ESPN’s Joe Lindsey reflects today on Rigoberto Uran’s head-turning 2017 Tour de France performance. He explores the talent pool of professional cyclists coming out of the South American nation and the possibility of a Colombian on the top step in Paris at the Tour.
The Colombian would not be denied.
He had made the elite selection on the final climb on a pivotal mountain stage of the 2017 Tour de France. He emerged upright from the crash on the treacherous descent that took out two other contenders and crippled his derailleur; and he was somehow, impossibly, still in the mix for the small-group sprint despite having only one working gear.
Into the final corner, Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang jumped first, but the Colombian calmly closed the gap, churning a huge gear, and then starting his own sprint with less than 200 meters to go. Behind, Sunweb’s Warren Barguil closed fast, but the Colombian seemed to find extra strength, lunging for the finish line with a final surge to hold off the challenge and take a photo-finish victory.
The full story from ESPN is here.