- Place: San José
- Birth: 29/08/1986
- Country: CRC
- Height: 180 Cm
- Weight: 69 Kg
- Pro debut: 2006
- Years in team: 10
- Career path:
2009-2018: Caisse / Movistar Team
2009-2018: Caisse / Movistar Team
PIONEER. For most people he remains as the most appreciated sportsperson in Costa Rica and one of Central America’s biggest talents. He’s got a legion of supporters behind, who follow him on the road across Europe even at the most unknown event. A man with Russian and Spanish roots (coming from his mother and his grandfather, respectively), he started in cycling at age 13 and soon showed his quality on both road and cross-country mountain bike races. In 2008, with 21 years old, he moved to Spain seeking to fulfil his dream of becoming a pro cyclist, joining the Lizarte development team from Navarra. He only needed one season to achieve a spot in the WorldTour after becoming one of the best riders in Spanish amateur cycling for the past few decades. Amongst all of his victories with Lizarte, one shone brightest: the prologue of the Tour de l’Avenir.
LOVE PINK. Eusebio Unzué granted him a place inside the 2009 roster of Caisse d’Épargne, starting a nine-year career which has brought both many moments of success: a stage in the 2012 Giro d’Italia atop Cervinia and 24 hours in Maglia Rosa after stage 13 of the 2016 race are the most remarkable highlights. Amador has also been a key helper at victorious races for the Blues, including Nairo Quinitana’s 2014 Giro win. At the Italian race, Andrey has finished 8th just two years ago and even 4th in 2015, the latter seeing the Costa Rican sitting provisionally on the podium for some stage. Six years after his Giro success, the ‘tico’ got back to winning ways at the 2018 Klasika Primavera, in a Blue one-two alongside Alejandro Valverde. A noble gesture by ‘Bala’, who rewarded Andrey for his efforts as a domestique – something at which he’s excelled again in 2018.
GRAND TOUR MILESTONES. He was the first man from Costa Rica to take the start in the Tour de France, the maiden rider from Central America to win a GT stage and the first one to don the leader’s jersey at a three-week event. He also became the first cyclist of Caribbean countries to ride all three Grand Tours. He’s got already 13 of them under his belt (6 Giros, 4 Tours, 3 Vueltas).
For Amador, success in life is well ahead of sporting exploits – even more so after 3rd February 2018, “the happiest day” in his life as his daughter Gretta was born. “There’s no victory which can compare to having this little girl by my side. Thanks to life for this present,” said a delighted Andrey that day.
In december 2010, while training for the next season in his home Costa Rica, he was attacked by thugs who robbed him the bike he was riding and left him unconscious on the ground for six hours. He suffered temporary paralysis to one of his kidneys and another injury to his lungs.
30 kilometers into his first Tour de France, Amador sustained a crash which led to a sprained ankle, an injury which seemingly had no chance to recover but to abandon. However, his amazing resistance to pain allowed Andrey reaching Paris twenty days later. In the words of Jesús Hoyos, a team doctor for more than twenty years, “it was one of the most extreme performances I’ve witnessed during my whole career.”
Andrey will be doubling down on Grand Tour efforts in 2018 after a magnificent Tour de France, where his work as a luxury domestique was worth many men’s efforts, and was especially visible at tough stages like the Tourmalet’s, where he decisively contributed to an action which at times seemed like could turn the race upside down in Movistar Team’s favour.
The Costa Rican, who raised his arms victorious in 2018 at Amorebieta after a six-year lapse, was almost entirely away from racing between the Tour and the Vuelta -only competing at the Clásica San Sebastián, six days after the Champs-Élysees-, and comes full of motivation to the race’s départ in Málaga, ready to take on another share of invaluable work as one of the best team playes in the WorldTour.
2018 schedule (62 racing days) > Challenge Mallorca (70th + 41st); Vuelta a Murcia (12th); Clásica de Almería (24th); Vuelta a Andalucía (9th); Strade Bianche (18th); GP Larciano (36th); Tirreno-Adriatico (39th); E3 Harelbeke (85th); Gent-Wevelgem (83rd); GP Miguel Indurain (13th); Klasika Primavera (1st); Ardennes (DNF + DNF + 107th); Tour de Romandie (40th); Tour de Suisse (39th); Tour de France (50th); Clásica San Sebastián (41st).
Previous Vuelta appearances > 2015: 40th. 2014: 30th.