Rigoberto Urán is stepping into a leadership role for the grand tours with Belgian classics juggernaut Omega Pharma-Quick Step. The goal? To reach the podium again at the Giro d’Italia.
Omega Pharma will be focused on the spring classics in the coming weeks, but the team is widening its reach with the addition of Urán, the veteran Colombian who rode to second in last year’s Giro.
“The team has changed its philosophy a bit and now they want someone who can be on the podiums in the grand tours, and my first objective to reach the Giro podium,” Urán said in an interview released Wednesday. “That’s what I am working for. … I am confident and I only hope I can reach the form, and later it depends on the race, the crashes, the cold, the Giro is unique.”


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