Henao at the 2016 Colombian National Road Race Championships
|Full name||Sergio Luis Henao Montoya|
10 December 1987 |
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb)|
|Current team||Team Sky|
|2007–2009||Colombia es Pasión|
|2011||Gobernación de Antioquia–Indeportes Antioquia|
|Infobox last updated on
8 August 2015
In 2005 Henao won two stages of the Junior Vuelta del Porvenir, and finished second overall behind Rigoberto Urán. He also finished second in the junior Vuelta a Venezuela. Throughout 2006 he picked up numerous general classification podiums and won the Clasic Norte de Santander. For 2007, he joined the Colombia es Pasión team and started to ride outside of his native South America. He recorded 15th overall in the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid, two stages of the Venezuelan Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes race, and a second overall in the Norte de Sandander followed. Still just 20 years old he then finished third overall at the Vuelta a Antioquia, his home race, and third in the Colombian National Championships time trial for under-23 riders.
In 2008 he won the under-23 version of the Vuelta a Colombia, picking up two stages along the way; two years later he repeated the feat in the main race, winning two stages and the general classification. In 2011, in one of his last races before moving to Europe, he won the opening prologue of the Tour of Utah, and then extended his lead on the first stage when he was involved in a five-man break with riders including Levi Leipheimer.
In 2012 he made his European professional debut, joining compatriot and friend Rigoberto Urán at Team Sky after signing a two-year contract. Henao finished 13th overall in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April, and also rode the Ardennes Classics, recording 21st place in Amstel Gold, 14th place in La Flèche Wallonne and 29th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège
In May, Henao was selected to be part of Team Sky's Giro d'Italia squad. He performed strongly in his first grand tour, with two top ten stages finishes (4th on Stage 15, 9th on Stage 20), he also wore the White Jersey of the best young rider for two days, taking the jersey over from, and relinquishing it to teammate and eventual classification winner Rigoberto Uran. Henao performed strongly in the final time trial moving up two places on the overall classification to finish ninth overall, and second on the Young Rider Classification. Following the Giro, Henao rode the Tour de Pologne, where he finished third overall after finishing second on Stage 6. He represented Colombia in the Olympic Road Race and finished 16th. He then went on to finish second overall in the Vuelta a Burgos. Henao also rode then Vuelta a España in support of Chris Froome, and finished 14th overall. He then participated in the UCI Road World Race Championships, finishing ninth in the Road Race. Henao rounded off an impressive season with fifth place in the 2012 Giro di Lombardia.
Henao's 2013 season began at the Mallorca Challenge races, where he placed second in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana and ninth in the Trofeo Platja de Muro. He then rode the Volta ao Algarve, and won stage 3 to finally take his first victory in Sky colours. Henao also won the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country. The victory put Henao into the lead of both the general classification and points classification. Henao could not, however, hold his lead through the final time trial stage, but managed to confirm his place on the podium in third place overall, behind fellow Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana of the Movistar Team, and teammate Richie Porte.
In March 2014 Team Sky announced that they would remove Henao from the team's race schedule for eight weeks after they raised questions about the results of out-of-competition tests Henao undertook after he returned to Rionegro in October 2013 for the winter. Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford noted that the team's ability to interpret Henao's results was hampered by a lack of research into the physiology of "altitude natives" who grew up in high-altitude environments and that the team would commission independent research to shed light on the situation. Subsequently, in June 2014 the team announced that the research programme, conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield with the cooperation of Colombian anti-doping agency, had been completed, the findings had been sent to WADA, the UCI and the Colombian Anti-Doping Federation, and that Henao would return to competition at the 2014 Tour de Suisse. However, whilst on a recon ride of the time trial course with teammates Henao was hit by a car, suffering a fractured knee cap and ruling him out for the rest of the 2014 season.
Henao made his comeback at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, where he helped teammate Ben Swift finish second overall. He then rode the Tour of the Basque Country where he finished second on Stage 3 to take the race lead. He held the lead until the final time trial on Stage 6, where his fourth place was not enough to deny Joaquim Rodríguez overall victory (by 13 seconds over Henao).
Henao started his 2016 season at the Tour Down Under, where he finished third overall and won the mountains classification, going on to finish as runner up in the National Road Race Championships. His first European race of the year was Paris–Nice in March, where he finished sixth in the general classification and played a crucial role in successfully defending teammate Geraint Thomas' lead on the final stage by closing down several attacks by Alberto Contador. He continued his good form into April, where he was runner up at the GP Miguel Indurain and at the Tour of the Basque Country, where he also topped the points classification.
On 20 April, it was announced that Henao had been withdrawn from racing after the UCI opened a biological passport investigation against him, relating to the same readings as had caused his withdrawal in 2014. Henao himself said that he was "calm and confident that this [would] be resolved soon", while Dave Brailsford stated that "We believe in Sergio." He noted that the UCI's investigation so far had been anonymous and hoped that the UCI investigation would reach the same conclusions as the team had from the 2014 research. He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France. Henao was one of Chris Froome's key mountain domestiques as he won the race for the third time.
Henao represented Colombia in the Olympic Road Race. Henao formed part of a six-man attack on the first of three Vista Chinesa Circuit loops, and on the final climb broke clear with Vincenzo Nibali and Rafał Majka. However, Henao and Nibali crashed out of the race on the final descent, suffering a broken collarbone.
- 1st Overall Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes
- 1st Stages 4 & 6
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a Antioquia
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Overall Grand Prix du Portugal
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Overall Cinturón Ciclista a Mallorca
- 1st Stage 4
- 2nd Overall Tour de Beauce
- 3rd Overall Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
- 1st Stage 3
- 1st Overall Vuelta a Colombia
- 2nd Overall Clásico RCN
- 1st Stage 7
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Antioguia
- 1st Prologue (TTT) & Stage 3
- 5th Overall Vuelta a Guatemala
- 1st Stage 2 Clásico RCN
- 2nd Overall Tour of Utah
- 1st Prologue & Stage 5
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Antioquia
- 1st Stage 2
- 4th Overall Vuelta a Colombia
- 1st Stage 2a (TTT)
- 2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
- 3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
- 3rd Trofeo Deia
- 5th Giro di Lombardia
- 9th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 9th UCI World Road Race Championships
- 1st Stage 3 Volta ao Algarve
- 1st Stage 2 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
- 2nd La Flèche Wallonne
- 2nd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
- 3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Stage 3
- 5th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 6th Amstel Gold Race
- 9th Trofeo Platja de Muro
- 7th Overall Tour of Oman
- 10th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
- 2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 3rd Overall Tour of California
- 7th La Flèche Wallonne
- 7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 8th Overall Tour de Pologne
- 1st Stage 6
- 9th Giro di Lombardia
- 2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Points classification
- 2nd National Road Race Championships
- 2nd GP Miguel Indurain
- 3rd Overall Tour Down Under
- 1st Mountains classification
- 6th Overall Paris–Nice
Grand Tour General Classification results timeline
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