Julián Arredondo was born and raised in Ciudad Bolivar, a city in the heart of the cycling-crazed and coffee-rich department of Antioquia. Persuaded by his father and uncles, avid cyclists themselves, he began racing at a very young age; first with the city’s cycling club, then as he progressed to another local academy. From here, he made a brave leap in his desire to achieve his life-long dream of racing for a Pro Team: he headed to Italy.
Julián competed in Italy for five seasons and amassed eight victories in that time, however, it was his results with the Italian-Japanese Continental team Nippo-De Rosa Asia in 2013 that generated attention to this diminutive Colombian climber. He won the Tour de Langkawi early in the year, followed that with the overall in the Tour de Kumano, and then - while helping his teammate cinch the leader’s jersey - finished second in the Tour of Japan. It was more than enough for Trek Factory Racing to sign him to a contract for the 2014 season.
And Julián continued where he left off by winning two stages in his first race with the team, the Tour de San Luis. However, his biggest achievement came in May when he won stage 18 at the Giro d’Italia, then went on to clinch the blue jersey as the Giro’s best climber.This all generated huge fanfare back home where he became an instant star.
It was a big learning year for Julián taking on a much bigger workload of much faster races. He found it hard to be away from home for longer periods than before, but by far the biggest challenge was - and will continue to be - learning how to balance his new founded star status.