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Team Sky plays down talk of a Colombian conspiracy within team

Stephen Farrand
May 8, 2013, 10:24,
May 8, 2013, 11:36
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Giro d'Italia
Sky's Bradley Wiggins and Rigoberto Uran made the elite selection on the finishing descent.

Sky's Bradley Wiggins and Rigoberto Uran made the elite selection on the finishing descent.

  • Sky's Bradley Wiggins and Rigoberto Uran made the elite selection on the finishing descent.
  • Rigoberto Urán (Sky)
  • Sergio Henao (Sky) was in the leader's jersey at the Basque Country tour

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Reports Uran will leave team

Team Sky has denied reports of a possible Colombian conspiracy inside the team after Bradley Wiggins was left isolated in the finale of stage four of the Giro d'Italia and lost 17 precious seconds to his overall rivals.

Today's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper speculates that both Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao rode their own race perhaps because both are considering leaving Team Sky at the end of the season.

Cyclingnews understands that Henao could stay with the British team beyond 2013 but Uran will almost certainly leave. His seventh place in the 2012 Giro d'Italia and his haul of UCI points make the 25 year-old Colombian a prime target for teams looking to secure their place in the UCI WorldTour and for a future Grand Tour leader.

Omega Pharma-Quick Step is in currently in pole position to sign Uran with four other teams also interested, including Astana.

Team Sky has a plethora of leaders with Wiggins, Froome and Porte, who has agreed to stay with the team until 2015. That leaves little room for the Colombian riders.

However Team Sky has insisted that Uran and Henao did not ride for themselves on the stage but followed team orders that had been decided before the start of the stage. Head coach Rod Ellingworth told Cyclingnews at the start of stage five that both Uran and Henao were told to contest the sprint to try and take away the 20, 12 and 8 second time bonuses from Wiggins' rivals.

On stage three, Cadel Evans (BMC) won the sprint for second place and took a 12-secobnd time bonus, with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) finishing third, and so picking up eight seconds.

Wiggins lost time on stage four because he was not near the front of the peloton, with Evans, Nibali and Hesjedal, and was caught behind a split in the peloton after a late crash.

Team Sky looked to minimise the 17-second loss. However it was more than the 14 seconds Team Sky gained on key rival Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana team in the team time trial. Gazzetta dello Sport pointed out the importance of every second in stage racing. Last year Joaquim Rodriguez lost the Giro d'Italia to Hesjedal by just 16 seconds.

agostinho More than 1 year ago
Great! A new soap opera. Yup, Wiggfroomenders was already a bit boring.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Whar Ellingworth said made a lot of sense... but Wiggins can't be upset even if the were riding their own race since he's an advocate of 'letting the road decide who the leader is'... right?
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
I think next season Henao should be given a chance as a Leader at one of the important stage races like Paris Nice / Tireno Adriatica like Porte did this season. He for me is the future of this team and his level of performance this season justifies an upgrade as a protected rider/Team leader. If he excels again next season then he should be given a tilt at a GT. Uran for me is a little more hit and miss. He kind of fell apart at the Vuelta last year after a good start. Again I think it should be a work in progress. These 2 Columbians are still young and you can't expect them to be realistic GT contenders at 24/25. If they want to progress faster though going to a new team may help.
Lightening Toke More than 1 year ago
A two year wait for a crack at a GT? You should put an offer in to be his agent.
webvan More than 1 year ago
Why not, but Henao (or Uran) will have trouble winning one week stage races if there's an ITT in them, Catalunya or Trentino like this year, yes, they stand a chance.
Stingray34 More than 1 year ago
I see mods versus Colombian rockers at 25-tooth sprockets.
Stingray34 More than 1 year ago
Wake up and breathe in petrol, wiggo.
chrishent More than 1 year ago
As much as I would love to see to Urán and Henao being allowed to do their own race, I don't believe that is the case here. As some have already mentioned, this sounds more like members of the press trying to generate headlines and creating a Wiggins-Froome type controversy for the Giro. Team Sky probably assumed that Wiggins would have been given the same time as the leading group and therefore let the others try to contest the stage. Besides, what good would it have done to have Urán and Henao wait for Wiggins with less than 3 km to go on a flat stage? Better to try for the stage win and steal bonus seconds away from other GC contenders...
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Cold be funny, if UranUran and Sergio HeyNow decided to follow their own GC ambitions instead of helping WiggoDope to the top of every mountain!
TANK91 More than 1 year ago
You a Contador fan by any chance, name me your fav riders lets see the irony
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Actually not AC fan, I just wanna see aggressive and explosive racing...
joe1265 More than 1 year ago
+1 UranUran
Aaron Wyatt More than 1 year ago
I love these guys but if they were really trying to show something they better wait until the TT stages
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
reading way too much into this... this is simply a case of Wiggins being careless.. think sky is finding out the hard way that the Giro and the TdF are too different animals... racing at the Giro is way more open and aggressive and harder to control than the tour where everyone is cautious and conservative...
CopycatDan More than 1 year ago
I agree. Even if these lads want to leave next year, riding for yourself 4 days into the Giro wouldn't be the way to go about it. I assume they both want to race the Tour, of which there'd be no chance given Sky's squad if they were as devious as people are suggesting. They'd simply be benched for the rest of the year. It's all a bit of press mischief, maybe fuelled by other teams; who knows, who cares? Its just a good and a difficult race they are having trouble getting a hold of. That said they still have 3 riders in the GC top 10 and its a tight race where no-one has shown their hand yet, with the real spectacular tests ahead.
Aaron Wyatt More than 1 year ago
Actually I think Henao has earned a right to and has a good chance of being a leader in La Vuelta this year. All year Uran has stated that he's given up leadership ambitions this year in support of Froome/Wiggins. Absolutely no basis behind this, I think the fact that they are both Colombian the story is being fabricated. However maybe Sky should use one or both as a decoy since they are well placed ( I know not happening).
dnicemunchoff More than 1 year ago
wiggins will quit in a week, then go for the TdF full guns blazing!!! watch out Froomey!
CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
Does anyone else find all the hoopla about Sky at the Tour a little strange? Why would Sky send Froome AND Wiggins this year...? If Froome is to lead, why send Wiggins? If Wiggins were to lead, why send Froome? Regardless of whether they get along or not, it seems like a miss-allocation of resources. Surely they wouldn't pay Wiggins to go as a domestique, so why not send him to the Vuelta instead?