Urán wins drama-filled stage of the Tour de France

Last week at the Tour de France with fi’zi:k

Rigoberto Urán, aboard his fi’zi:k Aliante saddle and competing for Cannondale-Drapac, claimed a stunning victory on stage nine of the Tour de France on a day that saw Richie Porte (fi’zi:k Arione R3 saddle and BMC Racing) and Geraint Thomas (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes and Arione R1 saddle and Team Sky) crash out of the race.

The 30-year-old Colombian won a close sprint ahead of Warren Barguil in Chambéry after a dramatic stage in the mountains. Barguil had thought he’d taken the day’s spoils but the photo finish showed that Urán had taken victory by the width of a tire.

‘It’s unbelievable,’ a clearly surprised Urán said after the race. ‘I didn’t think it was true. I was actually leaving for anti-doping control when they told me I had won.’

Urán’s victory was all the more remarkable after he completed the race with a broken gear – a result of the crash that ended Porte’s Tour de France. The Australian went down on the descent of the hors categorie Mont du Chat and crashed into the side of the mountain at nearly 50mph, taking out Dan Martin who then caught Urán’s rear derailleur. Porte lay motionless but thankfully remained conscious. After receiving attention on the road, Porte was taken to hospital where x-rays revealed a broken clavicle and pelvis. Martin remounted and finished the stage.

On paper, it looked a brutal stage with seven climbs peppering the 181.5km route from Nantua to Chambéry. Come the descent of Mont du Chat, the final mountain of the day, Romain Bardet (fi’zi:k Arione VSX saddle and AG2R La Mondiale) stormed to the front but was caught at the death by a group containing Urán and Chris Froome (fi’zi:k Antares Full Carbon saddle and Team Sky). Froome recorded the same time as Urán so remains in yellow as the riders enter Monday’s first rest day. Fabio Aru is second, 18 seconds down, with Bardet in third, 51 seconds down.

It’s not just the Tour de France that’s grabbing the headlines. At the Swiss leg of the mountain biking downhill World Cup, Greg Minnaar, aboard his fi’zi:k Gobi MTB saddle and competing for the Santa Cruz Syndicate, won the 22nd world cup race of his career in Lenzerheide. The triple world champion beat Troy Brosnan by less than two-tenths of a second.