Vuelta a Colombia

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Vuelta a Colombia
Race details
Date August
Region Colombia
English name Tour of Colombia
Local name(s) Vuelta a Colombia (Spanish)
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI
Type Stage race
History
First edition 1951 (1951)
Editions 63 (as of 2013)
First winner  Efraín Forero Triviño (COL)
Most wins  Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) (6 wins)
Most recent  Óscar Sevilla (ESP)

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]

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 severe 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 where Sports journalist of local radio station RCN Alberto Martinez Prader died while transmitting the race. Martinez was traveling in a jeep with José Fernando López and Hector Urrego when, descending from La Linea peak towards Calarcá, the jeep 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 winners[edit]

Rider Team
1949 Colombia Enrique Mateus, JulioJulio Enrique Mateus (COL) Bogota-Cundinamarca
1951 Colombia Forero Trivino, EfrainEfraín Forero Triviño (COL) Planta de Soda de Zipaquirá-Cundinamarca
1952 France Beyaert, JoseJosé Beyaert (FRA) Automoto Valle
1953 Colombia Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia A
1954 Colombia Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia Fuerzas Armadas
1955 Colombia Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia
1956 Colombia Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia A
1957 Spain Gomez Del Moral, JoseJosé Gómez del Moral (ESP) Spain (national team)
1958 Colombia Hoyos, RamonRamón Hoyos (COL)
1959 Colombia Gomez, Ruben DarioRubén Darío Gómez (COL)
1960 Colombia Medina Calderon, HernanHernán Medina Calderón (COL) Antioquia-Cervunión
1961 Colombia Gomez, Ruben DarioRubén Darío Gómez (COL) Camisas Jarcano
1962 Colombia Buitrago, Roberto "Pajarito"Roberto "Pajarito" Buitrago (COL)
1963 Colombia Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Blue Bell-Wrangler
1964 Colombia Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia A
1965 Colombia Suarez, JavierJavier Suárez (COL) Antioquia Suramericana
1966 Colombia Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)
1967 Colombia Rodriguez, Martin EmilioMartín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Wrangler-Caribú
1968 Colombia Sanchez, Pedro JulioPedro Julio Sánchez (COL) Telepostal
1969 Colombia Hernandez, PabloPablo Hernández (COL) Pierce Cundinamarca
1970 Colombia Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Junta Administradora de Deportes-Cundinamarca
1971 Colombia Pachon, AlvaroÁlvaro Pachón (COL) Singer
1972 Colombia Samaca, MiguelMiguel Samacá (COL) Singer
1973 Colombia Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Ferretería Reina
1974 Colombia Samaca, MiguelMiguel Samacá (COL) Licorera de Cundinamarca
1975 Colombia Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1976 Colombia Jiménez, José PatrocinioJosé Patrocinio Jiménez (COL) Banco Cafetero
1977 Colombia Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1978 Colombia Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Benotto
1979 Colombia Florez Ortiz, AlfonsoAlfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Freskola A
1980 Colombia Nino, Rafael AntonioRafael Antonio Niño (COL) Droguería Yaneth
1981 Colombia Parra, FabioFabio Parra (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1982 Colombia Perez, CristobelCristóbal Pérez (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1983 Colombia Florez Ortiz, AlfonsoAlfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Varta-Colombia
1984 Colombia Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Varta-Colombia
1985 Colombia Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Varta-Café de Colombia
1986 Colombia Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia-Varta
1987 Colombia Wilches, PabloPablo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1988 Colombia Herrera, LuisLuis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia
1989 Colombia Rincon, OliverioOliverio Rincón (COL) Castalia
1990 Colombia Wilches, GustavoGustavo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana-Ryalcao
1991 Colombia Sierra, AlvaroÁlvaro Sierra (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1992 Colombia Parra, FabioFabio Parra (COL) Amaya Seguros
1993 Colombia Jaramillo, CarlosCarlos Jaramillo (COL) Aguardiente Antioquena
1994 Colombia Gonzalez, ChepeChepe González (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1995 Colombia Gonzalez, ChepeChepe González (COL) Kelme-Pony Malta
1996 Colombia Sanabria, Miguel AngelMiguel Ángel Sanabria (COL) Selle Italia-Gaseosas Glacial-Magniflex
1997 Colombia Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Telecom-Capitel-Kelme
1998 Colombia Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Avianca-Telecom-Kelme
1999 Colombia Contreras, Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto Contreras (COL) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2000 Colombia Palacio, HectorHéctor Palacio (COL) 05-Orbitel
2001 Colombia Buenahora, HernanHernán Buenahora (COL) Selle Italia Baterías MAC
2002 Colombia Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Columbia Selle Italia Alc.Cabimas
2003 Colombia Nino, LibardoLibardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
2004 Colombia Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Orbitel-05
2005 Colombia Nino, LibardoLibardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá-Coordinadora
2006 Colombia Castelblanco, JoseJosé Castelblanco (COL) Gobernación del Zulia-ALC Cabimas
2007 Colombia Botero, SantiagoSantiago Botero (COL) UNE-Orbitel
2008 Colombia Baez, GiovannyGiovanny Báez (COL) EPM-UNE
2009 Venezuela Rujano, JoseJosé Rujano (VEN) Gobernación del Zulia
2010 Colombia Henao, SergioSergio Henao (COL) Indeportes Antioquia-Idea-FLA-Lotería de Medellín
2011 Colombia Cárdenas, FélixFélix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2012 Colombia Cárdenas, FélixFélix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2013 Spain Sevilla, ÓscarÓscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM-UNE

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Federacion Colombiana de Ciclismo". Ciclismode colombia. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-08-06.  (Spanish)
  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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