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Rigoberto Uran discussion thread.

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Rigo is awesome. But what's the deal with his kit? I always see him pimping his brand on social but dont these pros have a responsibility or requirement to wear their pro sponsors kit when they are out riding/training/promoting?

It doesn't matter to me, but i find it odd that Rigo is the only pro (im aware of) that does this, especially to this extent.
Maybe so he won’t get recognized even more than he does already?
 
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Rigo is also already 34 and this tour was raced fast. Maybe this year is like the swan song if that generation: Rigo is no longer podium material, Porte fell totally off and even as a domestique was a big disappointment, Froome has been reduced to being the world's best paid TdF tourist by injuries, Nibali can no longer hang with the best and even though he is not that old, Quintana has dropped from being arguably the best climber in the world to a shell of his former self.

It is a bit sad, but it has to happen at some point.

I agree, Rigo is no longer podium capable. A decent career as an "also ran," domestique.
 
The four Colombians that have won stages at the Giro, Tour and Vuelta.


Lucho, Oliverio, Nairo and Rigo.
 
Some interesting comments from Rigoberto on the state of the peloton -
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...-because-the-leaders-are-20-year-old-children
"People only look at watts anymore and no one talks to a group mate. Now everyone pushes from the first kilometer. Nobody talks, there's a lot of stress. Everything has evolved and the averages are getting higher and higher. You can't stay like this for many years. There will be cases, but to pass 32 years as a professional cyclist is going to be very difficult."
 
Some interesting comments from Rigoberto on the state of the peloton -
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...-because-the-leaders-are-20-year-old-children
"People only look at watts anymore and no one talks to a group mate. Now everyone pushes from the first kilometer. Nobody talks, there's a lot of stress. Everything has evolved and the averages are getting higher and higher. You can't stay like this for many years. There will be cases, but to pass 32 years as a professional cyclist is going to be very difficult."
Couple that with riders now living and training like pros from junior age and then racing full pro seasons soon after signing with WT teams.

What Rigo is describing is a bit like what's happening in football, where the physical demands on the players have been taken to a whole new level in recent years. We'll probably see the average pro 'lifespan' shorten, or at least move towards starting earlier and finishing earlier, in both sports. I've been saying several times that I don't see Pogacar being active and winning well into his 30s, but I'm mostly basing that off the incredible volume of racing and winning he's doing already, and not much else I have to admit.
 
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Yep, the old unwritten rules of the peloton seems to have gone, which really were to help the riders. To be part of the travelling circus from February to October means to be in good shape all the time and with some common sense (and good luck) the idea was that the majority of guys could go through a year without broken bones etc.
Instead it's a new TV sport with the shorter stages and live from km 0 at full gas and the "3 km mad rush", sprints with guys trying to get top 10s for UCI points, GC guys trying not to lose time or get bonus seconds, and guys jumping off the front to get some TV time for their sponsors, etc etc.
 
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He was offered a 2 year contract, so now He is doubtful about retirement. He has to be very positive support for the new riders in the team and very liked so that he can get 2 more years. Good mentor as well.

We'll see. He has been riding for 20 years now in Europe according to him.


 
He was offered a 2 year contract, so now He is doubtful about retirement. He has to be very positive support for the new riders in the team and very liked so that he can get 2 more years. Good mentor as well.

We'll see. He has been riding for 20 years now in Europe according to him.


It's a new role obviously. Before he was still fielded as captain in the grand tours or started them with the intention of Co-leadership at least. Since the results weren't there anymore of course retirement was on cards or at least looming around.


Mentorship for the young South American talents however is a scope where Uran still is valuable. He's got a ton of experience and is still competetive. It's known he has been a good training partner for a lot of Colombian guys and always has been some sort of the mother of the South American pros. Keeping in touch, keeping them together. Even reaching out to someone like Betancur.


If that's a role or task he fulfills with joy, since he has accepted that he won't be a big gun anymore. Why retire? You obviously still have something important to give!
 

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