Rigoberto Uran heads up the #PinkArgyle squad headed to race the Tour of Slovenia. The Colombian will be joined by compatriot Julián Cardona, Sebastian Langeveld, Dan McLay, Sacha Modolo, Tom Scully, and Tom Van Asbroeck.
The team is built to offer opportunities in sprints as well as give Uran his final race days prior to the Tour de France. The race begins Wednesday in Lendava and concludes on Sunday in Novo Mesto. Along the way, there’s two expected sprints, harder mountain days, and an individual time trial.
“We have a strong team to support the sprinters,” sport director Ken Vanmarcke said. “Of course we aim for stage wins in sprints. Also with Rigo in the race, we can look for a good result on the climbing stages and the general classification. The race is pretty straightforward. We will face a bunch sprint in the first two days. Stages three and four we have some really hard climbs, which will decide the GC.”
The decision to race Slovenia rather than the Dauphiné or Suisse borrows from the team’s approach to Uran’s training last year. Such a decision resulted in the Colombian being able to stay at home, at altitude, longer.
“With Rigo, for him to do the Dauphine, it’s too early for him to come back from altitude from Colombia, where he gets his best form. Suisse is just too hard, too close to the Tour de France. Last year, he did Route du Sud,” said general manager Jonathan Vaughters. “The long and short of it is that this worked last year.”
Langeveld summed up the aspirations: “I think coming close towards July we would like to see something promising from our GC guy, Rigo. Also guys coming with form and good legs from the Giro we can expect something. I did this race a few years ago, enjoyed the organization and nice stages. Even though as a bike rider you see less than you hope, it was a nice experience and I’m happy to take the start line again.”
EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale for 2018 Tour of Slovenia
Ken Vanmarcke (BEL)
Julián Cardona (COL)
Sebastian Langeveld (NLD)
Dan McLay (GBR)
Sacha Modolo (ITA)
Tom Scully (NZL)
Rigoberto Uran (COL)
Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)