Rigoberto Urán to retire at the end of the 2024 season
Decision, which was made after the conclusion of the Tour Colombia, brings to an end a 19-year career
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Rigoberto Urán announced his retirement after the conclusion of the Tour Colombia
Rigoberto Urán has confirmed that the 2024 season will be his last as a pro rider after 19 years in the professional peloton.
EF Education-EasyPost made the announcement following the conclusion of the Tour Colombia, Urán’s home race where he was making his season debut.
The announcement comes after months of rumours and the Colombian confirmed in an interview with his team that “the time has come”.
“As a cyclist, I believe the time has come to say: we have reached the end,” Uran said. “It has taken me a long time to come to this decision. It is something I have thought long and hard about.
“The truth is that it is scary. Cycling has given me everything in life. For almost 23 years, my aim was to get up, eat breakfast, and ride my bike. I was a part of a team that took me to the major races around the world. Now that is going to end.”
Starting his career with Tena-Salmilano in 2006, Urán went on to ride for some of the biggest WorldTour teams, including Team Sky between 2011 and 2013, before making the move to Cannondale Pro Cycling in 2016, who he still rides for under the current name of EF Education-EasyPost.
Throughout his long career, Urán claimed 14 professional victories, including stage wins at each of the three Grand Tours which proved to be happy hunting grounds. Alongside the stage wins, GC was a big focus and the 37-year-old finished runner-up at Grand Tours on three occasions, including twice at the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and 2014, plus once behind Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France.
Another career highlight came at the 2012 Olympic games in London where Urán took a silver medal in the road race, losing out on the top spot behind Kazakhstan’s Alexander Vinokourov. Although EF Education-EasyPost haven’t confirmed his final race, there were rumours that it would be after the Paris Olympics in August.
Whichever race Urán ends his career with, he has assured fans that he will give his all and enjoy his final season as a pro rider.
“I'm going to try to enjoy it, give my best in the races, and race everyone like it is my last,” he said. “This season will be a thank you, a thank you very much. I only have gratitude for the team, for all the people, all the many coaches and many teammates who were always there to help me over the past 20-plus years.”
Beyond the bike, Urán is also known for being a big personality, as well as having the slightly odd habit of bathing in vinegar, something that left many dermatologists we spoke to flummoxed. Speaking to GCN at a pre-season training camp in December, EF Education-EasyPost team boss Jonathan Vaughters confirmed that Urán would be hard to replace.
“Rigoberto is going to leave a big hole. He’s irreplaceable when it comes to personality and leadership but we’ve already started making steps towards that," Vaughters told GCN when discussing the rider’s absence.
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