Rafael Antonio Niño
|Full name||Rafael Antonio Niño Munévar|
|Nickname||El Niño de Cucaita|
December 11, 1949 |
|Rider type||Climbing specialist|
|Vuelta a Colombia (6 times)
Clásico RCN (5 times)
Rafael Antonio Niño Munévar (born December 11, 1949 in Cucaita, Boyaca, Colombia) is a retired Colombian road racing cyclist. He won the Vuelta a Colombia in 1970. After that he became a professional cyclist from 1973 to 1974. He participated in the Giro d'Italia. After one year as a professional he returned to Colombia and set up the Banco Cafetero team of which he was the undisputed leader. With this strong team he dominated the Vuelta a Colombia and the Clásico RCN during the 1970s. He earned the nickname El Niño de Cucaita. He won a record six editions of the Vuelta a Colombia. After he retired he became a technical director of the Colombia professional cycling team that disputed the Tour de France during the 1980s, Café de Colombia.
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