Café de Colombia

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Café de Colombia was a Colombian based professional road bicycle racing Cycling team active from 1985 to 1990. The team was sponsored by the Colombian coffee growers Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia.

The team came into existence just as Colombian cyclists were achieving successes in Europe. This started with a Colombian National Cycling team entering and winning the Tour de l'Avenir in 1980 with Alfonso Florez. The 1983 Tour de France was the first time that the race was "open" to accommodate amateurs to compete. As a result, the Colombian cyclists were able to compete in a Colombian national cycling team.[1] The following year the Colombian national team, with sponsorship from Varta batteries, returned to the 1984 Tour de France where Luis Herrera, still an amateur, won the stage to the Alpe d'Huez.[2] After these successes, a professional cycling team was set up that would give contracts and a chance of success in Europe to Colombian cyclists. In 1985 this team was called Café de Colombia-Pilas Varta-Mavic and had as manager José Raúl Meza Orozco. The team was composed of 24 riders from Colombia, 20 of which Café de Colombia had given them their first professional contracts, which included Luis Herrera and Fabio Parra.[3]

The following year Raphaël Géminiani was team manager together with Jorge Humberto Tenjo Porras.[4] In 1987 the team, under the guidance of team manager Rafael Antonio Niño and directeur sportif Roberto Sánchez, obtained perhaps its greatest success in 1987 when Luis Herrera won the Vuelta a España. Pedro Pablo Valdivieso Ayala and José Gabriel Castro Medina would also be directeur sportifs with the team. The team stopped after 1990.

Important victories[edit]

  • 1988:
  • General classification Dauphiné Libéré
  • Clasico Centenario de Armenia
  • Stage 1 Vuelta Americas
  • Stage 2 part b Vuelta al Táchira
  • Stage 3, 7a and General classification Postgirot Open
  • General classification Tour of the Americas
  • 1990
  • Clasica Duitama

References[edit]

  1. ^ "70eme Tour de France". Memoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 2007-04-22. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  2. ^ "71eme Tour de France". Memoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Café de Colombia". de wielersite. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Café de Colombia". de wielersite. Retrieved 2007-09-09.