Fernando – who began cycling at the age of 15, helped by his father – is one of the most talented riders to turn pro in the last years, very fast in the sprints, but also tailor-made for the Classics. A cyclist with a solid pedigree on the track (Omnium World Champion in 2015 and 2016), he came into international attention at the 2015 Tour de San Luis, following his two stage victories by several bike lengths ahead of Mark Cavendish.
In his first season with the team, he continued to impress and make a name for himself, as he notched up seven wins, three of which he landed at World Tour level (Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de Pologne). Besides these, he took the spoils in four other events, including Paris-Tours, the final one-day race of the year, where a gutsy attack he launched inside the final kilometer foiled the sprinters’ plans and helped him become the first ever Colombian to win the French Classic.
#Top-10 positions: 4
Race distance covered: 1568 km
Days of racing: 12 days