The faces of Rigoberto Uran

Uran post stage

He has a face that the sculptor left unfinished, the clay simply blocking in the rough shapes,  the basic proportions determined but the refinements saved for a later day that never came.

Rigoberto Uran has a timeless face, the face of a farmer who has worked the land hard and been worked over by that same land. When I look at his face I seen the centuries, the generations of sacrifice, the stoic attitude in the face of misfortune. There’s fortitude, endurance, a bone deep acceptance of the realities of life.

Rigo cool-down

Rigoberto Uran rode a quiet, smart, tactical and confident Tour de France to finish second, 53 seconds off the winning time of Team Sky’s Chris Froome. Not even a pre-race dark horse, he surprised everyone but his Cannondale-Drapac teammates.

These are some close-ups we got of Uran during the second week of the Tour. He’s got a distinctive face, one that showcased a pretty big smile on the podium in Paris.

Pondering the answer


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