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Rigoberto Urán will start the 2016 season on Wednesday with some familiar goals, but he’ll be riding in a new green kit, courtesy of the Cannondale team.
The 29-year-old Colombian says he’s ready to build toward the Giro d’Italia again — a race where he finished second overall in 2014 but fell short last season after a rocky first week of racing. “I really want to compete again,” Urán said a few days prior to Volta ao Algarve in Portugal. “We have a very strong team, but really for me Algarve is my first race of the season.”
He last raced Algarve in 2013, finishing 10th overall. The 2016 race features two days of climbing: stage 2, and the final day, stage 5. The 18-kilometer stage 3 time trial should favor Urán, who won the stage 12 TT in the 2014 Giro d’Italia.
Cannondale team officials are optimistic for Urán’s debut race as well. “From what I’ve seen of him — since he started working with us and over the last years, he’s not somebody who’s going to come in half-cocked. He’s going to come and race, and he’ll be at the front,” team director Charly Wegelius said. “And that comes from him. That’s just the way he is. There’s no great pressure from us or great expectations. That’s just how he rolls.”
Cannondale roster for Volta ao Algarve
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