At the age of 28, the Colombian eventually gets his chance in the World Tour.
He is an amazing climber with plenty of promise.
His fantastic season has persuaded Garmin-Sharp to sign him for 2014.
This year he won the 1st stage of Tour of the Gila, finishing 5th overall, riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman.
In the Tour of California he won the 2nd stage, beating TJ Van Garderen, in 40 degree heat. He lost out to Leo Konig in stage 7, but still finished 3rd overall. In the Tour of Utah he was 2nd on the final stage and 3rd overall. In his final stage race of the season he won stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge, thanks to an agreement with Van Garderen, but his poor ITT cost him a spot on the podium, as he was edged into 4th.
The World Tour gains a very experienced, capable climber. If some of the big teams underestimate him, they will regret it! His ITT skills are not great, so it will remain to be seen how Garmin plan to use him, but he is very capable of winning stages in Grand Tours.