernal 46 seconds adrift in third.

Ecuadoran Jonathan Caicedo surged across the line first, and will trade his national champion's jersey for the first orange leader's jersey of the race.

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How it unfolded

The 16.7km team time trial in Tunja was relatively flat and very fast, although the teams climbed from just after the start into a headwind on a hill that gained 90 metres of elevation before the course turned back for a smoking fast run to the finish.

Starting fifth of the 27 teams, Pro Continental Team Rally Cycling set the mark to beat the early starters with a time of 19 minutes. The American team set the fastest time at all the check points and cruised onto the hot seat for a lengthy stay.

Rally’s mark held until Deceuninck-QuickStep, starting on the 19th spot, blasted across the line in 18:46, relegating Rally to second and taking over the the spot on the hot seat. UAE Team Emirates came in next at 19:01, failing to eclipse either the Belgian WorldTour team or the American pro Continental squad. EPM-Scott was next and also set a time of 19:01.

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s mark was obliterated by EF Pro Cycling, which started in the 23rd position and crossed the line in 18:01, a minute faster than Rally and 45 seconds better than their Belgian WorldTour rivals.

The Team Ineos squad of Colombian Tour de France champion Egan Bernal could only manage the third-best time when they crossed the line with a time of 18:46, missing QuickStep by just one second. 

With only the Russian National Team, and two Continental teams – Efapal and Canel’s – remaining, the US WorldTour team took the stage win and put Caicedo into the leader's jersey. 

The Tour Colombia 2.1 continues Wednesday with a 152.4km stage from Paipa to Duitama.


Pos.

Rider Name (Country) Team

Result

1

EF Pro Cycling

0:18:01

2

Deceuninck-Quick-Step

0:00:45

3

Team Ineos

0:00:46

4

Rally Cycling

0:00:59

5

EPM-Scott

0:01:00

6

UAE Team Emirates

7

Movistar Team

0:01:02

8

Israel Start-Up Nation

0:01:21

9

Team Medellin

0:01:22

10

Colombia Andina

0:01:33

11

Uno X Norwegian Development Team

12

Androni Giocattoli Sidermec

0:01:34

13

Team Illuminate

0:01:42

14

Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW

0:01:47

15

Efapel

0:01:57

16

Ogrull Paisa

0:02:02

17

Supergiros Alcaldía de Manizales

0:02:08

18

Russian National Team

0:02:12

19

Ecuador

0:02:13

20

Vini Zabu KTM

0:02:18

21

Bardiani CSF Faizané

0:02:19

22

Venezuela

0:02:26

23

Canel's Pro Cycling

0:02:31

24

Brazil

0:02:40

25

Amore e Vita

0:02:45

26

Team Novo Nordisk

0:03:07

27

Agrupación Virgen de Fátima

0:03:28

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