Víctor Hugo Peña

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Peña and the second or maternal family name is Grisales.
Víctor Hugo Peña
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Personal information
Full name Víctor Hugo Peña Grisales
Nickname El Tiburon (the shark)
Born (1974-07-10) July 10, 1974 (age 41)
Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Timetrialist, stageracer
Amateur team(s)
1998 Avianca-Telecom-Kelme
Professional team(s)
1999–2000 Vitalicio Seguros
2001–2004 US Postal
2005–2006 Phonak
2007 Unibet.com
2008–2009 Rock Racing
2010–2011 Café de Colombia-Colombia es Pasión
2012 Colombia-Coldeportes
Major wins
1 stage Giro d'Italia
1 stage Vuelta a España
Infobox last updated on
27 January 2014

Víctor Hugo Peña Grisales (born July 10, 1974 in Bogotá) is a Colombian professional retired road racing cyclist. He last rode for the Colombia professional cycling team.[1] In 2003, Peña became the first Colombian to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. He held the yellow jersey for three days following the 4th, 5th and 6th stages of that year's tour.

Peña's 2003 Tour de France, where he served as domestique for Lance Armstrong, is described in detail in Matt Rendell's book A Significant Other. The book also describes the rider's amateur and early professional career.

He is named after both his father Hugo and the author Victor Hugo. He earned his nickname "El Tiburon" ("the shark") due to his looks and the other sport he excelled at besides cycling – swimming. Peña finished 7th in the 100 meter freestyle Pan American swimming championships for juniors in 1991.

At the end of the season in 2012, Peña retired.[2]

Results and Teams[edit]

1997 – Telecom-Flavia
1998 – Avianca
Mountains Competition – Midre Libre
Mountains Competition – Vuelta a Castilla y Leon
Points Competition – Vuelta a Colombia
Prologue – Vuelta a Colombia
Stage 6 – Vuelta a Colombia
2000 – Vitalicio Seguros
Stage 11 – Giro d'Italia
15th, Overall – Giro d'Italia
2001 – US Postal
2002 – US Postal
Overall – Vuelta a Murcia
Stage 4 (ITT) – Ronde van Nederland
2003 – US Postal
Yellow jersey (after Stage 4 TTT) – Tour de France (held jersey for 3 days)
Stage 4 – Vuelta a Murcia
2004 – US Postal
1st Stage 1 TTT - Vuelta a Espana
2nd, Overall – Volta ao Algarve
2005 – Phonak
10th – World Cycling ChampionshipsIndividual Time Trial
2006 – Phonak
9th, Overall – Giro d'Italia
2007 – Unibet.com
1st, Sprint classification, Volta a Catalunya
2008 – Rock Racing
1st stage 7 Vuelta a Colombia
2009 – Rock Racing
1st stage 12 Vuelta a Colombia


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