Sevilla in 2013
|Full name||Óscar Miguel Sevilla Ribera|
September 29, 1976 |
Ossa de Montiel, Albacete Province, Spain
|Rider type||Climbing specialist|
|2012||Empacadora San Marcos|
Gobernación de Antioquia-Indeportes Antioquia
|Vuelta Asturias (2006)|
|Infobox last updated on
3 September 2013
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. 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.
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.
- Stage 4, Tour de Romandie
- Trofeo Luis Ocana
- Memorial Manuel Galera
- Winner Maillot blanc and 7th overall, 2001 Tour de France
- 2nd overall, Vuelta a España
- 4th overall, Vuelta a España
- 12th overall, Vuelta a España
- 3rd overall, Dauphiné Libéré
- 24th overall, Tour de France
- 18th overall, Tour de France
- 7th overall, Vuelta a España
- 1st, overall and 1 stage Vuelta Asturias
- 1st overall and 1 stage Route du Sud
- 1st stage 9 Vuelta a Colombia
- 1st, Reading Classic
- 1st overall Clásico RCN
- 1st stage 2 Vuelta Asturias
- 2nd stage 1 Tour of Utah
- 1st overall Cascade Cycling Classic
- 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
- 1st Stage 8 Vuelta a Colombia
- 1st Stage 9 Vuelta a Colombia
- 4th Overall Tour of Utah
- 1st Overall Vuelta Mexico Telmex
- 1st Stage 2