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Rigoberto Uran
Rigoberto Urán
Urán in 2014
Personal info
Full name Rigoberto Urán Urán
Nickname Rigo, Rigonator
Birthday/Birthplace (1987-01-26) 26 January 1987
Urrao, Colombia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Team information
Current team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2006 Team Tenax
2007 Unibet.com
2008–2010 Caisse d’Epargne
2011–2013 Team Sky
2014–2015 Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
2016– Cannondale
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France

1 individual stage (2017)
Giro d’Italia

Young rider classification (2012)
2 individual stages (2013, 2014)
1 TTT stage (2013)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2015)
GP de Québec (2015)
Milano–Torino (2017)
Giro del Piemonte (2012)

Medal record[show]

Men’s road bicycle racing
Representing  Colombia
Olympic Games
2012 London Road Race
Representing Quick-Step Floors
World Championships
2015 Richmond Team Time Trial

Rigoberto Urán Urán , ODB (Urrao, Antioquia, January 26, 1987) is a Colombian professional cyclist, member of the US ProTeam category team, EF Education First-Drapac. by teams like the Caisse d’Epargne, the Sky and the Omega Pharma-Quick Step. His most outstanding achievements as an athlete have been the silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games in the road cycling test, the second position in the 2013 and 2014 Giro d’Italia and the second position in the Tour de France 2017. < / p>

He stands out mainly as a climber, but he has also improved a lot in the last few races in the time trial, finishing fourth in the 2014 Romendia Tour time trial. He was second in the Borja time trial of the Vuelta a España 2014 behind the three-time world champion of the specialty, the German Tony Martin. His most important performance in this type of tests, was the Barolo time trial in the Giro d’Italia 2014 where he put on the pink jersey of leader.

Rigoberto Uran’s Biography

Urán was born in Urrao, Antioquia, a population of around 42,247 inhabitants located about 140 km west of Medellín, in a valley at an altitude of 1800 meters and surrounded by mountains such as Páramo del sol, at an altitude of 4000 meters. .

His father was killed by a group of paramilitaries when he was 14 years old, a few months after having introduced him into the world of cycling.

Debut in Europe

2006: beginnings in Italy

He made his professional debut in 2006 with the Italian team Team Tenax. In a race on the pavé he had a fall and fractured his clavicle.

2007: ProTour premiere and first victories

In 2007 he ran in the Unibet.com, of ProTour category, after the Swedish training had paid his termination clause.

It marked the best time before the suspension of the stage in the time trial of the Euskal Bizikleta, played in Abadiano. This situation took place under special conditions due to the fact that when Uran had already marked his time and the first six classified in the general standings were missing, the test was suspended due to a sudden change in weather, after the weather was overcast there was a storm of rain and wind, coming to fear for the physical integrity of the runners who had not yet taken the start in case they were still playing the time trial. In that way, the marked times had no value for the purposes of the general classification, which would be decided one day later in the final day with the traditional ascension to Arrate.

He won a stage in the Tour of Switzerland, and in the Tour of Germany he fractured both his elbows and his left wrist, injuries that caused him to receive plates that would not be removed until February of the following year. / p>

Progression in the Caisse d’Epargne de Unzué

In November 2007, he joined the Caisse d’Epargne in the ProTour category with a two-year contract. The squadron, directed by Eusebio Unzué and continuation of the Banesto structure, had runners like Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodríguez, Luis León Sánchez and David Arroyo. His arrival occurred at the same time as that of his compatriot Marlon Pérez.

2008: podiums in Catalonia and Lombardy

In 2008 he was second in the Volta a Catalunya, behind Gustavo César Veloso.

In August he participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing.

It closed the season being third in the Giro of Lombardy.

2009: debut in the Tour de France

In 2009 he participated for the first time in the Tour de France, occupying position 52 at 01:20:20 of the winner of the tour.

2010: two second places in Switzerland

In 2010, in the time trial that was run in the Giro d’Italia ending in the Plan de Corones with 12 kilometers distance, was placed in the seventh box 1 minute and 33 seconds from the winner Stefano Garzelli of Acqua & amp; Sapone who registered 41’28 “.

On the Sky

On September 28, 2010, his signing for the Sky Procycling, ProTour category, was announced. Dave Brailsford, general manager of the British team, referred to him as a young runner with a great talent who had already achieved good results and who predicted a great future.

2011: Tour de France

On July 16, disputed the 14th stage of the Tour de France, in which he arrived in the fifth place, he took the podium of this race as the new leader of the youth classification, thus putting on the white jersey that accredits him as the best cyclist under 25 years. At the end of the Tour he was placed in the 6th position of the youth classification and in the 24th position overall, 42 min 26 s of the winner Cadel Evans.

