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Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (born 29 August 1986) is a Costa Rican professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.[1]

Andrey Amador
TdF 2011 Andrey Amador.JPG
Amador at the 2011 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full name Andrey Amador Bikkazakova
Born (1986-08-29) 29 August 1986 (age 31)
San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-Rounder
Amateur team(s)
2005–2006 BCR-Pizza Hut-KHS
2006 Viña Magna-Cropu
2007–2008 Lizarte
Professional team(s)
2009– Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tour

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2012)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2014)

Contents

CareerEdit

Amador is the son of Rodolfo Amador, a Costa Rican and Raisa Bikkazakova, a Russian immigrant who arrived in the country after meeting and marrying Amador's father. He is the youngest of three brothers. He started cycling professionally at the age of 20 in 2006, but started cycling at a very early age.[2] Amador was selected to carry the flag for Costa Rica at the 2011 Pan American Games opening ceremony.[3] He is the first Costa Rican to ever ride the Tour de France. In 2012, Amador won a mountainous stage 14 in the Giro d'Italia after breaking away from the group during the final descent right before the final climb. Though he was caught right at the finish of the climb he won the sprint in the end. In 2013, he finished 8th overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico.

In the 2016 Giro d'Italia, Amador held the pink jersey after stage 13. He became the first Costa Rican to lead a Grand Tour.[4]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2005
5th Overall Vuelta Ciclista a Costa Rica
2006
2nd Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
2007
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Navarra
2008
1st Vuelta al Bidasoa
5th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Prologue
8th Overall Vuelta a Navarra
2010
10th Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja
2011
4th Vuelta a La Rioja
4th Gran Premio de Llodio
2012
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
4th Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
9th Overall Tour de San Luis
10th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2013
8th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
10th Gent–Wevelgem
2014
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
6th Overall Tour de Pologne
10th Overall Tour du Haut Var
2015
3rd   Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
2016
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
Held   after Stage 13
2017
5th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 41 29 110 4 8 18
  Tour de France 166 54 87
  Vuelta a España 30 40
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mo€vistar Team (MOV) – ESP". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Ortiz de Guinea, Oskar (14 March 2007). "Desde Costa Rica a Pamplona, a ver nevar" [From Costa Rica to Pamplona, to see it snow]. Noticias de Gipuzkoa (in Spanish). Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. 
  3. ^ Andrey Amador sera el abanderado en los Juegos Panamericanos – 2011 Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Andrey Amador takes overall lead as Mikel Nieve wins stage 13". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 

External linksEdit

  Media related to Andrey Amador at Wikimedia Commons