23 May 2014, 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia, Rivarolo Canavese

Racing for the Homeland. The S-Works Tarmac of Rigoberto Urán

The ambitions for the 2014 Giro are clear: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step wants to reach the podium and Rigoberto Urán is the man for the job. In order to leave nothing to chance, the key stages will be reconnoitred beforehand and the riders who will assist the Colombian in the high mountains will receive specific training.

To top it off, shortly before the start of the Giro, bike manufacturer Specialized will provide a personalised bike for the leader. And what a bike it is. The bike - a Specialized S-Works Tarmac - is painted in the colours of Uran's native Colombia. On the back of the seat tube is the slogan 'Strength and Honor'.

In terms of design the S-Works Tarmac continues to build on the previous generation (S-Works Tarmac SL4). This applies to the frame, the soft shape transitions as well as the sand-shaped head tube. The smaller bike should allow Urán to take corners more smoothly. While the construction of the WiFli rear derailleur should allow him to shift up a gear during the mountain stages.

The Colombian did not disappoint as a classification leader but eventually had to make do with second place in the final classification. Not least after compatriot Nairo Quintana - so the Colombian honour remains high.

Rigoberto Urán

Rigoberto Urán Urán, ODB (born 26 January 1987) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–EasyPost.At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won a silver medal in the road race. He became the first Colombian ever to make the podium of the Giro d'Italia, when he finished second behind Vincenzo Nibali in the 2013 edition of the race, having taken leadership of Team Sky following the abandonment of team captain Bradley Wiggins. He also won a mountain-top stage in that race with a solo breakaway. The previous year, he had won the white jersey for best young rider, and a seventh-place finish overall. In the 2014 Giro d'Italia he finished second again in the general classification, this time behind countryman Nairo Quintana. At the 2017 Tour de France, Urán won the ninth stage and finished second overall, fifty-four seconds down on race winner Chris Froome.
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