Óscar Sevilla

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Óscar Sevilla
Oscar Sevilla 2013.jpg
Sevilla in 2013
Personal information
Full name Óscar Miguel Sevilla Ribera
Nickname El Niño
Born (1976-09-29) September 29, 1976 (age 37)
Ossa de Montiel, Spain
Team information
Current team EPM-UNE
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
2012 Empacadora San Marcos
Professional team(s)
1998–2003
2004
2005–2006
2007
2008–2010
2011
2013–
Kelme-Costa Blanca
Phonak
T-Mobile Team
Relax-Gam
Rock Racing
Gobernación de Antioquia-Indeportes Antioquia
EPM-UNE
Major wins
Vuelta Asturias (2006)
Infobox last updated on
16 February 2014

Óscar Miguel Sevilla Ribera (born 29 September 1976, in Ossa de Montiel, Albacete Province), nicknamed El Niño, is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He is a climber with a pedigree in stage races, having finished in the top ten of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España several times.[1] He was provisionally suspended from riding after failing a drug test but is now racing again with a recent high placing in the Tour of Utah (Aug 2011) suggesting his climbing form is undiminished.[2]

Biography[edit]

He turned professional in 1998 for Spanish team Kelme-Costa Blanca, and his big breakthrough came in the 2001 edition of the Tour de France. Here, he showed himself as a great climber, ranking 7th in the overall General classification, and winning the maillot blanc as the best rider of 25 years of age or younger. After the Tour de France, he continued his great form in the 2001 Vuelta a España. He wore the leader's jersey until the final uphill time trial stage in Madrid, which he lost to winner Ángel Casero.

In the 2002 Vuelta a España, intra-team rivalry with Aitor González saw him finish fourth in the General classification, despite the team's initial assurances that he would be the only leader. González's racing in the very difficult Angliru mountain stage saw Sevilla lose valuable time that he was not able to recover in the later stages of the race, and Gonzalez took over the lead on the final stage, overtaking previous leader Roberto Heras.

After a lacklustre 2003 season, Sevilla was injured in the 2003 World Cycling Championship in a crash, resulting in a serious back injury. The 2004 season saw Sevilla start with the Swiss team Phonak in support of Tyler Hamilton's bid for the 2004 Tour de France. As Hamilton sustained an injury, Sevilla assumed the leader's mantle, although without good results. He then switched to T-Mobile Team for the 2005 season.

Since then he has fought to achieve the same great results, but his 2005 season on German team T-Mobile Team initially saw him ride as a domestique for Jan Ullrich in the 2005 Tour de France. Here, he helped Ullrich finish 3rd overall, and Sevilla's climbing improved, as well as his morale. He rode the 2005 Vuelta a España as team captain and ranked 7th overall.

He was linked to Operación Puerto doping case. After he was initially named in the investigation, Sevilla was still able to ride and won the Vuelta Asturias. On the day before the Tour de France, Ullrich and Sevilla were explicitly linked to the investigation and not allowed to start the 2006 Tour de France. On 20 July 2006, Oscar Sevilla was fired from T-Mobile in relation to the aforementioned accusations.

He rode for Relax-GAM for the 2007 season and Rock Racing for the 2008 season. He rode for Gobernación de Antioquía in the 2011 Tour of Utah.

Honors[edit]

1999
Stage 4, Tour de Romandie
2000
Trofeo Luis Ocana
Memorial Manuel Galera
2001
Jersey white.svgWinner Maillot blanc and 7th overall, 2001 Tour de France
2nd overall, Vuelta a España
2002
4th overall, Vuelta a España
2003
12th overall, Vuelta a España
2004
3rd overall, Dauphiné Libéré
24th overall, Tour de France
2005
18th overall, Tour de France
7th overall, Vuelta a España
2006
1st, overall and 1 stage Vuelta Asturias
2007
1st overall and 1 stage Route du Sud
2008
1st stage 9 Vuelta a Colombia
1st, Reading Classic
1st overall Clásico RCN
2009
1st stage 2 Vuelta Asturias
2nd stage 1 Tour of Utah
1st overall Cascade Cycling Classic
2010
1st overall 2010 Vuelta Mexico Telmex
1st overall Vuelta Antioquia
2nd overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st stage 1 Team Time Trial
1st stage 14 Time Trial
2011
1st Stage 8 Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stage 9 Vuelta a Colombia
4th Overall Tour of Utah
2012
1st Overall Vuelta Mexico Telmex
1st Stage 2
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour do Rio
1st Stage 4
2014
4th Overall Tour do Brasil

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