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Rigoberto Urán Urán, ODB (born 26 January 1987) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education First.[3]

Rigoberto Urán
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Urán in 2019
Personal information
Full nameRigoberto Urán Urán
NicknameRigo, Rigonator[1]
Born (1987-01-26) 26 January 1987 (age 32)
Urrao, Colombia
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9 st 13 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamEF Education First
Rider typeClimber
Professional team(s)
2006Team Tenax
2008–2010Caisse d'Epargne
2011–2013Team Sky
2014–2015Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
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)
Gran Piemonte (2012)

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won a silver medal in the road race. He became the first Colombian ever to make the podium of the Giro d'Italia, when he finished second behind Vincenzo Nibali in the 2013 edition of the race, having taken leadership of Team Sky following the abandonment of team captain Bradley Wiggins. He also won a mountain-top stage in that race with a solo breakaway. The previous year, he had won the white jersey for best young rider, and a seventh-place finish overall. In the 2014 Giro d'Italia he finished second again in the general classification, this time behind countryman Nairo Quintana. His most impressive result came at the 2017 Tour de France, where he won a stage and finish 2nd overall.

Early lifeEdit

Urán was first introduced to the world of cycling at the age of 14 by his father, who was assassinated a few months later by one of the country's paramilitary terrorist groups.[4][5] Rigoberto had to take his place as a lottery seller to help his family and at the age of 16 he turned professional and moved to Medellín to ride for Orgullo Paisa, a Colombian cycling team.[6][7]

Cycling careerEdit

Tenax and Unibet (2006–07)Edit

At the age of 19 he moved to Italy to ride for Team Tenax with his compatriot Marlon Pérez Arango. The following year he signed for and won a time trial at the Euskal Bizikleta that was stopped with some riders still left to go due to heavy rainfall and strong winds. He also won the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse, getting away from a bunch of approximately 55 riders with 800 metres (2,600 ft) to go and holding onto the lead.[8] He also finished ninth overall of the race. At the 2007 Deutschland Tour he was in a breakaway with eventual stage winner Damiano Cunego when he flew down over a mountain stream and smashed into a retaining wall. He fractured both elbows and the right wrist.[9]

Caisse d'Epargne (2008–10)Edit

Urán at the 2010 Giro d'Italia

In 2008 he signed a contract with Caisse d'Epargne and went on to finish second at the Volta a Catalunya and third at the Giro di Lombardia, a prestigious one-day classic. At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Urán competed in the road race but he did not finish. In 2009 he finished fifth overall at the Tour de Romandie and rode his first the Tour de France and finished 52nd. In 2010 he rode the Giro d'Italia and finished 7th overall in the 2010 Tour de Suisse. He also rode the Vuelta a España but suffered a fall that ended his options of a high overall placing while being eighth overall.[10]

Team Sky (2011–13)Edit


Urán riding for Sky at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné

Urán joined Team Sky for the 2011 season.[11] He finished 5th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège,[12] and 4th overall in the Volta a Catalunya.[13] At the Tour de France, Urán became leader of Sky after Bradley Wiggins crashed out on Stage 7. He finished 5th on Stage 14, taking the best young rider's jersey and moving up to 11th overall in the process.[14] Urán lost the Maillot Blanc to Rein Taaramäe on Stage 18[15] after picking up an illness,[16] and eventually finished 24th overall.[17] He managed to recover in time for the Clásica de San Sebastián where he placed 9th and took his first top 10 finish in the race. Urán travelled to Canada in September in order to ride the new canadian World Tour classics that was introduced in 2010. His best result was 3rd at Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, which he later won in 2015.


During the 2012 Volta a Catalunya, Urán claimed his first win for Sky on Stage 4 after winning a sprint from a 6-man breakaway which narrowly held off the chasing pack. Urán finished second on the following stage, and finished the race in fifth place overall.

At the 2012 Giro d'Italia he won the young rider classification and finished seventh overall after being in the lead group for most of the mountain stages. He did not have one result that stood out in the individual stages, but finished in the top ten of stages 10, 14, 17 (4th), 19 and 20, which were all crucial mountainous affairs. He finished 5 minutes and 57 seconds in arrears of the victor, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin–Sharp.[18]

