Jarlinson Pantano is another new addition to the team, signing with Trek-Segafredo after IAM Cycling ended its sponsorship after 2016. The Colombian was a revelation of the Tour de France last year, winning stage 15 and two times second and the combativity award in Stages 17 and 20. It may have been a surprise to many, but Jarlinson had already shown his form in the Tour de Suisse, winning the final mountain stage and finishing fourth overall. 2016 was merely a coming-of-age year for a gifted climber who had previously teased with his talent, including a 3rd in the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir in 2010 as under-23, and by finishing 3rd in stage 16 and 19th overall in the Tour de France in 2015.
He was slow to ripen after turning pro in 2011 with Colombia es Pasión, but it was a difficult transition from being one of the best in Colombia to finding himself in the gruppetto in Europe. His persistence paid off; slowly he improved, coming close to top three finishes until he finally got the monkey off his back, taking his first pro victory in the uphill finish of stage nine at the Tour de Suisse. It was the win that 'cleared the air'. A month later, Jarlinson certified he wasn't a one-hit wonder winning a grueling mountain stage at the Tour, an unforgettable moment.
Jarlinson is approaching his prime years and dreams of winning the Tour one day. At the least, he envisions himself on the podium, but for now, his prime objective is to work for Alberto Contador and the team. He knows his time will come, and if the opportunity to lead in the smaller races should arise next year, he's ready.
His affable demeanor has earned him the nickname País, another way of saying amigo or friend in Colombia. Jarlinson lives with his wife and son in Europe during the season, but they return home to Cali whenever possible. Jarlinson spends his downtime playing with his five-year-old son, whom he adores.