Betancur: I'm sure Urán will be back for World Championships

As one of the top Colombians left racing in the Vuelta a España peloton, Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) found himself at the centre of a sea of microphones at the sunlit finish of stage 17 to A Coruña. Colombian TV and radio stations crowded round the 2014 Paris-Nice winner to ask him for his reaction to compatriot Rigoberto Urán's decision to quit the race through illness.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.