'Rigoberto Uran has a great chance of winning the Giro d'Italia'

Jonathan Vaughters believes his Cannondale leader Rigoberto Uran can challenge the likes of Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde for the Giro d'Italia title

Rigoberto Uran in action during Stage 5 of the 2016 Volta a Catalunya (Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Cannondale team manager Jonathan Vaughters believes Rigoberto Uran can recapture the form that saw him finish second in consecutive years at the Giro d'Italia, and maybe go one better this year.

The Colombian hasn't managed to hit the heights he achieved in 2013 and 2014 in recent seasons, but will lead Cannondale into the year's first Grand Tour with a strong team around him.

Unlike in recent years with Etixx-Quick Step, Uran will have a team of domestiques dedicated to helping his title shot, with a lot of young climbing talent.

"Rigo is our leader in the Giro because he is a tough rider over three weeks," Vaughters said, quoted on Biciciclismo. (opens in new tab) "He is a tough, smart rider. Consistency is the key to making a great result, and that's what I see in Rigo at the moment.

"He has finished second twice in the Giro and has two stage wins. He may lack the power of [Vincenzo] Nibali, but he is a very smart rider."

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Vaughters brought in Uran to lead his Giro squad in the offseason following the departure of Ryder Hesjedal to Trek-Segafredo (opens in new tab).

Uran will be surrounded by the likes of Davide Formolo - stage winner in the 2015 Giro (opens in new tab), Ramunas Navardauskas and Joe Dombrowski over the three weeks in Italy, a team that has the average age of just 26.

"We have made no secret that the Giro is our goal for the season," Vaughters continued. "It's a big goal for us, and the riders have proper preparation.

"This is the Giro, so you're never completely ready, although the team is ready. Rigo is going well and has a very good squad around him. He has a very good chance to win."

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.