2012: Olympic medal

On March 22, he achieved his first victory of the season in the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya, imposing the sprint on Denis Menshov and Sylvester Szmyd on the arrival to the town of Ascó.

In the Giro d’Italia he wins the white jersey as the best young man followed by his teammate, the also Colombian Sergio Luis Henao. On July 28 the cyclist won a silver medal in the Road Cycling event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, a historic feat for the country.

2013: Giro d’Italia

Without relevant performances at the beginning of the season, along with Sergio Henao he came to the Giro d’Italia as one of Bradley Wiggins’ gregarious for the mountain stages. Urán was awarded the 10th stage, disputed on May 14 between Cordenons and Altopiano del Montasio. The Colombian took 20 s advantage over his compatriot Carlos Betancur, ratifying the good historical performance of the Colombians in the climb. Thanks to this performance and to retire from the race Bradley Wiggins, after stage 12, received the captaincy of the team Sky Procycling. Finally finished in second place at 4 min 43 sec from winner Vincenzo Nibali, never with victory options, but always very close to the podium.

World Championship

In the 2013 World Championship held in Tuscany, Urán was a team leader with Nairo Quintana; In the last round of the circuit Urán takes the flight along with Joaquim Rodríguez, Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa; but a fall to 9 km to finish the circuit ends with the possibilities of Uran to dispute the podium. Finally finished 41 ° to 4 min 27 seconds from the winner Rui Costa, finishing an outstanding performance of the Colombian team.

Leader of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step


In 2014 he arrived as the leader of his new team Omega Pharma-Quick Step, his main objective was the Giro d’Italia where he won a time trial stage, which placed him as the leader of the race, being the first Colombian and Latin American in wearing the pink jersey. He maintained the lead of the race during three other stages, before his compatriot Nairo Quintana snatched it after winning stage 16 and finally held until the end of the competition. Urán finished, for the second consecutive year, second in the general classification.

He participated in the Vuelta a España, doing a good performance in the first week, as he achieved a second place in a stage against the clock, behind the specialist Tony Martin. Subsequently, he had to leave due to bronchitis.


The season starts with the Colombian Cycling Championships where he is crowned national cycling champion Time trial in the test that was played on roads Antioquia on 40 kilometers.

Later, he participated in the Tirreno-Adriatico, and in the end he would get the third place in the general classification. He made part of the Giro d’Italia, being 14th overall and also of the Tour de France, where he occupied the 42nd block in the general. In September, he won the Quebec Grand Prix, held in Canada.

Later the US team Cannondale-Garmin announces the signing of the Antioquia runner for the 2016 season to be the team leader in the Giro d’Italia.


2016: New equipment and adaptation

He started the season with his new American team the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team competing in the Tour of the Algarve, however, his schedule was defined to arrive in the best conditions to the Tour of Italy where he started as team leader, but his performance in that competition it was not the expected one, nevertheless it had a recovery in the last week, especially in the penultimate stage and it achieved a 7º position in the general classification.

In the final part of the season he achieved a recovery of form, showing it in his participation in several of the classics, in the Grand Prix of Quebec he tried to launch a distant attack like the previous year, although this time it did not reach him and he occupied the 10th box, and in the classic ones of autumn in Italy: he was 3rd in the Giro of Emilia, 3rd in the Milan-Turin and 3rd in the Giro of Lombardy. [21 ]


He started his season competing in the Vuelta a Andalucía, where he finished 8th overall. He then took part in the Strade Bianche and the Larciano Grand Prix, achieving the 3rd place. He also participated in the Tirreno-Adriatico, occupying the 8th space in the general standings. Prior to the Tour de France, he took part in the competition in the Southern Route, remaining 8th in the general classification.

He competed in the Tour de France where he won stage 9 of 181 kilometers played between Nantua and Chambéry and considered one of the queen stages of the race. In this stage, a strong fall of Richie Porte in the descent of Mont du Chat caused the fall of Daniel Martin, who was partially dodged by Uran, presenting a slight blow that affected the changes of his bike. Despite the mechanical breakdown, Urán managed to stay together with the group of favorites until the arrival at the finish line, where he sought the stage victory starting in advance to the sprint, but was reached at the finish line by the Frenchman Warren Barguil (Sunweb) , being necessary the verification of the photo-finish to verify the victory of Urán. In the mountain stages always stayed with the group of favorites, and even discounted time in some of them thanks to the bonuses. In the penultimate stage he made a good presentation in the 22.5 km time trial – where he fought a fall in the last meters, after going to the hurdles after a curve, yielding at the end of the stage 25 seconds with the leader Froome and taking 1 minute and 31 seconds to Romain Bardet to recover the second position in the general classification. On July 23 he is crowned sub-champion of this competition, being the third Colombian to climb the podium of the Tour after Fabio Parra and Nairo Quintana and likewise achieving the fifth podium for Colombia and Latin America in the history of the Tour.

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