He took silver in the 2012 Summer Olympics road race after breaking away with Alexander Vinokourov with 8 km (5.0 mi) to cover. Approximately 200 meters from the arrival, and with the victory secured for one of the two men, Urán looked back, unwisely over his left shoulder (since Vinokourov was on his right) to see if the chasers were approaching to threaten their lead. Vinokourov then started his sprint, taking Urán by surprise. Urán reacted with a delay since he did not see the move and could not close the gap as the Kazakh sailed to the finish line and the gold medal.[19][20] He rode the Vuelta a España in support of his leader Chris Froome, and finished in 29th position.[21] Later in the fall, competing in the Italian Classic Giro del Piemonte, Urán attacked in the final climb of the day, followed by Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel–Euskadi). The pair agreed verbally to cooperate until the 500 meters mark, and Urán started his sprint with 300 meters to go, winning by six seconds over Luca Paolini of Team Katusha who was trying to come from behind.[22] A couple of days later, he grabbed the third place in the Monument of cycling Giro di Lombardia in difficult weather conditions (cold and rain). He crossed the line in Lecco as part of a small group of chasers who unsuccessfully tried to reel in Joaquim Rodríguez of the Team Katusha squad.[23]


Urán winning a stage at the 2013 Giro d'Italia

Urán was selected for the 2013 Giro d'Italia, originally as one of Bradley Wiggins' mountain domestiques. Urán sat fifth overall after Sky won the team time trial on Stage 2, and moved up to third overall on the following stage. He moved up to second overall, behind Luca Paolini, on Stage 4, after Wiggins lost time behind a crash. However, on Stage 7, Urán was forced to wait for Wiggins after he struggled then crashed on wet descents, and dropped out of the top ten as a result. After the individual time trial on Stage 8, Urán sat tenth overall, 2 minutes and 49 seconds behind new leader Vincenzo Nibali. On Stage 10, the first mountain stage of the race, Urán launched an attack on the final climb, Altopiano del Montasio, and won the stage by 20 seconds from compatriot Carlos Betancur. Urán also moved up to third overall, 2 minutes and 4 seconds behind Nibali, and 1 second ahead of Wiggins. Wiggins withdrew due to illness after losing further time on Stage 12, leaving Urán as Sky's leader. Urán placed fifth on Stage 14 to maintain third place by a single second to Mauro Santambrogio, but solidified his position on Stage 16 as Santambrogio lost over two minutes. Urán came sixth in the mountain time trial on Stage 18 to reduce the gap to second placed Cadel Evans to just 12 seconds. On the final summit finish on Stage 20, Urán came third behind Nibali and Fabio Duarte to leapfrog Evans into second place. He safely negotiated the final stage to finish the Giro second overall, 4 minutes and 43 seconds behind Nibali, to take his first Grand Tour podium.

In August 2013, it was announced that Urán would leave Team Sky at the end of the 2013 season,[24] and join Omega Pharma–Quick-Step for the 2014 season.[25]

Omega Pharma–Quick Step (2014–2015)Edit

Urán in 2014

Urán started his 2014 season with another placing at the Tour of Oman where he finished 3rd. Though aiming for the Giro d'Italia he was quiet during the Tour de Romandie apart from finishing 4th in the penultimate time trial. A week later, he entered the Giro d'Italia leading Omega Pharma–Quick-Step.

His first week at the Giro started well where he was placed 2nd behind race leader Cadel Evans. He would put a stunning time trial performance on stage 12 not only taking the stage win, but also taking the race lead. This made him the first Colombian ever to wear the pink jersey as leader of the general classification. He then kept a large margin of his lead on stages 14 and 15. However, on stage 16, he would lose his race lead to fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana controversially, after thinking the Stelvio descent was neutralized where Quintana went off and attacked. Though his team reacted to this in a negative way, Urán never reacted to it. Though he put a solid 3rd place in the stage 19 mountain time trial, his chances of winning neared zero after being 3 minutes behind Quintana at the end of stage 19. Urán finished strong on the Zonoclan, finishing with Quintana and gaining time over the rest of the GC contenders. Despite the controversy on the Stelvio descent, Urán seemed happy enough to finish second in the Giro.

After a nice start sitting 3rd overall, Urán slipped in the overall classification of the Vuelta a España, dropping out of contention as he suffered from asthmatic bronchitis. The team hoped Urán's condition would improve during the second rest day, but to no avail. He finally abandoned the race before Stage 17.[26]

In 2015, after a strong season start with a 3rd overall in Tirreno-Adriatico and 5th overall in Volta a Catalunya and Tour de Romandie, he had a quiet Giro, finishing in 14th position. Later that year, Urán won his first World Tour competition in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec.

Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (2016–present)Edit

Starting in 2016, Urán joined team Cannondale.[2] In his first season with the team he targeted the Giro d'Italia, but his form never reached the levels of two years earlier as he finished 7th overall. He finished the season with a 3rd place at Il Lombardia, his third such finish in the race.


