Date of Birth
26 January 1987
Rigo, The Bull from Urrao, Mick Jagger
Spanish, English, Italian
There will soon be a Colombian show about Rigoberto Urán’s life. It will be about more than Olympic medals and grand tour podiums, fashion shoots, and appearances in the celebrity pages of newspapers.
Rigoberto’s dad was killed by a paramilitary group three months after he introduced Rigo to cycling. Rigo was 14. All of a sudden, he had to work to support his mom and his sister. He took over his dad’s job, selling lottery tickets to support his family, while going to school and trying to race. He still won a lot.
At 16, it was too much. Rigo told his cycling team that he would either have to turn pro or quit and go back to selling lottery tickets. Technically, he was too young to become a professional. To get around that fact, the team offered his mother the contract. Three years later, Rigo traveled to Europe for the first time to race for a small Italian team.
He has never looked back. An Olympic silver medal and podium finishes at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France are highlights from his illustrious career. Rigo is still a contender. Last year he won stage 17 of the Vuelta, completing his trifecta of stage wins in each of the grand tours, and was a force in the autumn classics.
Rigo continues to inspire his teammates and a whole generation of cyclists with his laid-back, fun-loving approach to the sport.