Urán targeting Tour

New signing aiming to impress

By TeamSky.com Staff   Last updated: 11th January 2011

Rigoberto Urán admits Team Sky's battling attitude was one of the major reasons why he decided to join the team and has already set his sights on a determined Tour de France campaign next season.

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The Colombian was snapped up from Caisse d'Epargne at the end of September with team-mate Xabier Zandio and their signatures will boost the squad's climbing options for 2011.

Despite being just 23 years old, Urán already has five seasons as a professional in his legs and has garnered a fearsome reputation in the mountains after claiming top 10 finishes in both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.

It is the Tour de France where he is looking to shine brightest though, and believes everything is in place at Team Sky to achieve those ambitions.

He said: "My main goals for next season are to develop further as a rider and be in perfect condition for the Tour de France.

"I have ridden all three of the Grand Tours before and I know I have to continue working hard to get to where I want to be.

"Finishing the Tour in 2009 is one of my biggest personal achievements and hopefully I will get the chance to do that again with Team Sky.

Support structure

"Not only are they one of the best teams in the world at the moment, they are also one of the most organised and I like the way everything is set up to support their riders.

"Having competed against them this year it has also become clear that everyone in the team fights until the very end in races and that whole outlook will be important for me to improve and obtain more victories."

As well as the Tour de France, Urán is also aiming to impress in week-long stage races during the early part of the season, but has no qualms about helping his team-mates out when he is not battling on the front.

"I will be concentrating on those types of races at first," he added. "And hopefully by the time the Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse come around I'll be approaching top form.

"Of course though, I will also be doing all I can to help my team-mates out at every race I compete in."

Warm welcome

Not surprisingly, Zandio is the team-mate Urán will know best at his new employers. During their three years together at Caisse d'Epargne the two became close allies and Urán is delighted to have the Spaniard by his side once again:

"I know Xabier very well both on and off the bike and during our time at Caisse d'Epargne we shared many experiences together.

"Having him here will help me a great deal and I am pleased he made the same decision as me to sign.

"I also know Nicolas Portal, Juan Antonio Flecha and Morris Possoni here as well, and have spoken to a few of the other guys whilst racing.

"Everyone has been really welcoming and I can't wait to get going next season."