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Víctor Hugo Peña

Víctor Hugo Peña Grisales (born July 10, 1974 in Bogotá) is a Colombian professional retired road racing cyclist. He last rode for the Colombia professional cycling team.[1] In 2003, Peña became the first Colombian to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. He held the yellow jersey for three days following the 4th, 5th and 6th stages of that year's tour.

Víctor Hugo Peña
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Personal information
Full nameVíctor Hugo Peña Grisales
NicknameEl Tiburon (the shark)
Born (1974-07-10) July 10, 1974 (age 45)
Bogotá, Colombia
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTimetrialist, stageracer
Amateur team(s)
1998Avianca-Telecom-Kelme
Professional team(s)
1999–2000Vitalicio Seguros
2001–2004U.S. Postal Service
2005–2006Phonak
2007Unibet.com
2008–2009Rock Racing
2010–2011Café de Colombia–Colombia es Pasión
2012Colombia–Coldeportes
Major wins
1 stage Giro d'Italia
1 stage Vuelta a España

Peña's 2003 Tour de France, where he served as domestique for Lance Armstrong, is described in detail in Matt Rendell's book A Significant Other. The book also describes the rider's amateur and early professional career.

He is named after both his father Hugo and the author Victor Hugo. He earned his nickname "El Tiburon" ("the shark") due to his looks and the other sport he excelled at besides cycling – swimming. Peña finished 7th in the 100 meter freestyle Pan American swimming championships for juniors in 1991.

At the end of the season in 2012, Peña retired.[2] Later, Pena was implicated in the 2012 USADA Reasoned Report into doping on the US Postal team and was concluded to worked with Dr. Michele Ferrari and received blood transfusions during his Tour de France participations.

Results and TeamsEdit

1998 – Telecom-Kelme
1st   Mountains Competition – Midre Libre
1st   Mountains Competition – Vuelta a Castilla y Leon
8th Overall Vuelta a Colombia
Prolouge & Stage 6
1st   Points Classification
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
2000 – Vitalicio Seguros
15th Overall Giro d'Italia
Stage 11 (ITT)
2001 – US Postal
2002 – US Postal
1st   Overall Vuelta a Murcia
3rd Overall Ronde van Nederland
Stage 4 (ITT)
2003 – US Postal
Stage 4 TTT Tour de France
Held   Jersey for 3 Days
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
6th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
Stage 4
10th Overall Ronde van Nederland
2004 – US Postal
Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Tour of Belgium
2005 – Phonak
10th ITT World Cycling Championships
2006 – Phonak
9th Overall – Giro d'Italia
2007 – Unibet
1st   Sprint Classification, Volta a Catalunya
2008 – Café de Colombia-Colombia es Pasión
1st stage 7 Vuelta a Colombia
2009 – Café de Colombia-Colombia es Pasión
15th Overall Vuelta a Colombia
Stage 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colombia-Coldeportes (COL) - COL". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ Team Type 1, Colombia, MTN secure Pro Continental licenses for 2013

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