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Carlos Betancur

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Place: Jardín, Antioquia
Birth: 13/10/1989
Country: COL
Height: 167 Cm
Weight: 60 Kg
Pro debut: 2011
Years in team: 3
Career path:

2016-2018: Movistar Team
2013-2015: AG2R
2011-2012: Acqua e Sapone


Carlos Betancur

PRECOCIOUS TALENT. At the age of just 18, he became vice world champion at the under-23 event held in Mendrisio (2009), behind Frenchman Romain Sicard. A year later (2010), he won the GiroBio, the amateur Giro d’Italia for under-27 riders, after moving to the country to seek for a chance to make his dream of becoming a pro cyclist true. And he succeeded: in 2011, with Italian ProConti squad Acqua e Sapone, he rode the Giro d’Italia, won the Giro dell’Emilia and made the top-ten of Il Lombardia.

RISE AND FALL. In 2013, still aged just 22, he made it to the WorldTour with AG2R La Mondiale, and completed another breakthrough season with impressive results: 5th and best young rider overall in the Giro; 3rd at the Flèche Wallonne; and 4th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Fast forward to the next season and he’s winning Paris-Nice in ferocious style, with splendid uphill sprints against the very best. However, a long period full of different problems, including eating disorders, made his way out of elite cycling with no real hopes to return.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. He came to the Movistar Team in 2016, starting a slow, progressive return to the top echelon of pro cycling. Two years after his last win, he takes a stage in Castilla y León and another one in the Vuelta a Asturias. 2017 marks another huge step forward as he completes his first Tour de France in 18th place. A month and a half later, he crashes out of the Vuelta a España in what seemed as his best opportunity to really leave his mark again. In 2018, he got back to a decent level of performance in the Giro, which he finished within the top 20 after starting the race as top overall contender from the Blues, Carapaz later emerging as the main card with his excellent 4th.

 Out of all nicknames he’s known after –Bam Bam, Bananito–, Carlos chooses La Ronca, the one he received after his hoarse voice (‘La [voz] ronca’).

 He started cycling at 10 while studying and collecting coffee. Born to a modest family and with four other brothers, his parents had to pawn their wedding rings in order to pay his accommodation and travel expenses before turning a pro.

 At his debut in the Giro d’Italia, with only 21 years old, he managed to complete a massive, 242km mountain stage towards Sestriere in 4th place, behind veterans Vasil Kiryienka, José Rujano and Joaquim Rodríguez.



15 Victories as professional

1st Klasika Primavera 2019
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Asturias 2016
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2016
1st Paris-Nice 2014
1st (6th stage) Paris-Nice 2014
1st (5th stage) Paris-Nice 2014
1st Tour du Haut-Var 2014
1st (1st stage) Tour du Haut-Var 2014
1st (5th stage) Giro di Padania 2012
1st Trofeo Melinda 2012
1st (5th stage) Tour of Belgium 2012
1st Giro dell'Emilia 2011
1st GiroBio / Giro d'Italia amateur 2010
1st (5th stage) GiroBio / Giro d'Italia amateur 2010
1st (4th stage) GiroBio / Giro d'Italia amateur 2019


64 Days of Racing
8507.7 Km covered

1st Klasika Primavera
6th (9th stage) Tour de Suisse
8th (1st stage) Tour de Romandie
8th Tour de Suisse
11th (7th stage) Tour de Suisse
11th (1st stage) Vuelta a Burgos
11th Tour de Romandie
13th (4th stage) Tour de Romandie
13th (3rd stage) Tour de Romandie
14th (2nd stage) Tour de Romandie
15th GP Montréal
15th Liège-Bastogne-Liège
15th (5th stage) Tour de Romandie
18th (2nd stage) Tour de Suisse
19th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
19th (5th stage) Tour de Suisse
20th (8th stage) Tour de Suisse
20th (7th stage) Tour of Austria
20th (1st stage) Tour of Austria
22th (4th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
23th Bretagne Classic - Plouay
24th (4th stage) Tour of Austria
25th (6th stage) Tour de Suisse
27th (2nd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
29th Tour of Austria
29th Vuelta a Madrid
30th (3rd stage) Tour de Pologne
31th (4th stage) Vuelta a Burgos
32th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Madrid
32th (3rd stage) Tour de Suisse
33th Flèche Wallonne
34th GP Québec
35th (2nd stage) Tour of Austria
35th (4th stage) Tour de Suisse
36th (1st stage) Tour de Pologne
38th (5th stage) Tour of Austria
38th (3rd stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
41th (1st stage) Tour de Suisse
41th Tour de Pologne
41th (5th stage) Tour de Pologne
42th (6th stage) Tour de Romandie
42th Settimana Coppi e Bartali
43th Vuelta a Burgos
46th (7th stage) Tour de Pologne
47th (3rd stage) Tour of Austria
48th (1st stage) Vuelta a Madrid
48th (6th stage) Tour de Pologne
50th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Madrid
50th (5th stage) Vuelta a Burgos
53th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
54th (1st stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
62th (3rd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
62th (2nd stage) Tour de Pologne
62th (6th stage) Tour of Austria
64th (6th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
69th (4th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
76th GP Miguel Indurain
83th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
83th Strade Bianche
91th Milano-Sanremo
96th (5th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
97th (1st stage) Itzulia Basque Country
107th (5th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
113th (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia