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by Shane Stokes
December 6, 2017
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Left in shock in August with the news that Cannondale-Drapac’s expected new title sponsorship had fallen through, Rigoberto Uran has said that he was close to returning to Team Sky. It is a move that would have decimated his chances to try to improve on his second overall in this year’s Tour de France.
“I had a few offers on the table and Sky was one that I was close to returning to,” he told Cyclist. He competed with the team between 2011 and 2013.
Asked if that would have meant him losing his leadership role, he admitted that Tour ambitions would have gone out the window. “It depends on what would you like to do. If you want to race to win the Giro d’Italia there’s no problem [the interview was done prior to the announcement that Chris Froome will ride the race], but if you want to race the Tour de France you know where your place is.
“With Education First-Drapac I’ve signed for three years and the idea is to race the Tour de France next year.”
Uran is downplaying his capabilities and his ambition. Having finished just 54 seconds behind Chris Froome – a margin which included the delay he incurred when he almost crashed in the final time trial – Uran showed he could be a winner of the race. Cannondale-Drapac’s new sponsorship by Education First kept him on board, and has kept that goal on track.
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