Rigoberto Uran wins Tour de France stage despite only having two gears for final sprint

Colombian has a choice between a 53/11 and 39/11 for final nine kilometres

Rigoberto Uran after winning stage nine of the 2017 Tour de France
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

You might think that only having two gears would be a problem if you wanted to win a Tour de France stage, but try telling that to Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) after his victory in Chambéry.

The Colombian climber suffered a bent derailleur hanger with nine kilometres to go, and with the race at full speed the only option was for the Mavic neutral service mechanic to put Uran in the 11 sprocket.

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With his front derailleur still functional, Uran had a choice between a 53/11 and a 39/11 for the rest of the race, hardly ideal as you look to win your first Tour de France stage.

Understandably the Cannondale-Drapac rider was a little slow to get up to speed when Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) made an early move for the line with 450m to go.

But this long sprint perhaps helped Uran, as once he got on top of the large gear he was able to reel in Fuglsang and then Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb) eventually winning the stage in a tight photo finish.

Henry Robertshaw

Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.