FULL OF SACRIFICES. A son of Anselmo and Yolanda, workers at the potato fields and, in his mother’s case, an avid cyclist, Juan Diego Alba is one of countless examples of riders who had to take on triple duties as young men, combining the school, the work alongside their families at home and training on the bike to earn a future together. From the Escuela de Ciclismo de Tuta, his hometown, Juan Diego went on to local team Boyacá es para Vivirla, and then, to remarkable international performances which have earned him a well-deserved place in the ‘big leagues’.
‘UN GRANDE GIRO’. In the mountains, at heights similar to the 2,600 meters above sea level where he lives at home, Juan Diego forged his biggest week as a rider within the world’s top under-23 contenders: the Giro, which he finished in 3rd overall behind Camilo Ardila and now-teammate Einer Rubio. He added a big stage win to that, in a place that gives goosebumps to cycling fans by just whispering its name: Aprica.
A YEAR OF ADAPTATION. His professional debut, overshadowed -as with every single 2020 neo-pro- by the long stop, didn’t prevent him from scoring some good results at his first race within WorldTour competitors, the Tour Colombia -24th, first Movistar finisher-, or finish top-ranked events like Lombardia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Flèche or Liège. Patience and good work to seek for greater results in the upcoming years.
Juan Diego could have well ended out of professional cycling should he have chosen to focus on his other great love, even more so than sports: dancing. It was only because of advise by his parents and his trainer, Ricardo Mesa, about specialising on just one task that he chose to continue with bike racing, and didn’t keep on chasing a career as a skilled dancer – which he still is.
- At his maiden 2020 race, the Tour Colombia.
- During the 2020 Italian summer tournée, at the Gran Piemonte.
- His win atop Aprica in the 2019 U23 Giro.
- On the podium of the ‘Corsa Rosa’ for amateurs.