Peñuela finds successes at hometown race – Vuelta a Colombia Femenina Oro y Paz
Racing on a composite team of Weber Shimano Ladies Power-UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, Diana Peñuela helps push the team to Team GC win, takes home sprinter’s jersey, and a stage victory.
Proving again that she is one of the strongest Colombian women’s riders in the international peloton, Diana Peñuela had an excellent showing at the 2017 Vuelta a Colombia Femenina Oro y Paz. Over the course of six stages Peñuela finished top-10 every day, and took the win on stage 1.
2017 marks the first year that the women’s race in Colombia received UCI status, giving the field even more reason to fight for wins. An important race for not only Colombia, but Peñuela in particular because the route was mostly within kilometers of her hometown. Stage 5 finished in Peñuela’s hometown, Manizales, where family and friends cheered her on to a 4th place finish.
The last stage was the most emotional for me, with my hometown welcoming the race.
“Diana is a class act, she worked well with our team while always being the professional and respecting the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling colors,” said Veronica Martinez of the Weber Shimano Ladies Power team.
“Although my blue team missed a lot of exciting racing, I was able to put into practice many of the lessons I’ve learned from our captain Lauren Hall, and replicate some of the incredible experiences I’ve lived next to my colleagues on the blue train and director Rachel Heal,” Peñuela said about the overall experience.