Colombia Is Burning

They say that ‘Colombia es pasión’ (‘Colombia is passion’), and with the Tour de France’s first mountain stage set for Tuesday, that passion is expected to be on full display when Colombian sensation Nairo Quintana hits the steep slopes of the Pyrenees. To give a sense for what that means, or rather what that sounds like, Chalet created this video of Señal Colombia TV announcer Lucho Escobar’s impassioned commentary during the final kilometer of Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France. Watch how, in the span of just 1,000 meters, Nairo drops the best riders in the world, and helps distance Colombia even further away from years of stigma and prejudice.

Video editing and subtitles by Gregory Addo