• Rigoberto Uran at the 2017 Tour de France (AAP)Source: AAP
The rumours are over: Rigoberto Uran is staying put and will #RideArgyle for another three years. His biggest goal? Winning the Tour de France.
Cycling Central

15 Aug 2017 - 1:16 PM  UPDATED 15 Aug 2017 - 1:43 PM

Transfer season: lies, damned lies and confirmed signings

The 2017 Tour de France runner-up confirmed the extension in a Cannondale-Drapac statement.

“I’m very happy with the team,” said Uran. “The environment here suits me. I have a lot of respect for the people that are part of the team – the mechanics, the soigneurs, the staff, my teammates.

"They know how to have fun off the bike and be serious when it’s time to race. That’s important to me."

“A three-year contract offers security, and the team is willing to allow me to focus my season on the Tour de France,” Uran said. “I was very happy to sign.”

In the same statement, Slipstream Sports (the organisation behind Cannondale-Drapac) CEO Jonathan Vaughters was quick to quash any thoughts of wonderment at Uran's Tour form, providing a brief history of the Colombian.

"Cycling is a sport where people have a bad year or two and they get written off quickly," Vaughters csaid. “And let me qualify that Uran’s ‘bad year’ included a seventh place finish at the 2016 Giro d’Italia while racing with bronchitis.

"We knew what he was capable of.”

Doubts? Both Uran and Vaughters ain't got no time for that, despite the 30-year-old never winning a professional stage race. 

“Always second,” Uran said. "(At the Tour) the goal of the team was to win a stage and finish in the top five overall.

“We won a stage and came second. It was very good for the team and very good for me.”

“I’ll race many races, and I have many goals,” said Uran. “The biggest, of course, is the Tour de France. I want to win the Tour.”

Vaughters said Uran's abilities off the bike are also what make him great to work with.

"Rigo is a great mentor and leader. Good times and bad he inspires people."

"His ambition is one that we share and the team is excited to work with him on his biggest goal," he said.