The top cyclist in the world, 24 year-old Tadej Pogacar, was the guest of honor at the fourth edition of Rigoburto Uran’s Giro de Rigo in Colombia on Sunday. The two-time Tour de France champion not only saddled up to ride with 4000 gran fondo cyclists, he also wore a cowboy hat, rode a horse (after some coaxing) and danced the jaropo, a traditional Colombian dance.
But it was disgraced GFNY World Champion doper Oscar Tovar who took the top honors, winning his first Giro de Rigo with a time of 4:52:35 on the 187 kilometers long gran fondo route. Juan Gomez Lopez (4:55:23) finished second with Juan Guillermo Montoya Montoya (4:56:14) third.
Tovar, 40, was stripped of his world champion title in 2015, banned for-life from GFNY races and suspended by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) for two years after he won the GFNY World Championships and tested positive for the banned substance testosterone.
Camila Cortes won the women’s Giro de Rigo gran fondo competition, crossing under the finish banner in 5:16:30. Liseth Vanesssa Tarazona (5:19:29) and Ana Maria Rios Pinillos (5:20:25) earned the final two podium positions.
Tour de France champion Pogacar had mechanical troubles early when his seatpost slipped, requiring a quick stop, repair and a bit of motor pacing back up to Uran’s group to enjoy a beautiful day cycling in Colombia.
Complete Giro de Rigo results HERE.
Photos/Media: Tadej Pogacar, Giro de Rigo, GFNY