Vuelta a Colombia

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Vuelta a Colombia
Race details
English nameTour of Colombia
Local name(s)Vuelta a Colombia (in Spanish)
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionColombian Cycling Federation
TypeStage race
First edition1951 (1951)
Editions68 (as of 2018)
First winner Efraín Forero Triviño (COL)
Most wins Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) (6 wins)
Most recent Jonathan Caicedo (ECU)

The Vuelta a Colombia (Spanish for Tour of Colombia) is an annual cycling road race, run over many stages throughout different regions in Colombia and sometimes Venezuela and Ecuador during the first days of August. It is organized by the Colombian Cycling Federation[1], and was previously included in the UCI America Tour.


The first Vuelta a Colombia was held in 1951. It was a 1,233 kilometers race which was divided in 10 stages which included three rest days.[2] Thirty-five cyclists lined up for the race and of which thirty finished the race.[3] The first champion of the Vuelta was Efraín Forero Triviño who won seven stages of the race.[4] For the second edition, the race was increased in stages to 13 and was around 1,670 km in length. It was held from the 12 to the 27 or 28 January 1952. It appears that 60 cyclists lined up for the race.[5] The 3rd edition of the race was the first edition to have 15 stages that covered 1,750 km.[6]

Over the years, there has been several serious accidents and even deaths during the race. Some of these cyclists, who have had very serious and career-ending accidents, include Conrado "Tito" Gallo, Gilberto Achicanoy, Felipe Liñán and Ernesto Santander.[7] In 2005, there was a tragic accident in the Vuelta in which a local radio journalist, Alberto Martínez Prader, died while transmitting the race. Martinez was traveling in a jeep with José Fernando López and Héctor Urrego when, descending from the La Linea peak towards Calarcá, the vehicle lost control on a curve and fell into a ravine.[8]

It is currently a fifteen-stage race that is regarded as one of the toughest races in cycling. The mountain passes that the peloton encounters are hundreds of metres higher than any of the passes used in the Tour de France.

The 2010 edition was won by Sergio Luis Henao of the Indeportes Antioquia-Idea-FLA-Lotería de Medellín Team ahead of teammate Óscar Sevilla and José Rujano, the previous year's winner.[9]


On 21 November, Róbinson López (Loteria de Boyaca), current U23 Colombian champion, tested positive for the third generation blood booster - CERA.[10] A week later, news broke that Luis Alberto Largo (Sogamoso–Argos–Cooservicios–Idrs), Edward Díaz (EPM), Jonathan Felipe Paredes and Fabio Nelson Montenegro (Ebsa–Indeportes Boyaca), Luis Camargo Flechas (Supergiros) and Oscar Soliz (Movistar Amateur Team) had all tested positive for CERA at the 2017 edition of the race.[11]

Past winners[edit]

