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Félix Rafael Cárdenas Ravalo (born November 24, 1973 in Encino, Santander) is a Colombian road bicycle racer, who rides for the Formesan amateur squad. He previously rode for UCI Professional Continental team Barloworld until the team's demise in 2009.[1] In the 2001 Tour de France, Cardenas took one of the biggest victory of his career on the mountainous stage 12. He crossed the line solo in Ax-les-Thermes, with Roberto Laiseka and Lance Armstrong rounding the podium. He performed his trademark victory salute, standing on the pedals with arms raised high in the air.[2]

Félix Cárdenas
Félix Cárdenas.jpg
Personal information
Full nameFélix Rafael Cárdenas Ravalo
Born (1973-11-24) November 24, 1973 (age 45)
Encino, Santander, Colombia
Team information
Current teamFormesan
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
2010–2012GW–Shimano
2013–2014Formesan
Professional team(s)
2000–2001Kelme–Costa Blanca
2002Cage Maglierie
200305 Orbitel
2003–2004Cafés Baque
2005–2009Barloworld
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2001)
Vuelta a España
Mountains classification (2003, 2004)
3 individual stages (2000, 2003, 2004)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2010, 2012)

Major resultsEdit

1996
Clásico RCN
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
1998
6th Overall Clásico RCN
1999
3rd Overall Vuelta a Colombia
2000
1st Stage 10 Vuelta a España
2001
1st Stage 12 Tour de France
2003
1st   Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
Vuelta a España
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 16
2nd Overall Vuelta a Colombia
2004
Vuelta a España
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 17
2nd Overall Clásico RCN
2005
1st   Overall Tour of Japan
2006
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
1st Stage 1 Brixia Tour
2007
1st Stage 1 Giro del Capo
2010
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Clásico RCN
2011
1st   Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stage 4
2012
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stages 3, 4 & 10
2nd Overall Vuelta de Chile
1st Stage 9
2013
1st Stage 9 Vuelta a Colombia
2014
7th Overall Vuelta a la Independencia Nacional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CQ – CARDENAS RAVALO Felix Rafael". Cqranking.com. 1972-11-24. Retrieved 2012-01-24.
  2. ^ Tim Maloney (20 July 2001). "California Dreaming and Felix Festa Nacional". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 2 December 2012.

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