Cycling may have started in the Western Hemisphere, but Brazil has sprouted a huge talent pool, and this year riders from across the globe will be competing at the Vuelta a Espana.
Over the next 10 days, a significant battle between French and Brazilian athletes will be taking place on the roads of the Vuelta. A list of endurance needs will be determined by winning the final day, and Brazilians are coming out on top.
Andre Heisey is currently ahead of the pack in the first of three stages before two time trial parts. If he were to hold onto his lead, he will be in prime position to clinch the win in a fitting display of the effort by this nation of 152 million, just to take home the yellow jersey.
Highly respected cyclist Armando Rios, also a contestant on the reality show “The Jump,” would be on the front of my list, too.
With a grassroots level and a commitment from corporations to buy into this cycle as their national sport, expect to see more and more riders from Brazil in the future.