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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

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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.

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Palmares

14 Victories as professional

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
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Results
2019

3 Days of Racing
188.8 Km covered

113th (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia
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