Rising Colombian star Rigoberto Uran previewed the potentially decisive 59.2km individual time trial course slated for this year’s Giro d’Italia, and the GC favorite said, “It’s a nice parcours that I really love.”
Riding alongside Etixx-Quick-Step teammate Gianluca Brambilla in Treviso, Italy this week, Uran said the time trial “can be key, because energy levels of all riders will be at the limit after that amount of racing. It could be important for the GC because, after about an an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes of time trialing, time differences can be pretty significant.”
Uran won the stage 12 time trial in last year’s Giro and went on to finish second overall in the race behind Movistar’s Nairo Quintana. The Etixx GC leader is also the reigning Colombian national time trial champion.
Etixx-Quick-Step trainer Koen Pelgrim agreed that stage 14 will be a worthy test. “It will be difficult to properly distribute your energy, because after 30 kilometers, it is flat, but if you start too fast you can lose a lot of time in the second part, which is more difficult with some tough climbs,” he said in a team release.
With his fellow Colombian, Quintana, focused on the Tour de France this season, 2015 may be the year for Uran to claim his first grand tour title, and Etixx’s first-ever GC victory at a grand tour in its 13-year history.
“I am confident,” said Uran. “I like the parcours a lot. It suits me perfectly, and I worked hard”