EF Education First starts Tour de France with eyes on final victory
Jun 28 2018 07:39 pm CET

EF Education First starts Tour de France with eyes on final victory
EF Education First starts Tour de France with eyes on final victory
EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale

EF Education First is ready to tackle the 2018 Tour de France. Rigoberto Uran will lead the team once more with the objective of being on the highest spot of the final podium in Paris.

After reaching the second spot of the general classification at the last edition of the French grand tour, the American team is ready to improve from this result. "The objective is quite simple," said the team's CEO Jonathan Vaughters. "We start the race trying to win the Tour de France.

"Is that optimistic and is that pushing the limits of our team? Absolutely. But we were second place last year. We have a little bit stronger team this year, and we have a parcours more suited to Rigo than last year. We have Rigo, who is stronger than he was last year. So we’re going in with the idea of trying to win the race."

Uran already knows every step he has to take to reach the main objective. "The importance of the Tour is easy to explain," he commented. "Everything in July is top level – every rider, every stage, every second. It all matters.

"I need to focus for 21 days. It’s important to focus on the race, at the dinner table, for the sleep. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, it’s like the World Championships every single day for three weeks."

EF Education First-Drapac's line-up for the Tour de France (7th to 29th of July):

Rigoberto Uran
Pierre Rolland
Dani Martinez
Simon Clarke
Sep Vanmarcke
Tom Scully
Taylor Phinney
Lawson Craddock




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