The Tour France defines in tribute to Colombia its last mountain option
Stage 18 of the Tour de France will have a special double taste for Rigoberto Uran. First it will be the moment to see the tributes that the organization of the race has prepared for the Colombian cyclists. Second it is the opportunity to give a masterstroke that will secure him on the podium and possibly lead him to win the first Tour for Colombia in its history.
In Briancon, the starting city of the stage, a tribute will be paid to Colombian cyclists such as Nairo Quintana, Jarlinson Pantano and Uran. The ‘beetles’ will be recognized in the middle of the Colombia-France Year 2017, on Independence Day.
From there the race and what a career: the 179 kilometers between Briancon and Izoard are dramatic. The first 110 kilometers are not at greater risk with a third-class port. Then, the Col du Vars arrives and finally, the great colossal alpine. After a climb climb 9.3 km climb to 7.5% and 2100 in the Col du Vars. Afterwards, it descends and returns to the hard ascent of the Izoard, which won Santiago Botero in 2000, with 2300 meters of altitude after 14.5 kilometers.
In 2013, Nairo Quintana reached worldwide fame and the Tour de France podium on July 20, winning in Annecy-Semnoz in the Alps. This time Rigo has the Tour point at just 27 seconds, and stage 18 is his biggest chance to ascend with a view to maintaining a lead in the final time trial in Marseille.
Stage 17 of the Tour de France came with a definition of infarction for Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet. The rider of the AG2R team lost the second place of the podium with the Colombian leader of the Cannondale, and criticized harshly its performance.
The Frenchman criticized that Uranus was most of the time at the wheel of Bardet and Chris From. Uran has not given much relief today he has simply taken the bonus in goal. We will see tomorrow said the runner seeking to repeat the second place in 2016.