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EF Education-Nippo rethink Tour de France strategy after Urán’s rise in form

EF Education-Nippo rethink Tour de France strategy after Urán's rise in form

Rigoberto Urán ‘s stage win and second overall placing at the Tour de Suisse has caused a rethink in EF-Education Nippo ‘s strategy for the…

Tuesday, Jun 15

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Rigoberto Urán ‘s stage win and second overall placing at the Tour de Suisse has caused a rethink in EF-Education Nippo ‘s strategy for the Tour de France with the American team now weighing up whether to put more of their resourses into a possible GC challenge or spread their efforts in bid to win stages.

Urán, 34, finished second behind overall winner Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) in Switzerland and won Saturday’s mountain time trial to Andermatt. It was the first time the Colombian had finished inside the top 10 in a week long WorldTour race since the 2018 edition of Tirreno-Adriatico.

With the Tour de France less than two weeks away, boss Jonathan Vaughters has admitted that his leader’s performance has given food for thought.

"I don’t want to say that we’re redoing our strategy for the Tour but we’re definitely taking a second look at it, that’s for sure," Vaughters told Cyclingnews .

Urán came into the Tour de Suisse with somewhat questionable form. Illness had affected his spring, he spent time in the USA when he became a father, and his results at the Étoile de Bessèges (37th) and the Volta a Catalunya (52nd) were nothing to write home about.

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