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The Vuelta a Colombia (Spanish for Tour of Colombia) is an annual cycling road race, run over many stages throughout different regions in Colombia and sometimes Venezuela and Ecuador during the first days of August. It is organized by the Colombian Cycling Federation.[1]

Vuelta a Colombia
English nameTour of Colombia
Local name(s)Vuelta a Colombia (in Spanish)
DisciplineRoad race
TypeStage race
First edition1951 (1951)
Editions68 (as of 2018)
First winner Efraín Forero Triviño (COL)
Most wins Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) (6 wins)
Most recent Jonathan Caicedo (ECU)



The first Vuelta a Colombia was held in 1951. It was a 1,233 kilometers race which was divided in 10 stages which included three rest days.[2] Thirty-five cyclists lined up for the race and of which thirty finished the race.[3] The first champion of the Vuelta was Efraín Forero Triviño who won seven stages of the race.[4] For the second edition, the race was increased in stages to 13 and was around 1,670 km in length. It was held from the 12 to the 27 or 28 January 1952. It appears that 60 cyclists lined up for the race.[5] The 3rd edition of the race was the first edition to have 15 stages that covered 1,750 km.[6]

Over the years, there has been several serious accidents and even deaths during the race. Some of these cyclists, who have had very serious and career-ending accidents, include Conrado "Tito" Gallo, Gilberto Achicanoy, Felipe Liñán and Ernesto Santander.[7] In 2005, there was a tragic accident in the Vuelta in which a local radio journalist, Alberto Martínez Prader, died while transmitting the race. Martinez was traveling in a jeep with José Fernando López and Héctor Urrego when, descending from the La Linea peak towards Calarcá, the vehicle lost control on a curve and fell into a ravine.[8]

It is currently a fifteen-stage race that is regarded as one of the toughest races in cycling. The mountain passes that the peloton encounters are hundreds of metres higher than any of the passes used in the Tour de France.

The 2010 edition was won by Sergio Luis Henao of the Indeportes Antioquia-Idea-FLA-Lotería de Medellín Team ahead of teammate Óscar Sevilla and José Rujano, the previous year's winner.[9]


On 21 November, Róbinson López (Loteria de Boyaca), current U23 Colombian champion, tested positive for the third generation blood booster - CERA.[10] A week later, news broke that Luis Alberto Largo (Sogamoso–Argos–Cooservicios–Idrs), Edward Díaz (EPM), Jonathan Felipe Paredes and Fabio Nelson Montenegro (Ebsa–Indeportes Boyaca), Luis Camargo Flechas (Supergiros) and Oscar Soliz (Movistar Amateur Team) had all tested positive for CERA at the 2017 edition of the race.[11]

Past winnersEdit

Rider Team
1951   Efraín Forero Triviño (COL) Planta de Soda de Zipaquirá-Cundinamarca
1952   José Beyaert (FRA) Automoto Valle
1953   Ramón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia A
1954   Ramón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia Fuerzas Armadas
1955   Ramón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia
1956   Ramón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia A
1957   José Gómez del Moral (ESP) Spain (national team)
1958   Ramón Hoyos (COL)
1959   Rubén Darío Gómez (COL)
1960   Hernán Medina Calderón (COL) Antioquia-Cervunión
1961   Rubén Darío Gómez (COL) Camisas Jarcano
1962   Roberto Buitrago (COL)
1963   Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Blue Bell-Wrangler
1964   Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia A
1965   Javier Suárez (COL) Antioquia Suramericana
1966   Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)
1967   Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Wrangler-Caribú
1968   Pedro Julio Sánchez (COL) Telepostal
1969   Pablo Hernández (COL) Pierce Cundinamarca
1970   Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Junta Administradora de Deportes-Cundinamarca
1971   Álvaro Pachón (COL) Singer
1972   Miguel Samacá (COL) Singer
1973   Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Ferretería Reina
1974   Miguel Samacá (COL) Licorera de Cundinamarca
1975   Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1976   José Patrocinio Jiménez (COL) Banco Cafetero
1977   Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1978   Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Benotto
1979   Alfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Freskola A
1980   Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Droguería Yaneth
1981   Fabio Parra (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1982   Cristóbal Pérez (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1983   Alfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Varta-Colombia
1984   Luis Herrera (COL) Varta-Colombia
1985   Luis Herrera (COL) Varta-Café de Colombia
1986   Luis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia-Varta
1987   Pablo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1988   Luis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia
1989   Oliverio Rincón (COL) Castalia
1990   Gustavo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana-Ryalcao
1991   Álvaro Sierra (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1992   Fabio Parra (COL) Amaya Seguros
1993   Carlos Jaramillo (COL) Aguardiente Antioquena
1994   Chepe González (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1995   Chepe González (COL) Kelme-Pony Malta
1996   Miguel Ángel Sanabria (COL) Selle Italia-Gaseosas Glacial-Magniflex
1997   José Castelblanco (COL) Telecom-Capitel-Kelme
1998   José Castelblanco (COL) Avianca-Telecom-Kelme
1999   Carlos Alberto Contreras (COL) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2000   Héctor Palacio (COL) 05-Orbitel
2001   Hernán Buenahora (COL) Selle Italia Baterías MAC
2002   José Castelblanco (COL) Colombia Selle Italia Alc.Cabimas
2003   Libardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
2004   José Castelblanco (COL) Orbitel-05
2005   Libardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá-Coordinadora
2006   José Castelblanco (COL) Gobernación del Zulia-ALC Cabimas
2007   Santiago Botero (COL) UNE-Orbitel
2008   Giovanny Báez (COL) EPM-UNE
2009   José Rujano (VEN) Gobernación del Zulia
2010   Sergio Henao (COL) Indeportes Antioquia-Idea-FLA-Lotería de Medellín
2011   Félix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2012   Félix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2013   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE
2014   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE–Área Metropolitana
2015   Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE–Área Metropolitana
2016   Mauricio Ortega (COL) Supergiros-Gane-Redetrans
2017   Aristóbulo Cala (COL) Bicicletas Strongman
2018   Jonathan Caicedo (ECU) Medellín

  Jonathan Caicedo (ECU)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Federacion Colombiana de Ciclismo" (in Spanish). Ciclismode colombia. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  2. ^ "History of the Vuelta a Colombia". Compania Nacional de Chocolates. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  3. ^ "1a Vuelta a Colombia". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  4. ^ "Vuelta a Colombia Histoia 1951". Ciclismo de Colombia. Archived from the original on 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
  5. ^ "2a Vuelta a Colombia". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  6. ^ "3a Vuelta a Colombia 1953". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  7. ^ "Anecdotario de la Vuelta". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  8. ^ "Sports journalist dies in accident in Tour of Colombia". People's Daily online. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  9. ^ "Henao wins Vuelta a Colombia". Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  10. ^ "Colombian U23 champion tests positive for CERA -".
  11. ^ "Eight riders test positive at Vuelta a Colombia -".

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