Rigoberto Uran donates Sky kit - and more - to aspiring cyclists in Colombia
Omega Pharma-Quick Step-bound rider, runner-up in 2013 Giro, helps others get into cycling
As of tomorrow – 1 January – Giro d’Italia runner-up Rigoberto Uran officially becomes an Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider. But in recent days, he’s been back home in Urrao, Colombia, where he has welcomed aspiring young riders to his mother’s house and giving them kit including some donated by his former employer Team Sky’s clothing supplier, Rapha.
Uran may not have been the most celebrated rider in the Team Sky line-up in 2012, but in his home country, he’s a superstar.
And along with the like of Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancur and Nairo Quintana - second to Chris Froome in the 2012 Tour de France - he is one of the trailblazers of a new generation of Colombian cyclists with ambitions to join 1987 Vuelta winner Luis Herrera as a Grand Tour champion from the South American Country.
He’s also one of only four Colombians who won a gold or silver medal at the London Olympics last year – had Kazakhstan’s Alexandre Vinokourov not mugged him on The Mall, it could have been gold.
El Tiempo says that besides Rapha, three other companies teamed up with Uran to donate clothing, and five bikes, to girls and boys aged from 12-18 who belong to the local cycling school – Suárez Sportswear, Punto Blanco and Gef.
The newspaer says that Uran hopes that next year, he can bring more companies on board to help young riders get their start in the sport that is currently seeing a resurgence of Colombian riders.