Miguel Ángel López (cyclist)

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Miguel Ángel López
Miguel Ángel López en el podio del Tour de Suiza 2016.jpg
López at the 2016 Tour de Suisse
Personal information
Full nameMiguel Ángel López Moreno
NicknameSuperman
Born (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 (age 27)
Pesca, Colombia
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4+12 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb; 9 st 4 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamAstana Qazaqstan Team
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team
2014Lotería de Boyacá
Professional teams
2015–2020Astana[2][3]
2021Movistar Team[4][5]
2022–Astana Qazaqstan Team[6]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2020)
Giro d'Italia
Young rider classification (2018, 2019)
Vuelta a España
Young rider classification (2017)
3 individual stages (2017, 2021)
1 TTT stage (2019)

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (2016)
Volta a Catalunya (2019)
Vuelta a Andalucía (2021)

One-day races and Classics

Milano–Torino (2016)

Miguel Ángel López Moreno (born February 4, 1994) is a Colombian cyclist who currently ride for UCI WorldTeam Astana Qazaqstan Team.[7]

In 2016, López won his first World Tour stage race at the Tour de Suisse[8] and achieved his maiden grand tour stage victory the following season on Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, followed by another victory on Stage 15.[9][10] He was the overall winner of the Tour Colombia and the Volta a Catalunya in 2019. In 2020, he won the "Queen" stage of the Tour de France.

Career[edit]

López was born in Pesca. López celebrated success in 2014, winning multiple stage races while still an amateur. In August he won the Tour de l'Avenir, the most prestigious under 23 cycling race. López also won the U23 version of the Vuelta a Colombia.

Astana (2015–20)[edit]

2015[edit]

Following his success in 2014, López was granted a contract with Astana, a UCI WorldTeam. His success in stage races continued, finishing 4th overall and winning a stage at the Vuelta a Burgos and 7th overall in the Tour de Suisse.

2016[edit]

2016 was López's breakthrough season. He finished 4th in the Tour de San Luis, the first race of his season, winning Stage 6 and taking the young rider classification. One month later, López finished third and won a stage at the Tour de Langkawi, an eight-day race held in Malaysia. The biggest win yet of his career came at the Tour de Suisse, where he won the general classification ahead of Ion Izagirre and Warren Barguil. Following these successes, López was one of five riders selected to represent Colombia in the road race at the Olympics. López started his first grand tour at the Vuelta a España[11] where he was the chosen team leader but he was forced to abandon the race on Stage 6 following a crash on Stage 3.[12]

2017[edit]

López was named on the start list for the Vuelta a España in a strong Astana line-up alongside former race winner Fabio Aru. On Stage 11, he took his first grand tour stage victory, distancing himself from race favourites Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Wilco Kelderman in the last 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) of the first-category climb up to the Calar Alto Observatory.[9] López's fine form in the mountains continued on Stage 14 to Sierra de la Pandera where he once again distanced the race leaders to finish second to Rafał Majka on the first especial category climb of the race.[13] He went on to win the following Stage 15 after a solo escape on the summit finish, yet again distancing the race favorites for his second Vuelta stage victory.[14]

2018[edit]

In May 2018, he was named in the startlist for the Giro d'Italia;[15] he finished in third place overall, behind Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin. He also made the podium in the 2018 Vuelta a España.

2019[edit]

López at the 2019 Giro d'Italia

López won stage 4 and the general classification in the Volta a Catalunya in March.[16]

López competed in the Giro d'Italia, finishing seventh overall and winning the young rider classification for a second time in a row. During stage 20 of the race, López was brought down in an incident with a fan about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the finish. He proceeded to hit the spectator four times, including knocking the hat off his head. While the regulations of the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), call for disqualification of a rider who assaults someone during a race, the race jury decided against applying a punishment to López. He later apologised for the incident, but stated that riders should receive more respect from the crowd.[17] One day later, after the Giro had ended, the UCI announced that they were investigating the lack of a penalty for his behaviour.[18]

2020[edit]

In August 2020, he was named in the startlist for the 2020 Tour de France.[19] López won stage 17, the queen stage, finishing atop the Col de la Loze.[20] Near the end of the stage and the steepest part of the climb, which was about a 24% grade, López and Sepp Kuss caught the final breakaway rider Richard Carapaz. López was eventually on his own headed for the finish and while both GC favorites Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič attempted to chase him down they were unable to do so.

