Egan Bernal sealed the inaugural Colombia Oro y Paz title with a stunning late attack on the final day in Manizales.
Speaking before stepping onto the podium Bernal said: “I felt very good all day long and I kept telling the guys: ‘I feel good, I feel good!’ but I had to keep calm and wait for the tougher last kilometres.
This race is very positive for the country and I hope that more teams will come in the future.
"I felt very good," he added. "The Tour Down Under was warm and fast and ended well. Then the national time trial title gave me a bit of confidence. I also felt good during the road race that Sergio won. I think that everything was going in the right direction. I came here with the idea to do the best I could.”
And Egan has relished racing on home roads: “This race gave me the opportunity to race in my country, in my homeland, in front of my fellow Colombians. It’s an honour. This race is very positive for the country and I hope that more teams will come in the future."
The 187.8km stage played out in surprising circumstances, with a large group of more than 30 riders going clear in the early stages.
1. Dayer Quintana (Movistar) 4:22:11
2. Egan Bernal +10"
3. Sebastian Henao +10"
4. Angel Alexander Gil (EPM) +14"
5. Daniel Martinez (EF Education First-Drapac) +18"
1. Egan Bernal 20:49:03
2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +9"