Rigoberto Uran joins Cannondale-Garmin for 2016

Colombian will move to the American team after two years at Etixx - Quick-Step with a win at the Giro d'Italia the main goal

Rigoberto Uran attacks on stage nineteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy (Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Cannondale-Garmin have confirmed the signing of Rigoberto Uran from Etixx - Quick-Step for the 2016 season, with the Colombian climber targeting overall victory at the Giro d'Italia.

Uran has twice finished on the podium at the Giro, second in both 2013, when he rode for Team Sky, and 2014 with the then Omega-Pharma - Quick-Step team.

>>> Etixx-Quick-Step signs Dan Martin on two-year contract


With Ryder Hesjedal leaving for Trek Factory Racing and Daniel Martin moving in the opposite direction as Uran to Etixx, American team Cannondale looked to have a GC hole to fill in their squad and now add the 2012 Olympic silver medalist to their line-up, with Slipstream CEO Jonathan Vaughters having cryptically hinted at the signing of Uran on Sunday via Twitter.

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“Rigo is a leader not just for his excellent skills on the road, but for his charisma," Vaughters said on his new signing.

"He brings style and passion to racing and he will be a huge asset to the team. Rigo has one more step to climb in the Giro and I will put my heart into helping make that happen. We are very excited to add him to our 2016 line up.”

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Richard Windsor

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