Rafael Antonio Niño

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Rafael Antonio Niño
Personal information
Full name Rafael Antonio Niño Munévar
Nickname El Niño de Cucaita
Born (1949-12-11) December 11, 1949 (age 67)
Cucaita, Colombia
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Major wins
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.[1] He earned the nickname El Niño de Cucaita.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Rendell, Matt (2002). Kings of the Mountains. Aurum Press. ISBN 1-85410-837-9. 
  2. ^ "Vuelta a Colombia". decolombia.net. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Rafael Antonio Niño, nuevo técnico de Lotería de Boyacá". Boyaca government. Retrieved 2007-08-09.