Mauricio Soler

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Soler and the second or maternal family name is Hernández.
Mauricio Soler
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Personal information
Full name Juan Mauricio Soler Hernández
Nickname El Lancero
Born (1983-01-14) January 14, 1983 (age 31)
Ramiriquí, Colombia
Height 1.90 m
Weight 70 kg
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
2006
2007–2009
2010–2011
Acqua & Sapone
Barloworld
Caisse d'Epargne
Major wins
1 Stage Tour de France 2007
Tour de France, King of the Mountains (2007)
Circuit de Lorraine (2006)
1 Stage Tour de Suisse 2011
Infobox last updated on
18 July 2012

Juan Mauricio Soler Hernández (born January 14, 1983 in Ramiriquí, Boyacá) is a Colombian former professional road bicycle racer, who last rode for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team.[1] He competed in the Tour de France for the first time in 2007, winning stage 9 having broken away on the Col du Galibier. He won that year's King of the Mountains title. Soler stated the stage win was "a victory from heaven. It is the biggest win of my life, and in my first Tour de France. I didn't think it would come so quickly."[2] He finished 11th overall that year.

Career[edit]

Soler began racing at the age of 17, he stated a race in his village is what made him decide to become a professional cyclist. Upon becoming a professional, Soler spent a year racing in his native Colombia and soon after joined the Acqua & Sapone team where he was guided by Claudio Corti, who later brought him to the Barloworld team.[3]

Soler made his Tour debut in the 2007 Tour de France, where he won the ninth stage, and won the mountains classification.

Soler's 2008 tour dreams were shattered, after having crashed in the final kilometers of the first stage. He was forced to drop out after a CT scan showed a microfracture in his wrist.

Having made the switch to the Caisse D'Epargne team in 2010, he was due to compete in that year's Tour de France, his first in two seasons, and was favoured to be among the top 20 riders. However, due to a knee injury sustained following a crash in the Critérium du Dauphiné, he was not fit to take part in the Tour de France.[4]

After his long history of injuries and illnesses, Soler won his first race in four years Sunday 12 June 2011 by winning stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse with its difficult mountain top finish. It marked a return to his status as a world class climber; Soler and his team were poised compete in the Tour de France in July.[5]

Tour de Suisse accident[edit]

On Thursday 16 June 2011, early in stage six of the Tour de Suisse and while in second place in the general classification, Soler hit a small raised piece of curbing from an adjacent foot path at a speed of approximately 80 km/h. He hit a spectator and was thrown into a solid fence. He suffered a fractured skull, a cerebral edema, other fractures and hematomas. Soler was placed in a medically induced coma. Within two days he had shown signs of improvement but was still in the coma,[6][7][8][9] and by 8 July 2011 his condition had stabilized enough for him to be moved to Spain. On the same date, VeloNews quoted an unnamed source saying that Soler showed signs of "serious cognitive deficits" due to his head injury.[10] On January 2012 it was reported in VeloNews that Soler had moved back to Colombia to begin his recuperation. In a meeting with reporters, Soler reported that he was still weak and easily fatigued.[11]

On July 17, 2012, Soler announced that he would not attempt to return to professional cycling.[12]

Palmarès[edit]

2006
1st Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 2
2007
1st Stage 9 Tour de France:
1st Jersey polkadot.svg King of the Mountains
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 2
2008
2nd overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
2009
2nd Overall Settimana Lombarda
4th Stage 4 Giro d'Italia
2011
1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse

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