Movistar Team[edit]

After six years with Astana, López signed a one-year contract with the Movistar Team, for the 2021 season.[21] In August, Movistar Team extended his contract to the end of 2023.[22] During the 2021 Vuelta a España he rode strongly early in the race and was right there among the other GC contenders of Roglič, Yates, Bernal and his own teammate Enric Mas. He once again won the Queen Stage of a Grand Tour on stage 18, and was in a strong position to claim a podium position at the end of the race.[23] The next day, during the penultimate stage, he missed a move among the other GC contenders and found himself stuck in a group that had fallen behind. Lopez abandoned the race a few kilometers later. Hours later, Movistar Team and Lopez issued a statement in which Lopez apologized for his abandon.[24] On September 18th, the team announced the rescission of the rider's contract as of October 1st 2021.[25]

Major results[edit]

2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 6
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta de la Juventud de Colombia
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Clásica de Samacá
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Clásica Aguazul
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 1 Clásica Fusagasugá
4th Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
2015
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 2 (TTT) & 4
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
2016
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 4
4th Time trial, National Road Championships
4th Overall Tour de San Luis
1st Jersey blue.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 6
2017
2nd Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 4
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 5
8th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey red number.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 11 & 15
2018
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
2nd Overall Tour of Oman
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
3rd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
3rd Overall Tour of the Alps
1st Stage 2
2019
1st MaillotVolta.png Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey orange lines volta.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 4
1st Jersey orange.svg Overall Tour Colombia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Jersey yellow number.svg Combativity award Stage 1 & Overall
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 1, 5 & 7
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 1–12 & 18–19
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
2020
3rd Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 4
5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
6th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 17
2021
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stage 3
1st Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge
1st Stage 18 Vuelta a España
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 3 7 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 6 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 8 3 5 DNF
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 28
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 16
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya DNF 42 1 NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 20
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie DNF 35
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 5 6
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse 7 1 DNF NH
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Astana - Pro Team". Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Astana Pro Team presented renewed roster for 2019". Astana. Apgrade. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Astana Pro Team". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Movistar Team". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (24 November 2020). "Miguel Ángel López signs for Movistar for 2021 season". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  6. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (15 October 2021). "Astana confirm return of Miguel Angel López". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  7. ^ "ASTANA QAZAQSTAN TEAM". UCI. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Tour de Suisse 2016: Stage 9 Results - Cyclingnews.com". cyclingnews.com. 19 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Stage 11 - Lorca > Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto". La Vuelta 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  10. ^ "La Vuelta: Miguel Angel Lopez wins again as Chris Froome extends lead after Stage 15". Eurosport. 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  11. ^ "71st Vuelta a España". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Simon Yates times it well". Le Tour. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Stage 14 - Écija > Sierra de La Pandera". La Vuelta 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  14. ^ "Lopez secures second mountaintop win at Vuelta a Espana | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  15. ^ "2018: 101st Giro d'Italia: Start List". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Volta a Catalunya 2019". CyclingStage.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  17. ^ Brown, Gregor (1 June 2019). "Miguel Ángel López reacts to spectator crash: 'Riders deserve more respect but I'm sorry'". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  18. ^ Farrand, Stephen (2 June 2019). "UCI jury decision under scrutiny after Lopez's assault on Giro d'Italia fan goes unpunished". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  19. ^ "107th Tour de France: Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Tour de France: Miguel Angel Lopez wins stage 17 atop Col de la Loze". 16 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Miguel Ángel López reinforces 2021 Movistar Team roster | Movistar Team". 24 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Miguel Ángel López signs new two-year contract with Movistar Team | Movistar Team". 12 August 2021.
  23. ^ "Lopez tames the mighty Gamoniteiru - la Vuelta 2022".
  24. ^ @Movistar_Team (4 September 2021). "@SupermanlopezN Words from @SupermanlopezN after stage 20 of #LaVuelta21:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ @Movistar_Team (18 September 2021). (Tweet) https://twitter.com/Movistar_Team/status/1439182419895017480 – via Twitter. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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