American squad Jamis-Sutter Home will make an emotional start to open its season at the Vuelta de Chile January 27. The team named Argentinean Ignacio Pereyra to head its six-man roster for the 11-day UCI 2.2 event.
Director Sebastian Alexandre’s team earlier this month scrapped plans for its usual start at the Tour de San Luis when sprinter Alejandro Borrajo was injured during a bizarre series of events in which his older brother, Armando, was kidnapped and later ended his own life. Alexandre and the Borrajo brothers are childhood friends and the team was left reeling by the loss.
“All of our riders are motivated to race hard,” Alexandre said. “Our squad was touched by tragedy in the off season. But we are ready to move forward and look forward to putting Ignacio on the podium.”
Supporting Pereyra in Chile will be Fernando Antogna, Anibal Borrajo, Nicolas Frey, Andrew Guptill and Tyler Wren.
The Vuelta de Chile returns in 2011 after a four-year layoff. The tour will cover more than 1,200 kilometers and travel through 11 of Chile’s 15 regions.