Rigoberto Uran was left writhing on the side of the road just moments after he'd made a brilliant effort to bridge back to the main chase inside the final 10 kilometres of the UCI Road World Championships, after crashing badly on the descent off the Fiesole.
In cycling, there are days sometimes where you have to take risks. Today I took one too many, but that's the sport, that's cycling. Luckily, I'm fine.
En el ciclismo hay días que hay que arriesgar, hoy me salió mal, pero es ciclismo.Estoy bien todo ok. pic.twitter.com/qGOkwlx5Dh— rigoberto uran (@UranRigoberto) September 29, 2013
Colombia arrived in Florence with a raft of options for the gruelling finale in its nine-man squad. Carlos Betancur, Sergio Henao and Nairo Quintana complementing the unlucky Uran. But the weather, which was reminiscent of the typhoon that wreaked havoc in last year's Giro di Lombadia, shook up the team's race plan.
The team's best finisher was Henao (15th), but Uran was set for a chance to make the top-five if it had not been for a fall on the descent off the Fiesole. The Colombian had bridged to the chase which included Peter Sagan and Simon Clarke, but overcooked a corner inside the final 10 kilometres and was then lucky to be cushioned by a grassy embankment or he may have suffered more serious injuries.
Courageously the Colombian was still able to pick himself and ride to the finish, displaying the damage from the crash on social media after the race.
"In cycling, there are days sometimes where you have to take risks," Uran said.
"Today I took one too many, but that's the sport, that's cycling. Luckily, I'm fine."
Uran was just one of many to have crashes ruin his chances of a high finish. Cadel Evans was caught in a major crash on the second lap of the course, while Vincenzo Nibali did well to salvage fourth after he lost skin early in the race.
Uran heads to Omega Pharma-Quickstep next season where he'll ride as one of the team's key general classification riders.