This VeloNews story is worth savoring. Andrew Hood weaves present with past as he ponders a potential Le Tour de France win for Rigoberto Urán.
With less than a week to go in the Tour de France, Urán is closer to cycling’s holy grail than any Colombian has ever been before. Not even Nairo Quintana, twice second overall, has been this close to the maillot jaune this late in the Tour.
Everyone inside the Cannondale-Drapac bus is also trying to tamp down expectations. With a Tour wound so tight — the closest Tour in history, according to official statistics — it’s impossible to ordain a winner.
“It’s great what we’ve done, but you’ve got to keep your head cool in a race like this,” said ever-steady Cannondale-Drapac sport director Charly Wegelius. “There are so many things than can happen every day.”
And that’s exactly why everything could be stacking up in Urán’s favor. The leather-faced Urán has been professional long enough to know that cycling takes more than it gives. He also knows that he’s staring at an opportunity of a lifetime.