The Tour de France The title was finished for the Slovenian, Tadej Pogacar, the second place for Primoz Roglic and the third for Richie Porte, while the Colombian cycling finished with a sixth place of Miguel Lopez and the eighth of Rigoberto Uran. The conclusions of the performance.
1. Two in the ‘top’ 10. Miguel Ángel López finished in the sixth box and Rigoberto Urán in the eighth, the best Colombians in this Tour de France.
López, even before the clock, was third and won a stage, in Col de la Loze, but he had his bad day, he did not live up to expectations and not only lost the podium option but fell much lower.
The Boyacense assumed the leadership of the foreign legion, after the retirement of Egan Bernal, the loss of time of Nairo Quintana and Urán, but The responsibility, the head and the legs weighed on him, because he did not have what to finish the race with. He had third place in his hands, but he let it go. It is his first Tour and that performance is valid, but it could have been better.
Urán demonstrated his professionalism. A year ago his family told him to retire, but he did not, he stopped from the strong blow in the Vuelta a España, came back, applied that good dose of veterancy, prepared himself in the best way and did a very good competition.
He lacked something in the auction, but he made it clear that his experience is worth a lot and we must recognize his capacity for suffering and his professionalism. The best Colombian in the Tour, even if López surpasses him in the general classification.
2. The two stages. López and Daniel Martínez were on the scoreboard. The boyacense cyclist won the Col de Loze, last Wednesday, and adjusted the victory 22 of the Tour for Colombian cycling.
Martínez, for his part, came to the race excited and with the wings that gave him the title at the Criterium Dauphiné, but a fall in the second stage ruined his aspirations to make a good general.
The Education First cyclist followed the race, little by little he recovered, he gave Urán a hand in the stages to keep him in the top 10 overall, he delivered and it was his own thing.
The stage victory in Puy Mary is a fair reward for him, for the fight that he had Dealing with retirement and for a team that with the title at Dauphiné, this stage victory for Martínez and the eighth place overall for Urán saved the year.
4. Egan and Nairo. They were the two figures from Colombia. With Bernal the title was defended and with Nairo there were aspirations of partial victories and a place within the five, but neither one nor the other.
Egan Bernal retired due to back pain, fatigue came at the unexpected moment and that won him the stage. His departure from the Tour through the back door left Colombian cycling with no chance of winning the event and fighting for the podium head-on.
Today, Egan is the only Colombian cyclist capable of fighting the general of the big three.
Nairo, as has already been said, the blows led him to say goodbye to the first place, he finished behind in the classification and for the first time in history he was outside the top 12 of the general classification.
Yes, he is the best Colombian cyclist in history, that is what the results say, but his present is not the best. Since 2017, when he finished second in the Giro d’Italia behind Tom Dumoulin, the Boyacense has not fought for a podium in a major competition, and due to injuries, after falls, he could not this time either.
5. More was expected. Urán said it very clearly: “” obviously more was expected, but as a Colombian, not as a cyclist, I am happy with what we have done here. ”
I wish you could win the Tour de France every year, but it’s not like that. You have to have many conditions in your favor and in this 2020 nothing came out of the Colombians in terms of the fight for the podium. Egan’s retirement, by Sergio Higuita; Nairo’s blows and injuries and López’s failure to finish off the competition prevented the performance from being better.
It is clear that with Egan you could fight, but his retirement put an end to that and Colombia was left to fight for the podium. Urán paid the effort of the last days and López, when he was expected to defend third place, he sank, did not respond, had his bad day and being one of the best of the race in Paris was an illusion.
Editor of EL TIEMPO