Urán (left) following Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France

Urán had a stronger start to his 2017 season finishing 8th overall at Tirreno-Adriatico and 9th overall at Tour of the Basque Country. His last preparation race before the Tour de France, was the Route du Sud where he finished 8th. Urán won Stage 9 of the Tour de France in a Photo finish over Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb), despite his bicycle gearing being damaged in a crash involving Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) on the descent of the Mont du Chat.[27] Approaching the final week, Urán was 4th in the general classification, only 29 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). As a strong performer in the Time trials, it was clear to see that Urán would challenge Froome for the overall win. He put in a strong performance which almost saw him crashing in the final turn before coming home 25 seconds after Froome. Urán rose to 2nd overall after overcoming Romain Bardet, his first podium at the Tour de France.


Following his second place at the Tour de France in 2017, Urán was targeting the overall victory in 2018. He started his season in Colombia, riding the Colombian National Road Race Championships where he finished 7th. A week later he won stage 5 of Colombia Oro y Paz, and finished the race in 3rd overall. In June, Urán won stage 3 of Tour of Slovenia, and took the leaders jersey. However on the following stage, another Tour contender Primož Roglič took the leaders jersey, and also won the final stage with Urán losing over 1 minute to Roglic on the Time trial; finishing the race 2nd overall almost 2 minutes behind Roglic. Urán started the 2018 Tour de France as one of the main favorites and was sitting in 6th place after stage 8. On stage 9 however, Urán experienced bad luck and crashed injuring his left arm and leg. He suffered through the first two days in the mountains before abandoning the race after stage 11.[28] Urán returned to racing one month later at Clásica de San Sebastián where, he finished 6th which was his best result, to that point, at the race. He was looking to redeem himself at the Vuelta a España, and slowly made his way up in the general classification. On the penultimate stage, Urán finished 5th and advanced to 7th place overall, which was his first top 10 overall finish at the Vuelta.

In October, Urán rode the Giro dell'Emilia and finished 2nd in the race. Italian rider Alessandro De Marchi had attacked early in the final, and the other contenders could not manage to pace him down. Urán was the best rider in the favorite group after he attacked inside the last 500 meters.


Uran crashed out on stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta a España, being one of four riders to abandon due to the crash. He was sixth in the general classification at the start of the stage.[29]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Time trial, National Novice Road Championships
National Novice Track Championships
1st   Points race
2nd   Individual pursuit
1st   Road race, National Junior Road Championships
National Junior Track Championships
1st   Points race
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Scratch race
1st Stage 2b (ITT) Euskal Bizikleta
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 8
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
3rd Giro di Lombardia
7th Overall Clásica Internacional de Alcobendas
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
7th Klasika Primavera
9th Giro del Piemonte
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
9th Clásica de San Sebastián
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 14–17
1st Gran Piemonte
2nd   Road race, Olympic Games
3rd Giro di Lombardia
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 4
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Young rider classification
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 10
10th Overall Volta ao Algarve
10th Trofeo Platja de Muro
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 12 (ITT)
Held   after Stages 12–15
3rd Overall Tour of Oman
9th Overall Tour of Beijing
National Road Championships
1st   Time trial
4th Road race
1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2nd   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th Overall Volta a Catalunya
5th Overall Tour de Romandie
7th Strade Bianche
10th Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
3rd Milano–Torino
4th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
1st Milano–Torino
2nd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 9
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
3rd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
8th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Overall Route du Sud
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Colombia Oro y Paz
1st Stage 5
4th Giro di Lombardia
6th Overall Tour of Guangxi
6th Clásica de San Sebastián
7th Overall Vuelta a España
7th Tre Valli Varesine
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Overall Route d'Occitanie
6th Overall Tour Colombia
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
7th Overall Tour de France

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia 35 7 2 2 14 7
  Tour de France 49 24 42 2 DNF 7
  Vuelta a España 31 29 27 DNF 7 DNF
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Paris–Nice 29 12 DNF
  Tirreno–Adriatico 14 25 31 3 49 8 10
  Volta a Catalunya 40 2 13 4 5 28 30 5 10
  Tour of the Basque Country DNF 60 9 DNF
  Tour de Romandie 59 20 5 14 5 DNF 21
  Critérium du Dauphiné 37 54 28
  Tour de Suisse 9 7

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo 81
Tour of Flanders Has not contested yet during career
Paris–Roubaix Has not contested yet during career
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 102 5 DNF 53 21 54
Giro di Lombardia 3 20 11 19 3 DNF DNF 3 22 4
Classic 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Clásica de San Sebastián 26 9 22 10 25 23 6
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Race did not exist 3 1 10 47
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal Race did not exist 45 25 29 24
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
IP In progress


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