Santiago Botero

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Botero and the second or maternal family name is Echeverry.
Santiago Botero
Botero TDF 2005.jpg
Botero at the 2005 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Santiago Botero Echeverry
Nickname The Bufallo from Medellín
Born (1972-10-27) October 27, 1972 (age 43)
Medellín, Colombia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
1998-2002 Kelme-Costa Blanca
2003-2004 Team Telekom
2005-2006 Phonak Hearing Systems
2007 Une-Orbitel
2008 Rock Racing
Major wins
Tour de France, 3 stages
Vuelta a España, 3 stages
World Time-Trial Champion (2002)
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré (2005)
3 stages
Tour de Romandie (2005)
1 stage
Vuelta a Colombia (2007)
National Road Race Champion (2007)
National Time Trial Champion (2009)
South American Games Road Race Champion (2010)
South American Games Time-Trial Champion (2010)
Infobox last updated on
July 30, 2008

Santiago Botero Echeverry (born October 27, 1972 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian former professional road bicycle racer. He was a pro from 1996 to 2010, during which time he raced in three editions of the Tour de France and four editions of the Vuelta a España (the Tour of Spain). He was best known for winning the mountains classification in the Tour de France, and the World Championship Time Trial.[1]

He was, for the greater part of his career, a member of the Kelme team, but in 2003 joined T-Mobile Team (then named Team Telekom). His performances as part of the Kelme dissipated in Team Telekom, with the team management blaming his lack of discipline in training, but he claimed health problems. In October 2004 he joined Phonak, together with Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero from Saunier Duval, and Víctor Hugo Peña and Floyd Landis from Discovery Channel-Berry Floor. He currently lives in both Colombia and Madrid, Spain with his wife. Botero joined the American domestic team, Rock Racing, for the 2008 season. Botero finished his professional career riding for the Colombian team Indeportes Antioquia-IDEA-FLA-Lotería de Medellín.[2] He is currently the manager of UCI Continental team Gobernación de Antioquia-Indeportes Antioquia.[3]


He was the World Champion in the individual time trial in 2002. His career highlights include a stage win in the Vuelta a Andalucía in 1999, a stage win in the Paris–Nice in 1999, a stage win in the 2000 Tour de France, a polka dot jersey as "King of the Mountains" in the 2000 Tour de France, two stage wins in the Vuelta 2001, third place in the World Championships in the individual time trial in 2001, and two stage wins and fourth place overall in the 2002 Tour de France. Other victories include a stage win in the Clasica Bogota in 1997, a prologue win in the Vuelta a Chile in 1997, a stage win in GP Mitsubishi in 1998. After joining T-Mobile his accomplishments in the Tour diminished sharply.

On May 1, 2005 he won the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, 33 seconds ahead of rising Italian star and favorite for the Giro d'Italia Damiano Cunego. Romandie is often used as a preparation race for the Giro d'Italia. Botero carried that form into the 2005 edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré when he won the individual time trial ahead of Americans Levi Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong[4] as well as winning the mountainous sixth stage which brought him into second overall in the general classification.[5]


1998 - Kelme-Costa Blanca
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
1999 - Kelme-Costa Blanca
2nd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
Stage 4
2000 - Kelme-Costa Blanca
7th Overall Tour de France
Stage 14
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains Classifcation
2001 - Kelme-Costa Blanca
4th Overall UCI Men's TT
8th Overall Tour de France
18th Overall Vuelta a España
Stage 7 (ITT), 21 (ITT)
2002 - Kelme-Costa Blanca
4th Overall Tour de France
Stage 9 (ITT), 15
Stage 16 Vuelta a España
Stage 3 Criterium du Dauphine Libere
2003 - Team Telekom
2004 - T-Mobile Team
7th Overall 2004 Olympic ITT
2005 - Phonak
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
Stage 5 (ITT)
2nd Overall Criterium du Dauphine Libere
Stage 3 (ITT), 6
2006 - Phonak
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
2007 - UNE-Orbitel
1st MaillotColombia.PNG Overall National Road Race Champion
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Colombia
Stage 1 (ITT), 6, 14 (ITT)
2009 - Indeportes Antioquia — Idea-Fla
1st MaillotColombia.PNG Overall National Time Trial Champion
Stage 7 (ITT) Vuelta a Colombia

Doping allegations[edit]

In 2006, Team Phonak dropped him on June 2 after he was named in media reports in the massive Operación Puerto[6] doping probe in Spain, this just weeks before the start of the 2006 Tour de France. On October 2, 2006, Botero was cleared by the disciplinary committee of the Federación Colombiana de Ciclismo (Colombian Cycling Federation).[7] On February 28, 2007, Botero was presented with his new team UNE Orbitel in Bogota, Colombia. He outlined that his ambitions for the year would be to win the Vuelta a Colombia, to be the Colombian national champion and a podium place in the UCI World championships individual time trial event.[8] In August, Botero won the Vuelta a Colombia for the first time in his career. He dominated the event by winning the prologue and two stages along the way as well as wearing the leaders jersey for most of the race.[9]


  1. ^ "Cyclist Santiago Botero announces retirement". Colombia reports. 7 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "El "Orgullo paisa" con las pilas puestas". Indeportes Antioquia. 2009-06-10. 
  3. ^ Botero the brains behind Gobernacion de Antioquia in Utah
  4. ^ "Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage 3 results, report and photos". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré results,report and photos". cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  6. ^ Fotheringham, William (2006-07-16). "Plucky Pereiro reigns for Spain in shock result". The Observer. Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2006-07-16. 
  7. ^ Hood, Andrew (2006-10-02). "Monday's EuroFile: Botero cleared; Basso wants same; Valverde tops". VeloNews. Inside Communications. Archived from the original on 2006-11-18. Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Cyclingnews feb 28 2007". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Cyclingnews August 13th". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-13.