Every time Rigoberto Urán speaks, he conveys joy. He is a man who laughs at everything that happens to him. However, he must not be having a good time, because the start in the Tour de France has not been ideal, nor has his season been good.
experience broker, Urán knows that in the ‘long game there is revenge’, but without a doubt, because of what has happened to him in these first three stages of the competition, he has Christ on his back.
(Rigoberto Urán, another hard crash in the Tour de France, video)
(Daniel Martínez: this is how his leg was left after a hard fall on the Tour)
He did not do his best time trial. He lost 1 minute 8 seconds to Tadej Pogacar, the top favorite for the title. The EF team leader did not have a good day and in an effort in which he has excelled he lost important time.
On Saturday he fell twice. The first, 30 kilometers from the finish line, when he was entangled next to people like the leader at the time, Yves Lampaert.
On Sunday, when the race was about to end and the lot entered the last 2.8 kilometers for the finish, He was in the thick of it at the end. He did not lose more minutes, thanks to the rule that protects cyclists from a mishap in the last 3 kilometers of the stage and does not penalize them with time.
On the last day of the Danish Road Tour he fell again. This time, Urán was in a mess that occurred in the middle of the main group, 9 kilometers from the finish line.
He immediately stopped, but could not make it, he lost 39 seconds and is already two minutes behind the leader, Wout van Aert, in the general classification. But not there for everything.
He wasted time next to prominent people like Bauke Mollema, Jack Hirt, Enric Mas and Damiano Caruso, second last year in the Giro d’Italia and who came as captain of Bahrain.
It’s not a good season
What has happened to him in this edition of the Tour, the ninth for him, has been the constant of the 35-year-old cyclist during the season, which has not been the best for him in terms of results and his health. He has not had good fortune. He came to the Tour as a mystery, because he has had problems.
Last April, in the Vuelta a Romandía he had to retire due to a fall. Days later it was confirmed that the left scapula was fractured.
He returned to racing on June 12, in the Tour of Switzerland, but tested positive for covid-19, he got off the bike and didn’t race again until last Friday.
This year the results have not accompanied him, he was 14th in the Tirreno-Adriatico, tenth in the Basque Country and 42nd in the Flecha Wallona.
Urán does not have a good time, that is clear, but the Tour is long, it is just beginning and he is a rider with a lot of experience and category.
He is not going to win it, he is not going to fight for the podium, but he can have cycling to enter a top 10 if he improves his condition and get rid of the bad streak.
(Formula 1: impressive crash at the British GP, video)
(Daniel Martínez and Nairo, great rise in the general classification of the Tour de France)
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