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by Shane Stokes
August 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: ‘I want to win the Tour,’ declares Uran, announcing three-year contract extension; Meintjes rejoins Team Dimension Data for 2018; Froome chasing place in history as Team Sky’s Vuelta line-up named; Former winner Nibali: I’ve worked hard for the Vuelta; Glittering Orica-Scott GC squad for Vuelta a España; BMC Racing Team to Vuelta ‘with one of the strongest rosters we have named’; UAE Team Emirates targets top 10 in Vuelta, Katusha-Alpecin and Movistar also name squads; Revamped Three Days de Panne to Include WWT Event; Hepburn extends with Orica-Scott until end 2019; Astana signs Hirt, Keisse extends with Quick Step, Fabbro to Katusha; Canyon launches first full-carbon cyclocross bike: Inflite CF SLX; Video: Surprised competition winner gets handed pro bike by professional rider; Video: Contador relaxes at home; Video: High speed hand-up; Video: Uran struts his stuff at the Colorado Classic
Confidence boosted considerably by his return to form and runner-up slot in this year’s Tour de France, Rigoberto Uran has confirmed he will extend with the Cannondale-Drapac team and targeted the biggest goal in the sport. “I’ll race many races, and I have many goals,” he stated on Monday. “The biggest, of course, is the Tour de France. I want to win the Tour.”
His result – second overall, just 54 seconds adrift of winner Chris Froome – was the best Tour finish ever for him and also the squad. As a result they were keen to keep the partnership going and have agreed a three-year extension. “I’m very happy with the team,” he said. “The environment here suits me. I have a lot of respect for the people that are part of the team – the mechanics, the soigneurs, the staff, my teammates. They know how to have fun off the bike and be serious when it’s time to race. That’s important to me.
“A three-year contract offers security, and the team is willing to allow me to focus my season on the Tour de France. I was very happy to sign.” Also pleased is general manager Jonathan Vaughters, who spoke about a relatively quiet 2016 season for Uran.
“Cycling is a sport where people have a bad year or two and they get written off quickly,” he stated. “And let me qualify that Uran’s ‘bad year’ included a seventh place finish at the Giro d’Italia while racing with bronchitis. We knew what he was capable of.”
He has also finished as runner-up in two editions of the Giro d’Italia and acknowledges that he is yet to take a pro stage race. “Always second,” he said, making clear he wants to change that in the Tour. “We’re fully prepared to support Uran in this pursuit,” said Vaughters. “His ambition is one that we share, and the team is excited to work with him on his biggest goal.”