Rigoberto Uran entertains 'loudest and craziest' Colombian fans at Tour of California

15 May 2019 03:11
After 208km of racing, a shower and some food, Rigoberto Urán stepped off his EF Education First team bus to an awaiting crowd of fans – all from his home country of Colombia. Waving the horizontal tricolour of the yellow, blue and red flag, chanting, 'Rigo, Rigo, Rigo,' and still singing, laughing and dancing even after all the other teams had packed up and gone, they were undoubtedly the most lively bunch at the finish of stage 3 of the Tour of California in Morgan Hill on Tuesday. "My fans are amazing. They make me happy," Urán told Cyclingnews when asked about the wildly happy following of compatriots that he encounters at every bike race in every corner of the world. Urán finished the stage in 29th place, in the main field that finished nearly eight minutes behind stage winner Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), who was followed home by the two chasers that completed the day's podium: Ben King (Dimension Data) and Simon Geschke (CCC Team). Urán currently sits in 15th overall, while his American teammate Tejay van Garderen leads the overall classification.ADVERTISEMENT EF Education First sports director Charly Wegelius spoke with Cyclingnews outside the team bus while the rowdy crowds waited for Urán to make his appearance. Wegelius said that his rider is going well, but is maybe not at his best yet, having only recently recovered from a broken collarbone sustained at Paris-Nice in March. "The timing of that [injury] was poor, so this is his first race on his way back," Wegelius said. "He's doing well. He's come here from altitude in Colombia, and this is a pretty good race for him to start with because it's not technical. There are long stages, but he's doing OK. "He's not just training here in California. We have to time his racing around the Tour de France, and the Tour of California is part of that build-up." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News