Álvaro Mejía (cyclist)

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Álvaro Mejía
Personal information
Full name Álvaro Mejía Castrillón
Nickname El Cometa
Born (1967-01-19) January 19, 1967 (age 50)
Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road and mountain biking[1]
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1989–1992 Postobón-Manzana
1993–1995 Motorola
1997 Petroleo de Colombia
Major wins
Tour de France, young rider classification (1991)
Volta a Catalunya (1993)

Álvaro Mejía Castrillón (born January 19, 1967 in Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda Department) is a Colombian former road bicycle racer.

Mejía took up cycling at the age of 16, after watching Lucho Herrera, Fabio Parra and Óscar Vargas racing in the Vuelta a Colombia. He had previously competed in football and athletics, having been national junior champion for the 10,000 metres. In 1988 he won the Under-23 Vuelta a Colombia and the Clásico RCN. He won the young rider classification in the 1991 Tour de France and finished fourth at the 1991 UCI Road World Championships in Stuttgart, where he was part of the winning break alongside Gianni Bugno, Steven Rooks and Miguel Indurain. Mejía joined the Motorola team in 1993: that season he won the Volta a Catalunya and finished fourth in the 1993 Tour de France. Subsequently he spent two more seasons with Motorola before finishing his road racing career with the Petroleo de Colombia team. He spent two more years racing mountain bikes before retiring from competition.[1] During his career he also won other stage races including the Vuelta a Murcia, Route du Sud and Vuelta a Galicia.

After retiring from competition, Mejía became a doctor and lecturer, and has taught at the Technological University of Pereira and the Universidad Andina in Pereira.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rendell, Matt (24 February 2017). "Alvaro Mejia: I would have liked to have raced in a clean era". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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