As Rigoberto Uran crossed the finish line I couldn’t help jump out of my chair and celebrate. But as the stream of emotion has gone, my general feeling is that In many ways his win on stage 12 of Giro d’ Italia is one of the biggest accomplishment by any Colombian cyclist in a grand tour over the years.
Let me explain my self. We all now know we Colombians can climb, how couldn’t we have the mountains, we have the tradition and sure enough you get the competition, so we are basically since very young age if you want to ride you better improve your climbing. So basically excel at climbing and winning a stage might be something closer to what you could expect for a colombian cyclist.
Running against the clock not so much. Ever since I’ve been watching cycling and following the participation of the Colombians in the competitive cycling world, our mentality was like “ please Lord don’t let them loose that much time in the Time trial”. The most painful I’ve ever watched was Alvaro Mejia losing his podium chances on the 93’s tour on the last time trial.
Fast-forward into 2014 and we have Rigo now dressed in pink, winning by a large margin in the Time trial of a grand tour, defeating specialist and pre race favorites. How huge is that? As Rigo put it, there aren’t words. It’s an accomplishment of such magnitude that my guess it’s going to impact the way Colombian cyclist see themselves in the near future, capable not only of being decisive in mountain stages but also capable of actually winning in the now feared flat of an individual time trial.To a great extent it can also be decisive on having a chance for a colombian cyclist winning the Tour de France. But who knows, actually who cares, what Rigoberto did on stage 12 was absolutely remarkable and now it’s just the time to enjoy it while the good taste it’s still there.