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The Most Famous

CYCLISTS from Colombia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Colombian Cyclists. The pantheon dataset contains 1,214 Cyclists, 26 of which were born in Colombia. This makes Colombia the birth place of the 13th most number of Cyclists behind Switzerland and Russia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Colombian Cyclists of all time. This list of famous Colombian Cyclists is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Colombian Cyclists.

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1. Luis Herrera (1961 - )

With an HPI of 43.28, Luis Herrera is the most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages on wikipedia.

Luis Alberto "Lucho" Herrera Herrera, known as "El jardinerito" ("the little gardener") (born May 4, 1961 in Fusagasugá, Colombia), is a retired Colombian road racing cyclist. Herrera was a professional from 1985 to 1992 but had a successful amateur career before that in Colombia. He entered his first Vuelta a Colombia in 1981 where he finished 16th overall and 3rd in the New Rider competition. Although he abandoned his second Vuelta a Colombia in 1982, he won Colombia's second major stage-race the Clásico RCN. In 1983 Herrera won Clásico RCN again as well as two stages and finishing second overall to Alfonso Florez Ortiz in the 1983 Vuelta a Colombia. In 1984 he would win the Vuelta a Colombia, the Clásico RCN as well as winning stage 17 to Alpe d'Huez in the 1984 Tour de France, becoming the first Colombian to win a stage of the race, and the first amateur cyclist to win a stage in the history of the Tour de France. He would win the Vuelta a Colombia and the Clásico RCN four times each but his greatest achievement was in 1987, when he won the Vuelta a España, the first South American to win a Grand Tour. Herrera also won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in 1988 and 1991 and five "King of the Mountains" jerseys from the three Grand Tours. Luis Herrera is the second rider to win the King of the Mountains jersey in all three Grand Tours. The first was Federico Bahamontes of Spain.

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2. Nairo Quintana (1990 - )

With an HPI of 40.73, Nairo Quintana is the 2nd most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Nairo Alexánder Quintana Rojas, ODB, (born 4 February 1990) is a Colombian racing cyclist, who rides for UCI ProTeam Arkéa–Samsic.Nicknamed "Nairoman" and "El Cóndor de los Andes", Quintana is a specialist climber, known for his ability to launch sustained and repeated attacks on ascents of steep gradient, high power output and great stamina to react and endure others' attacks. He is also a competent time triallist, making him a consistent contender for general classification at stage races. His best career results are winning the 2014 Giro d'Italia and 2016 Vuelta a España, as well as 2nd place overall in the Tour de France of 2013 and 2015. In addition to his two Grand Tour victories he has also placed in the top 10 on twelve occasions, six of which were on the podium. His multiple wins in other major stage races, leading to high UCI WorldTour ranking placements at the end of each season, are other reasons why he is seen as one of the most successful stage-racing riders of the recent era, and the best road cyclist in Colombian history. His brother Dayer Quintana is also a professional cyclist and rode for the Movistar Team with Nairo between 2014 and 2018, and joined him at Arkéa–Samsic in 2020.

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3. Egan Bernal (1997 - )

With an HPI of 39.60, Egan Bernal is the 3rd most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Egan Arley Bernal Gómez (born 13 January 1997) is a Colombian cyclist who rides for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers. In 2019 he won the Tour de France, becoming the first Latin American rider to do so, and the youngest winner since 1909. At the 2021 Giro d'Italia, Bernal took his second Grand Tour win.

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4. Santiago Botero (1972 - )

With an HPI of 38.13, Santiago Botero is the 4th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Santiago Botero Echeverry (born October 27, 1972) 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.

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5. Rigoberto Urán (1987 - )

With an HPI of 35.55, Rigoberto Urán is the 5th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Rigoberto Urán Urán, ODB (born 26 January 1987) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–EasyPost.At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won a silver medal in the road race. He became the first Colombian ever to make the podium of the Giro d'Italia, when he finished second behind Vincenzo Nibali in the 2013 edition of the race, having taken leadership of Team Sky following the abandonment of team captain Bradley Wiggins. He also won a mountain-top stage in that race with a solo breakaway. The previous year, he had won the white jersey for best young rider, and a seventh-place finish overall. In the 2014 Giro d'Italia he finished second again in the general classification, this time behind countryman Nairo Quintana. At the 2017 Tour de France, Urán won the ninth stage and finished second overall, fifty-four seconds down on race winner Chris Froome.

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6. Esteban Chaves (1990 - )

With an HPI of 34.21, Esteban Chaves is the 6th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (born 17 January 1990) is a Colombian professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education–EasyPost. Born in Bogotá, Chaves has competed as a professional since the start of the 2012 season, having signed for the Colombia–Coldeportes team as a neo-pro, after three seasons as an amateur with the Colombia es Pasión–Coldeportes team. Chaves is a two-time grand tour podium finisher, and a monument winner.

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7. Miguel Ángel López (1994 - )

With an HPI of 33.91, Miguel Ángel López is the 7th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Miguel Ángel López Moreno (born February 4, 1994) is a Colombian cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Continental team Team Medellín–EPM.In 2016, López won his first World Tour stage race at the Tour de Suisse and achieved his maiden grand tour stage victory the following season on Stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, followed by another victory on Stage 15. He was the overall winner of the Tour Colombia and the Volta a Catalunya in 2019. In 2020, he won the "Queen" stage of the Tour de France.

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8. Sergio Henao (1987 - )

With an HPI of 32.77, Sergio Henao is the 8th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (born 10 December 1987) is a Colombian former racing cyclist, who competed professionally from 2012 to 2021 for Team Sky, UAE Team Emirates and Team Qhubeka NextHash. He retired after the 2021 season when Team Qhubeka NextHash folded.

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9. Fernando Gaviria (1994 - )

With an HPI of 31.97, Fernando Gaviria is the 9th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Fernando Gaviria Rendón (born 19 August 1994) is a Colombian professional road and track racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Movistar Team. He is well known as a sprinter. Riding for the Colombian national cycling team, Gaviria came to international attention at the 2015 Tour de San Luis, where he beat former world champion Mark Cavendish in two sprint finishes. His first major Grand Tour wins came at the 2017 Giro d'Italia. He is the brother of track cyclist Juliana Gaviria. His nickname is "Quetzal splendente", from the brightful and colourful South American bird Quetzal. Its colours recall his world championship titles, his Colombia and "la maglia Ciclamino" won at Giro d'Italia.

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10. Félix Cárdenas (1973 - )

With an HPI of 31.19, Félix Cárdenas is the 10th most famous Colombian Cyclist.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Félix Rafael Cárdenas Ravalo (born November 24, 1973 in Encino, Santander) is a Colombian former road bicycle racer, who competed both as an amateur and as a professional between 1995 and 2014. He previously rode for UCI Professional Continental team Barloworld until the team's demise in 2009.In the 2001 Tour de France, Cardenas took one of the biggest victory of his career on the mountainous stage 12. He crossed the line solo in Ax-les-Thermes, with Roberto Laiseka and Lance Armstrong rounding the podium. He performed his trademark victory salute, standing on the pedals with arms raised high in the air.

Pantheon has 26 people classified as cyclists born between 1961 and 1997. Of these 26, 26 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living cyclists include Luis Herrera, Nairo Quintana, and Egan Bernal. As of April 2022, 2 new cyclists have been added to Pantheon including María Luisa Calle and Winner Anacona.

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