Clásico RCN

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Clásico RCN
Race details
English nameRCN Classic
Local name(s)Clásico RCN (in Spanish)
DisciplineRoad race
TypeStage race
First edition1961 (1961)
Editions57 (as of 2017)
First winner Rubén Darío Gómez (COL)
Most wins Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) (5 wins)
Most recent Juan Pablo Suárez (COL)

The Clásico RCN (Spanish for RCN Classic) is an annual cycling road race that takes place over many stages through different regions of Colombia during October. It is organized by the Colombian Cycling Federation.[1]

The event is sponsored by Radio Cadena Nacional, which is one of the oldest and largest radio networks in Colombia, and by a network of Colombian business in Medellín "Empresas Públicas de Medellín".[2] The Clásico RCN and the Vuelta a Colombia are the most important stage races in Colombia.[3][4][5]


The first event was held in 1961 and was won by Ruben Dario Gomez. Many well-known Colombian cyclists have won the event, including Martín Emilio Rodríguez, Fabio Parra, Luis Herrera and Rafael Antonio Niño.

During the 1980s, the Clásico RCN held several "open" events in which professional cycling teams from Europe came and competed in the race.[6] It has been written that the reason for this was for Elite professionals in Europe to get altitude training in the early season in Colombia.[7] Some of the teams competing in the Clásico RCN during the eighties included Peugeot-Shell-Michelin, Renault-Elf-Gitane, SEM-France Loire, La Vie Claire, Zor and Reynolds[6] which resulted in stage wins by Pascal Simon, Laurent Fignon, Bernard Hinault, Charly Mottet and Martial Gayant.[8] In the 1992 edition of the Clásico RCN, the Carrera Jeans–Vagabond and Festina cycling teams competed where Sean Kelly, Claudio Chiappucci, Thomas Wegmüller won stages of the event.[9]

In the history of the event, there has been two times when the overall winner was later disqualified for doping. This happened in 1971 when Álvaro Pachón Morales was disqualified, and the win was given to Rafael Antonio Niño, and also in 1991 when Pablo Emilio Wilches Tumbia was disqualified with the win going to Fabio Hernán Rodríguez Hernández.[10] There was a tragic accident in the 1985 edition of the race when Jorge Iván Ramírez fell during a stage and died later.[11]

Although the Clásico RCN now occurs in October, past events have taken place in March, April, May and August. It began as a two-day event, but its duration and distance were increased and, in 2000, it consisted of ten stages.

Past winners[edit]

Rider Team
1961 Colombia Rubén Darío Gómez (COL) Camisas Jarcano
1962 Colombia Rubén Darío Gómez (COL) Camisas Jarcano
1963 Colombia Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Blue Bell- Wrangler
1964 Colombia Gabriel Buitrago (COL) Antioquia-Cuadernos Bolivariana
1965 Colombia Jésus Suarez Cueva (COL) Antioquia Suramericana
1966 Colombia Jésus Suarez Cueva (COL) Antioquia Suramericana
1967 Colombia Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioqua Wrangler-Caribú
1968 Colombia Jairo Grijalba (COL) Valle-Canada Dry
1969 Colombia Alvaro Pachòn Morales (COL) Cundinamarca Relojes Pierce
1970 Colombia Oscar González (COL) Pilsen
1971 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Singer
1972 Colombia Albeiro Mejía (COL) Caribú
1973 Colombia Juan de Dios Morales (COL) Singer
1974 Colombia Norberto Cáceres (COL) Ferreteria Reina
1975 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1976 Colombia José Jiménez Bautista (COL) Banco Cafetero
1977 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1978 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Benotto
1979 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyaca
1980 Colombia Fabio Navarro (COL) Perfumeria Janeth
1981 Colombia Manuel Gutierrez (COL) Bicicletas Ositto
1982 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Freskola
1983 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Isla de Aquitania
1984 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Pilas-Varta
1985 Colombia Francisco Rodriguez (COL) Zor
1986 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia
1987 Colombia Fabio Parra (COL) Café de Colombia
1988 Colombia Álvaro Mejía (COL) Castalia
1989 Colombia Álvaro Mejía (COL) Manzana Postobon
1990 Colombia Gustavo Wilches (COL) Manzana Postobon
1991 Colombia Fabio Rodriguez (COL) Pony Malta-Avianca
1992 Colombia Alberto Camargo (COL) Manzana Postobon
1993 Colombia Luis Alberto González (COL) Glacial
1994 Colombia Julio César Aguirre (COL) Manzana Postobon
1995 Colombia Raúl Montaña (COL) ZG Mobili Glacial
1996 Colombia Israel Ochoa (COL) Glacial
1997 Colombia Raúl Montaña (COL) Caprecone
1998 Colombia Raúl Montaña (COL) Aguardiente Nectar
1999 Colombia Jairo Hernández (COL) Orbitel
2000 Colombia Juan Diego Ramírez (COL) Orbitel
2001 Colombia Juan Diego Ramírez (COL) Orbitel
2002 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Columbia Selle Italia Alc.Cabimas
2003 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Columbia Selle Italia Alc.Cabimas
2004 Colombia Hernán Buenahora (COL) Orbitel
2005 Colombia Libardo Niño (COL) Loteria de Boyaca Coordinadora
2006 Colombia Javier Alberto González (COL) EPM Orbitel
2007 Colombia Libardo Niño (COL) UNE Orbitel
2008 Spain Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Rock Racing
2009 Colombia Mauricio Ortega (COL) UNE-EPM
2010 Colombia Félix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano-Chec Edec
2011 Colombia Rafael Infantino (COL) EPM-UNE
2012 Spain Óscar Sevilla (ESP) Formesan-Pinturas Bler-IDRD-Bogotá Humana
2013 Colombia Camilo Gomez (COL) Coldeportes Claro
2014 Bolivia Óscar Soliz (BOL) Movistar Team América
2015 Colombia Omar Mendoza (COL) Movistar Team América
2016 Spain Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM
2017 Colombia Juan Pablo Suárez (COL) EPM


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  2. ^ "2000 Clásico RCN". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  3. ^ "Clasico RCN". cyclingnews bike zone. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  4. ^ "Colombian 2002 Road Calendar". - daily Archived from the original on June 19, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  5. ^ "05 Orbitel is go". Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  6. ^ a b "Compendio General del Clasico RCN". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  7. ^ Rendell, Matt (2002). Kings of the Mountains. Aurum Press. ISBN 1-85410-837-9.
  8. ^ "Las Glorias de los ochenta engalanaron el recorrido del Clásico RCN". Clásico RCN. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  9. ^ "En los noventa, la television Hega para darle lustro al Clásico". Clásico RCN. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  10. ^ "Palmares del Clásico RCN". Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  11. ^ "Tragedia Ciclista". Retrieved 2007-10-20.

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