Patrick Lefevere dismisses Rigoberto Uran's chances of winning the Tour de France and says he's looking to bring in a different GC rider for Etixx-Quick-Step

It seems Etixx-Quick-Step are not sold on Rigoberto Uran as a potential Grand Tour winner, with boss Patrick Lefevere hypothesising the Colombian’s second place in the 2014 Giro d’Italia may be his high point.

Uran was sitting pretty in the top-10 overall in the Tour de France, but a poor result on stage 11 saw him lose 10 minutes to race leader Chris Froome over the Tourmalet.

And Lefevere says Uran’s days with his team may be numbered, depending on his wage expectations for next year, but he wasn’t prepared to say that the Colombian was a bad buy.

“Last year he was second in the Giro and he wore a few days the pink,” Lefevere is quoted as saying on Sporza.

“You have to put things into perspective. I know what I paid for him. Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali are earning perhaps as much as three times more, but also fail in this Tour.

“Uran is and remains an outsider. I never expected that he would win the Tour. Maybe that second place in the Giro is the highest [he can go]. I have already said several times that there are only four riders who can win the Tour.”

Lefevere says that he’s glad to wait until the Tour de France before opening contract negotiations with riders – Zdenek Stybar penned a new deal after his stage six win.

But with the team’s only real general classification contender seemingly on his way out, Lefevere has already turned his attentions elsewhere – notably Giant-Alpecin’s Warren Barguil.

“The four [best riders] are under contract and unachievable. Then you look at the level just below,” Lefevere told Het Laastse Nieuws.

“It’s wait and see. The Frenchman Warren Barguil may come, but that is still a little while off. Meanwhile, Uran is perhaps the best I can get.”

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  • Carlcast

    Rigo diserve a better team than etixx.. They have team just for plain stages!!! At the giro and at the tour the only one at the clim stafes was rigo… That team sucks!!!!

  • Pepelepew

    Didn’t he crash? Guy is probably riding with pain and after hearing this probably lost whatever last bit of motivation to even bother going all out.

  • otaronynnad

    You couldn’t have said it any better my friend!
    Besides his a mediocre director, his expectations are not in the same page as his planning, and that’s probably why he isn’t earning as much as the directors of other teams, I guess Rigo can look at this that way too, “Lefevre is all I could get, too bad for me! ”
    Expectations ( win stages and tour)
    Planning (Out of 9 riders, how about I bring 8 distributed in pace makers – sprinters and maybe mid mountain finishers oh yeay for the GC just one true climber, he can fight against all other leaders and teams by himself and if He fails then Ill go blame it on him and save my butt)
    Way to go Lefevre, way to go you total loser, disrespectful, unprofessional sports director.

  • dourscot

    How to motivate a rider during the toughest stage race in the world – sometimes you wonder whether Patrick Lefevere has his head screwed on right.