Rider Team
1951 Colombia Efraín Forero Triviño (COL) Planta de Soda de Zipaquirá-Cundinamarca
1952 France José Beyaert (FRA) Automoto Valle
1953 Colombia Ramón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia A
1954 Colombia Ramón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia Fuerzas Armadas
1955 Colombia Ramón Hoyos (COL) Coltejer-Antioquia
1956 Colombia Ramón Hoyos (COL) Antioquia A
1957 Spain José Gómez del Moral (ESP) Spain (national team)
1958 Colombia Ramón Hoyos (COL)
1959 Colombia Rubén Darío Gómez (COL)
1960 Colombia Hernán Medina Calderón (COL) Antioquia-Cervunión
1961 Colombia Rubén Darío Gómez (COL) Camisas Jarcano
1962 Colombia Roberto Buitrago (COL)
1963 Colombia Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Blue Bell-Wrangler
1964 Colombia Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia A
1965 Colombia Javier Suárez (COL) Antioquia Suramericana
1966 Colombia Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL)
1967 Colombia Martín Emilio Rodríguez (COL) Antioquia Wrangler-Caribú
1968 Colombia Pedro Julio Sánchez (COL) Telepostal
1969 Colombia Pablo Hernández (COL) Pierce Cundinamarca
1970 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Junta Administradora de Deportes-Cundinamarca
1971 Colombia Álvaro Pachón (COL) Singer
1972 Colombia Miguel Samacá (COL) Singer
1973 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Ferretería Reina
1974 Colombia Miguel Samacá (COL) Licorera de Cundinamarca
1975 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1976 Colombia José Patrocinio Jiménez (COL) Banco Cafetero
1977 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Banco Cafetero
1978 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Benotto
1979 Colombia Alfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Freskola A
1980 Colombia Rafael Antonio Niño (COL) Droguería Yaneth
1981 Colombia Fabio Parra (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1982 Colombia Cristóbal Pérez (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
1983 Colombia Alfonso Flórez Ortiz (COL) Varta-Colombia
1984 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Varta-Colombia
1985 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Varta-Café de Colombia
1986 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia-Varta
1987 Colombia Pablo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1988 Colombia Luis Herrera (COL) Café de Colombia
1989 Colombia Oliverio Rincón (COL) Castalia
1990 Colombia Gustavo Wilches (COL) Postóbon-Manzana-Ryalcao
1991 Colombia Álvaro Sierra (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1992 Colombia Fabio Parra (COL) Amaya Seguros
1993 Colombia Carlos Jaramillo (COL) Aguardiente Antioquena
1994 Colombia Chepe González (COL) Postóbon-Manzana
1995 Colombia Chepe González (COL) Kelme-Pony Malta
1996 Colombia Miguel Ángel Sanabria (COL) Selle Italia-Gaseosas Glacial-Magniflex
1997 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Telecom-Capitel-Kelme
1998 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Avianca-Telecom-Kelme
1999 Colombia Carlos Alberto Contreras (COL) Kelme-Costa Blanca
2000 Colombia Héctor Palacio (COL) 05-Orbitel
2001 Colombia Hernán Buenahora (COL) Selle Italia Baterías MAC
2002 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Colombia Selle Italia Alc.Cabimas
2003 Colombia Libardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá
2004 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Orbitel-05
2005 Colombia Libardo Niño (COL) Lotería de Boyacá-Coordinadora
2006 Colombia José Castelblanco (COL) Gobernación del Zulia-ALC Cabimas
2007 Colombia Santiago Botero (COL) UNE-Orbitel
2008 Colombia Giovanny Báez (COL) EPM-UNE
2009 Venezuela José Rujano (VEN) Gobernación del Zulia
2010 Colombia Sergio Henao (COL) Indeportes Antioquia-Idea-FLA-Lotería de Medellín
2011 Colombia Félix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2012 Colombia Félix Cárdenas (COL) GW Shimano
2013 Spain Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE
2014 Spain Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE–Área Metropolitana
2015 Spain Óscar Sevilla (ESP) EPM–UNE–Área Metropolitana
2016 Colombia Mauricio Ortega (COL) Supergiros-Gane-Redetrans
2017 Colombia Aristóbulo Cala (COL) Bicicletas Strongman
2018 Ecuador Jonathan Caicedo (ECU) Medellín

 Jonathan Caicedo (ECU)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Federacion Colombiana de Ciclismo" (in Spanish). Ciclismode colombia. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  2. ^ "History of the Vuelta a Colombia". Compania Nacional de Chocolates. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  3. ^ "1a Vuelta a Colombia". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  4. ^ "Vuelta a Colombia Histoia 1951". Ciclismo de Colombia. Archived from the original on 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
  5. ^ "2a Vuelta a Colombia". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  6. ^ "3a Vuelta a Colombia 1953". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  7. ^ "Anecdotario de la Vuelta". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  8. ^ "Sports journalist dies in accident in Tour of Colombia". People's Daily online. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  9. ^ "Henao wins Vuelta a Colombia". Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  10. ^ "Colombian U23 champion tests positive for CERA -".
  11. ^ "Eight riders test positive at Vuelta a Colombia -".

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