Be the fastest again after passing the Covid ... twice!

Fernando Gaviria, the UAE Colombian sprinter, starts as a favorite in the Almería Classic this Sunday (15:30, Eurosport2) after a 2020 with the disease.


"I would not say that 2020 was a lost year, but the results were not what we expected," says Fernando Gaviria with AS. The Colombian UAE sprinter, one of the fastest runners in the world in mass arrivals, faces this 2021 with the challenge of improving his six victories last season (triplet in San Juan, one in Burgos, Limousin and Tuscany). But it is that his 2020 was far from being normal, since he suffered the coronavirus ... twice! 444 444

The one from Antioquia assures that he is well: "I have not noticed any sequelae and that is good." This Sunday, at the Clásica de Almería (15:30, Eurosport2) he makes his debut in a year in which he has a good part of his goals in the Giro, where he hopes to achieve the chiclamino jersey (as in 2017) after in 2020 did not achieve any triumph in the Italian great, which he had to abandon due to his second Covid infection (the first was on the UAE Tour) .

"In the past Giro, things did not go well and we tried to assess whether it had been the disease that lowered my performance. I underwent all kinds of checkups, cardiological, stress ... and everything went well," explains the UAE , that you should not have to worry about this problem as the UAE is one of the first sports teams in the world to be vaccinated in the United Arab Emirates: "I am very grateful to the team for giving us this opportunity. The vaccine was good for me, no I noticed any kind of problem ".

That is why he hopes that this 2021 will be his return to the best level, although he will not show it in the Tour de France, which does not enter his plans for a simple reason: "The Tour is going to be a race where all efforts they will go to support Tadej Pogacar, not to prepare the sprints, "he reasons. For now, the Clásica de Almería this Sunday, San Remo, Tirreno or the Giro will be some of his main objectives on his way to being the fastest cyclist in the peloton again.

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