Atapuma signs for Cofidis

Darwin Atapuma (UAE Team Emirates)

Darwin Atapuma will drop down to Professional Continental level in 2019, leaving UAE Team Emirates and joining the Cofidis Solutions Crédits team. The Colombian climber turned professional with the Colombia-Coldeportes team in 2012 and moved up to the WorldTour with BMC Racing Team in 2014 before moving to UAE Team Emirates in 2017 . The 30-year-old finished ninth overall at the Giro d'Italia in 2016, and won a stage of the Tour de Suisse a month later. He has become a regular fixture in breakaways on Grand Tour mountain stages, but has yet to land a stage win despite a string of near misses. "I'm both happy and proud to be able to wear the Cofidis colours from next January. I've already got back into training in order to be ready for the first team meetings," Atapuma said. "It's a great experience for me to be in a French team. ...

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