Giro d'Italia: Rigoberto Uran and his OPQS - GALLERY

Rigoberto Uran: "This Giro was a great experience. We were consistent for three weeks and did what we had to do to reach the podium. We started with a great team time trial in Ireland, which put the whole team into a good mood immediately. It was then a question of saving energy and playing things correctly in terms of tactics in order to arrive at the first ITT in the best position.
That time trial was a key moment. We knew it could be crucial for our GC chances and we did really well.  It was also a great memory when I put on the Maglia Rosa, as I was the first Colombian to do so at the Giro. We had a gap on our competitors after that stage, and then we relied on a good strategy to defend the Maglia Rosa. Then we had that stage with the Gavia and the Stelvio. After that stage we fought until the end. 
I think we have to be proud of my 2nd place and that the whole team rode really well. We always had a good team spirit. I have to say also that I discovered a great public at this Giro. The Colombian fans were always supporting me. Today it was fantastic to see all the Colombian flags in front of the podium under the rain. However, the Italian public was also really kind with me. It felt a little bit like riding in my home country. So, given the whole experience, I am happy. We made history with my podium place. It's the first time that OPQS reached the podium of a Grand Tour. We are really thrilled about it. Hopefully this can be the first of a series of good performances. This team a tradition of being good in the Classics and one-day races, but we should we now also have riders for the Grand Tours. We have entered into a new dimension with this Giro." 

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