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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
Date August
Region Colombia
English name Tour of Colombia
Local name(s) Vuelta a Colombia (in Spanish)
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI
Type Stage race
First edition 1951 (1951)
Editions 67 (as of 2017)
First winner  Efraín Forero Triviño (COL)
Most wins  Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) (6 wins)
Most recent  Aristóbulo Cala (COL)

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HistoryEdit

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]

Past winnersEdit

Rider Team
1951   Forero Trivino, EfrainEfraín Forero Triviño (COL) Planta de Soda de Zipaquirá-Cundinamarca
1952   Beyaert, JoseJosé Beyaert (FRA) Automoto Valle
1953   Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia A
1954   Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia Fuerzas Armadas
1955   Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia
1956   Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia A
1957   Gomez Del Moral, JoseJosé Gómez del Moral (ESP) Spain (national team)
1958   Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL)
1959   Gomez, Ruben DarioRubén Darío Gómez (COL)
1960   Medina Calderon, HernanHernán Medina Calderón (COL) Antioquia-Cervunión
1961   Gomez, Ruben DarioRubén Darío Gómez (COL) Camisas Jarcano
1962   Buitrago, RobertoRoberto Buitrago (COL)
1963   Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Blue Bell-Wrangler
1964   Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia A
1965   Suarez, JavierJavier Suárez (COL) Antioquia Suramericana
1966   Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)
1967   Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Wrangler-Caribú
1968   Sanchez, Pedro JulioPedro Julio Sánchez (COL) Telepostal
1969   Hernández, PabloPablo Hernández (COL) Pierce Cundinamarca
1970   Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Junta Administradora de Deportes-Cundinamarca
1971   Pachon, AlvaroÁlvaro Pachón (COL) Singer
1972   Samaca, MiguelMiguel Samacá (COL) Singer
1973   Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Ferretería Reina
1974   Samaca, MiguelMiguel Samacá (COL) Licorera de Cundinamarca
1975   Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1976   Jiménez, José PatrocinioJosé Patrocinio Jiménez (COL) Banco Cafetero
1977   Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1978   Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Benotto
1979   Florez Ortiz, AlfonsoAlfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Freskola A
1980   Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Droguería Yaneth
1981   Parra, FabioFabio Parra (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1982   Perez, CristobelCristóbal Pérez (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1983   Florez Ortiz, AlfonsoAlfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Varta-Colombia
1984   Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Varta-Colombia
1985   Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Varta-Café de Colombia
1986   Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia-Varta
1987   Wilches, PabloPablo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1988   Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia
1989   Rincon, OliverioOliverio Rincón (COL) Castalia
1990   Wilches, GustavoGustavo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana-Ryalcao
1991   Sierra, AlvaroÁlvaro Sierra (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1992   Parra, FabioFabio Parra (COL) Amaya Seguros
1993   Jaramillo, CarlosCarlos Jaramillo (COL) Aguardiente Antioquena
1994   Gonzalez, ChepeChepe González (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1995   Gonzalez, ChepeChepe González (COL) Kelme-Pony Malta
1996   Sanabria, Miguel AngelMiguel Ángel Sanabria (COL) Selle Italia-Gaseosas Glacial-Magniflex
1997   Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Telecom-Capitel-Kelme
1998   Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Avianca-Telecom-Kelme
1999   Contreras, Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto Contreras (COL) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2000   Palacio, HectorHéctor Palacio (COL) 05-Orbitel
2001   Buenahora, HernanHernán Buenahora (COL) Selle Italia Baterías MAC
2002   Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Colombia Selle Italia Alc.Cabimas
2003   Nino, LibardoLibardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
2004   Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Orbitel-05
2005   Nino, LibardoLibardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá-Coordinadora
2006   Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Gobernación del Zulia-ALC Cabimas
2007   Botero, SantiagoSantiago Botero (COL) UNE-Orbitel
2008   Baez, GiovannyGiovanny Báez (COL) EPM-UNE
2009   Rujano, JoseJosé Rujano (VEN) Gobernación del Zulia
2010   Henao, SergioSergio Henao (COL) Indeportes Antioquia-Idea-FLA-Lotería de Medellín
2011   Cárdenas, FélixFélix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2012   Cárdenas, FélixFélix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2013   Sevilla, ÓscarÓscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE
2014   Sevilla, ÓscarÓscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE–Área Metropolitana
2015   Sevilla, ÓscarÓscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE–Área Metropolitana
2016   Ortega, MauricioMauricio Ortega (COL) Supergiros-Gane-Redetrans
2017   Cala, AristóbuloAristóbulo Cala (COL) Bicicletas Strongman

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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". Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  6. ^ "3a Vuelta a Colombia 1953". 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". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 

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