Rigoberto Urán

Hometown

Urrao, Colombia

Date of Birth

27 January 1987

Nucknames

Rigo, The Bull from Urrao, Mick Jagger

Languages

Spanish, English, Italian

Races

Tirreno-Adriatico

Mar. 07, 2022 – Mar. 13, 2022
Race finished

Itzulia Basque Country

Apr. 04, 2022 – Apr. 09, 2022
Race finished

Tour de Romandie

Apr. 26, 2022 – May. 01, 2022
Race finished

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 sixteen, 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 in every stage race he enters. Last year he won the time-trial at the Tour de Suisse and was in the running for the podium at the Tour until the last week.

Rigo continues to inspire his teammates and a whole generation of cyclists with his laid-back, fun-loving approach to the sport.

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Races

Tirreno-Adriatico

Mar. 07, 2022 – Mar. 13, 2022
Race finished

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