Could Rigoberto Urán (Etixx-Quick-Step) be headed to Cannondale-Garmin? It sure seems like it.
Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters dropped a hint on Twitter on Sunday suggesting as much.
“Riddle: what will be green in 2016, has a long flowing mane, and two of the same last name?” Vaughters posted on Twitter on Sunday morning. “Answer tomorrow.”
Urán recently clipped his mullet, but he does have the double last name (Spanish style, Urán Urán). That tweet is all but unofficial confirmation of a rumor that’s been flying for the past few weeks.
If true, it would be the second major name linked to Cannondale-Garmin for 2016. Earlier this week, the team confirmed French climber Pierre Rolland (Europcar) will join for next season.
The hint also comes on heels of confirmations that longtime riders Daniel Martin and Ryder Hesjedal are both leaving Cannondale-Garmin. Martin, who crashed out of the Vuelta a España on Saturday, will join Etixx-Quick-Step, while the 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Hesjedal is heading to Trek Factory Racing.
Urán’s arrival would help fill the gap left by Martin and Hesjedal. The Colombian all-rounder is a proven contender in stage races, including two second places at the Giro in 2013 and 2014, as well as a consistent performer in the hillier classics, with top-5s in the Giro di Lombardia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Other riders confirmed to join Cannondale-Garmin for 2016 include young Dutch sprinter Wouter Wippert (Drapac), Mike Woods (Optum-Kelly Benefits), Patrick Bevin (Avanti), and Ryan Mullen (An Post-Chain Reaction).