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Miguel Ángel López (cyclist)

Miguel Ángel López Moreno (born February 4, 1994) is a Colombian cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Astana.[2]

Miguel Ángel López
Miguel Ángel López en el podio del Tour de Suiza 2016.jpg
López at the 2016 Tour de Suisse
Personal information
Full nameMiguel Ángel López Moreno
Born (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 (age 25)
Pesca, Colombia
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb; 9 st 4 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamAstana
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2014Lotería de Boyacá
Professional team(s)
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
Young rider classification (2018, 2019)
Vuelta a España
Young rider classification (2017)
2 individual stages (2017)
1 TTT stage (2019)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (2016)
Volta a Catalunya (2019)

One-Day Races and Classics

Milano–Torino (2016)

In 2016, López won his first World Tour stage race at the Tour de Suisse[3] and achieved his maiden grand tour stage victory the following season on Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, followed by another victory on Stage 15.[4][5] He was the overall winner of the Tour Colombia and the Volta a Catalunya in 2019.


López was born in Pesca.


López celebrated success in 2014, winning multiple stage races while still an amateur. In August he won the Tour de l'Avenir, the most prestigious under 23 cycling race. The young cyclist also won the U23 version of the Vuelta a Colombia.


Following his success in 2014, López was granted a contract with Astana, a UCI WorldTeam. His success in stage races continued, finishing 4th overall and winning a stage at the Vuelta a Burgos and 7th overall in the Tour de Suisse.


2016 was López's breakthrough season. He finished 4th in the Tour de San Luis, the first race of his season, winning Stage 6 and taking the young rider classification. One month later, López finished third and won a stage at the Tour de Langkawi, an eight-day race held in Malaysia. The biggest win yet of his career came at the Tour de Suisse, where he won the general classification ahead of Ion Izagirre and Warren Barguil. Following these successes, López was one of five riders selected to represent Colombia in the road race at the Olympics. López started his first grand tour at the Vuelta a España[6] where he was the chosen team leader but he was forced to abandon the race on Stage 6 following a crash on Stage 3.[7]


López was named on the start list for the Vuelta a España in a strong Astana line-up alongside former race winner Fabio Aru. On Stage 11, he took his first grand tour stage victory, distancing himself from race favourites Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Wilco Kelderman in the last 2km of the first-category climb up to the Calar Alto Observatory.[4] López's fine form in the mountains continued on Stage 14 to Sierra de la Pandera where he once again distanced the race leaders to finish second to Rafał Majka on the first especial category climb of the race.[8] He went on to win the following Stage 15 after a solo escape on the summit finish, yet again distancing the race favorites for his second Vuelta stage victory.[9]


In May 2018, he was named in the startlist for the 2018 Giro d'Italia.[10] A race which he finished in 3rd place in the overall classification behind Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin.


López won stage 4 and the general classification in the 2019 Volta a Catalunya in March.[11]

López competed in the 2019 Giro d'Italia, finishing seventh overall and winning the young rider classification for a second time in a row. During stage 20 of the race, López was brought down in an incident with a fan about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the finish. He proceeded to hit the spectator four times, including knocking the hat off his head. While the regulations of the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), call for disqualification of a rider who assaults someone during a race, the race jury decided against applying a punishment to López. He later apologised for the incident, but stated that riders should receive more respect from the crowd.[12] One day later, after the Giro had ended, the UCI announced that they were investigating the lack of a penalty for his behaviour.[13]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 6
1st   Overall Under–23 Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stage 4
1st   Overall Clásica de Samacá
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st   Overall Clásica Aguazul
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 1 Clásica Fusagasugá
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 4
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 4
4th Overall Tour de San Luis
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 6
4th Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 4
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 5
8th Overall Vuelta a España
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stages 11 & 15
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Young rider classification
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
3rd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
1st   Young rider classification
3rd Overall Tour of the Alps
1st Stage 2
1st   Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 4
1st   Overall Tour Colombia
1st   Young rider classification
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
  Combativity award Stage 1 & Overall
Held   after Stages 1, 5 & 7
Held   after Stages 1–12 & 18–19
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Young rider classification

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Giro d'Italia 3 7
  Tour de France
  Vuelta a España DNF 8 3 5
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Paris–Nice 28
  Tirreno–Adriatico 16
  Volta a Catalunya DNF 42 1
  Tour of the Basque Country 20
  Tour de Romandie DNF
  Critérium du Dauphiné
  Tour de Suisse 7 1 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified


  1. ^ a b "Astana - Pro Team". Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Astana Pro Team presented renewed roster for 2019". Astana. Apgrade. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Tour de Suisse 2016: Stage 9 Results -".
  4. ^ a b "Stage 11 - Lorca > Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto". La Vuelta 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  5. ^ "La Vuelta: Miguel Angel Lopez wins again as Chris Froome extends lead after Stage 15". Eurosport. 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  6. ^ "71st Vuelta a España". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Simon Yates times it well". Le Tour. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Stage 14 - Écija > Sierra de La Pandera". La Vuelta 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  9. ^ "Lopez secures second mountaintop win at Vuelta a Espana |". Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  10. ^ "2018: 101st Giro d'Italia: Start List". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Volta a Catalunya 2019". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  12. ^ Brown, Gregor (1 June 2019). "Miguel Ángel López reacts to spectator crash: 'Riders deserve more respect but I'm sorry'". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  13. ^ Farrand, Stephen (2 June 2019). "UCI jury decision under scrutiny after Lopez's assault on Giro d'Italia fan goes unpunished". Retrieved 3 June 2019.

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