Urán happy at EF Education-Nippo and targeting the Tour de France

EF Pro Cycling’s Rigoberto Uran rode to eighth place overall at the 2020 Tour de France
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Like many of the riders in the Étoile de Bessèges peloton, EF Education-Nippo team leader Rigoberto Urán is making his first appearance in the French stage race, looking to get his season going earlier than usual with the hope of finding his groove a bit more quickly. “It’s good to be back,” said the 34-year-old Colombian prior to stage 2.

“The first stage went well. It’s the first time that I’ve ever started the season this early, and the aim is to provide a bit more rhythm at the start of the year. It’s been quite a while since I last raced, and it’s a very nice feeling to be back in action again,” he told Cyclingnews.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).