Tour de France 2017: ‘Nobody else knew it, but Rigoberto Uran came here to win the Tour’
Rigoberto Uran's second-placed finish at the Tour de France was short of what the Colombian came to the race to do.
Ahead of the penultimate stage time trial in Marseille he sat 29 seconds off Team Sky’s Chris Froome and had an outside chance of bettering the Briton’s time and seizing the maillot jaune. Froome, however, posted the quicker time to all but win the Tour by 54 seconds from Uran.
Uran had been confident of overhauling Froome in the final week, even if his team tempered such expectations. But after the finish in the south of France, Cannondale-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters admitted that winning the race had been the ambition all along.
“We would have liked to have won the Tour de France. Nobody else knew it, but we came to the race to win the Tour de France,” Vaughters said.
“Rigo believes in himself always. He was more confident than all of us. He was very convinced that he was here to do something special. He pulled off an incredible ride, but Froome was more incredible.”
Vaughters spoke outside the Stade Vélodrome, surrounded by his colleagues at Cannondale-Drapac who were hugging one another and giving each other high-fives in congratulations.
Even if Uran had hoped for the top step, his team were delighted having secured a spot on the podium in Paris.
“I expected a top-five,” Vaughters said. “Second is beyond my expectations and I am quite happy.
“You do everything to win the Tour and if you end up second, and you’ve done everything you can, you have to be happy.”