Santiago Botero

Santiago Botero Echeverry (born October 27, 1972) is a Colombian former professional road bicycle racer. He was a pro from 1996 to 2010, during which time he raced in three editions of the Tour de France and four editions of the Vuelta a España (the Tour of Spain). He was best known for winning the mountains classification in the Tour de France, and the World Championship Time Trial.[1]

Santiago Botero
Botero TDF 2005.jpg
Botero at the 2005 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameSantiago Botero Echeverry
NicknameThe Buffalo from Medellín
Born (1972-10-27) October 27, 1972 (age 47)
Medellín, Colombia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-rounder
Amateur team
2009–2010Indeportes Antioquia
Professional teams
1998–2002Kelme–Costa Blanca
2003–2004Team Telekom
2008Rock Racing
Managerial team
2011–2012Gobernación de Antioquia–Indeportes Antioquia
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (2000)
3 individual stages (2000, 2002)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2001, 2002)

Stage races

Tour de Romandie (2005)

One-day races and Classics

World Time Trial Championships (2002)
National Road Race Championships (2007)
National Time Trial Championships (2009)

He was, for the greater part of his career, a member of the Kelme–Costa Blanca team, but in 2003 joined Team Telekom. His performances as part of the Kelme dissipated in Team Telekom, with the team management blaming his lack of discipline in training, but he claimed health problems. In October 2004 he joined Phonak, together with Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero from Saunier Duval–Prodir, and Víctor Hugo Peña and Floyd Landis from U.S. Postal Service. He lives in both Colombia and Madrid, Spain with his wife. Botero joined the American domestic team, Rock Racing, for the 2008 season. Botero finished his professional career riding for the Colombian team Indeportes Antioquia.[2] He was also previously the manager of UCI Continental team Gobernación de Antioquia–Indeportes Antioquia.[3]


Born in Medellín, Colombia, Botero was the World Champion in the individual time trial in 2002. His career highlights include a stage win in the Vuelta a Andalucía in 1999, a stage win in the Paris–Nice in 1999, a stage win in the 2000 Tour de France, the mountains classification in the 2000 Tour de France, two stage wins in the Vuelta 2001, the third place in the World Championships in the individual time trial in 2001, and two stage wins and fourth place overall in the 2002 Tour de France. Other victories include a stage win in the Clasica Bogota in 1997, a prologue win in the Vuelta a Chile in 1997, a stage win in GP Mitsubishi in 1998. After joining T-Mobile his accomplishments in the Tour diminished sharply.

On May 1, 2005 he won the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, 33 seconds ahead of rising Italian star and favorite for the Giro d'Italia Damiano Cunego. Romandie is often used as a preparation race for the Giro d'Italia. Botero carried that form into the 2005 edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré when he won the individual time trial ahead of Americans Levi Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong[4] as well as winning the mountainous sixth stage which brought him into second overall in the general classification.[5]

Doping allegationsEdit

In 2006, Team Phonak dropped him on June 2 after he was named in media reports in the massive Operación Puerto[6] doping probe in Spain, this just weeks before the start of the 2006 Tour de France. On October 2, 2006, Botero was cleared by the disciplinary committee of the Federación Colombiana de Ciclismo (Colombian Cycling Federation).[7] On February 28, 2007, Botero was presented with his new team UNE Orbitel in Bogota, Colombia. He outlined that his ambitions for the year would be to win the Vuelta a Colombia, to be the Colombian national champion and a podium place in the UCI World championships individual time trial event.[8] In August, Botero won the Vuelta a Colombia for the first time in his career. He dominated the event by winning the prologue and two stages along the way as well as wearing the leaders jersey for most of the race.[9]

Major resultsEdit

4th Overall Tour de Romandie
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4
7th Overall Tour de France
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 14
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 7 (ITT) & 21 (ITT)
3rd   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
8th Overall Tour de France
1st   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st Stage 16 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
4th Overall Tour de France
1st Stages 9 (ITT) & 15
7th Time trial, Olympic Games
1st   Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 5 (ITT)
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stages 3 (ITT) & 6
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 6 & 14 (ITT)
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 7 (ITT) Vuelta a Colombia


  1. ^ "Cyclist Santiago Botero announces retirement". Colombia reports. 7 July 2010.
  2. ^ "El "Orgullo paisa" con las pilas puestas". Indeportes Antioquia. 2009-06-10.
  3. ^ Botero the brains behind Gobernacion de Antioquia in Utah
  4. ^ "Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage 3 results, report and photos". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  5. ^ "Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré results,report and photos". cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  6. ^ Fotheringham, William (2006-07-16). "Plucky Pereiro reigns for Spain in shock result". The Observer. Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2006-07-16.
  7. ^ Hood, Andrew (2006-10-02). "Monday's EuroFile: Botero cleared; Basso wants same; Valverde tops". VeloNews. Inside Communications. Archived from the original on 2006-11-18. Retrieved 2006-12-27.
  8. ^ "Cyclingnews feb 28 2007". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
  9. ^ "Cyclingnews August 13th". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-13.

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