CARACAS. The 53rd edition of the Vuelta al Táchira by bicycle will run from January 12 to 21, 2018, and a large participation of Colombian competitors is expected due to the proximity of the Colombia Oro and Paz race, in February.

"They would come to prepare, we can say that the participation of many Colombians is expected for the return of Oro y Paz," the president of the Tachirense Cycling Association, William Rodríguez, told EFE news agency, which also expects the confirmation of cyclists from Cuba. , Dominican Republic and Switzerland.

Colombia Oro y Paz will be held between February 6 and 11. The rest of 16 days after the Tour of Táchira could motivate the arrival of several teams in that country to close their preparation.

Among the teams that will be present at the start of the first stage of January, in Bramón, is the JB Ropa Deportiva squad. Directed by coach Julio Bernal, he has participated in the last two editions of the Andean tour without being able to transcend, but they bet that 2018 will be his year.

"After the Vuelta a Venezuela the group had a short break. We are already training for the Vuelta al Táchira, "Bernal explained to a Colombian cycling portal.

"The idea is to get to the Vuelta al Táchira with everything, we want to win it, we dream about it and it can be achieved," said the director. "The idea is to get the support of companies that want to be with us."

JB Ropa Deportiva, which is scheduled to arrive in Venezuela on January 8, will have Venezuelan Anderson Paredes, silver medalist on the route of the Bolivarian Games of Santa Marta and who comes from the Vuelta a Tovar last week.

Runners from Colombia have won the Vuelta al Táchira 18 times. The last one to conquer it was Hernán Buenahora, in the 2007 edition. This year the best placed Colombian in the general classification was Iván Ramiro Sosa, who was seventh defending the colors of Androni Sidermec and champion of the U23 category.

La Vuelta 2018 will have 10 stages and the mountain will put emotion to the course. The traditional circuit in the avenues Spain and April 19 will be the final point of the competition. (