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Winner Anacona

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Place: Tunja, Boyacá
Birth: 11/08/1988
Country: COL
Height: 179 Cm
Weight: 65 Kg
Pro debut: 2012
Years in team: 3
Career path:

2015-2017: Movistar Team
2012-2014: Lampre
2008: Centri Calzatura (stagiaire)

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Winner Anacona

BIG SUPPORT FOR NAIRO. He’s one of the domestiques Nairo Quintana relies on most loyally, and one he shares many days of training with at the duo’s hometown Tunja, to the point that Nairo calls him “Boyacomán 2”, a nickname which underlines the humour shared by both Boyacá natives. A brilliant climber, Anacona has focused on supporting his team leader ever since he joined the Blues three years ago, most notably in the 2015 Tour de France and the 2017 Giro d’Italia. At both, Winner was a prominent figure at the front of the bunch into the most demanding climbs. Less of a protagonist yet as committed and strong as ever, Anacona was at Quintana’s service in 2018 during the Vuelta a España.

CUT HIS TEETH IN ITALY. He’s been on bikes since very early in his life. Anacona started competing at age 13 and soon shone at his native Colombia before travelling to Europe as under-23, looking for a place in the pro scene. He spent four years in the Italian peloton, where he earned a reputation as a solid climber and most importantly claimed a stage win and a 6th place overall in the amateur Giro d’Italia (GiroBio). His consistency allowed him jumping straight into a WorldTour outfit with local squad Lampre.

STAMINA RIDER. Anacona’s biggest performances have all come at three-week stageraces. As well as the above-mentioned support for Quintana in some of his best appearances, Winner got his best individual success at the 2014 Vuelta a España, where he won stage nine atop the Estación de Valdelinares. Two years earlier, he had made a significant debut in the Spanish grandtour, finishing 19th overall. His list of results includes 4 Vuelta appearances, 2 Giro d’Italia caps and 2 Tours de France over his six years in the WorldTour.

 Winner’s name stems from a mistake at civil registration. Anacona’s father, Rodrigo, was a big fan of Dutch cyclist Peter Winnen, and wanted to give his child that name, but the man in charge of registration erroneously wrote the final ‘N’ as a ‘R’. His second name, Andrew, also comes from a cyclist: American Andrew Hampsten, who curiously made part of Eusebio Unzué’s squad in 1995. There’s also a good hidden meaning behind the name of his son, Líam: “Firm protection, a very capable, tenacious person.” Those attributes are shared with his dad.

 Despite being a pure climber, his early years in cycling included some spells of velodrome experience. He got three gold medals as a track rider at the Colombian Championships for under-19 riders.

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Palmares

4 Victories as professional

1st Vuelta a San Juan 2019
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan 2019
1st (9th stage) Vuelta a España 2014
1st (5th stage) GiroBio / Giro d'Italia amateur 2011
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Results
2019

47 Days of Racing
6324.8 Km covered

1st Vuelta a San Juan
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
5th (3rd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
11th (6th stage) Tour Colombia
13th (2nd stage) Vuelta a San Juan
13th Tour Colombia
14th (3rd stage) Tour de Romandie
15th (2nd stage) Tour de Romandie
15th Settimana Coppi e Bartali
16th (1st stage) Tour de Suisse
17th Klasika Primavera
17th (3rd stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
19th (4th stage) Tour de Romandie
20th Tour de Romandie
24th (5th stage) Tour Colombia
25th (1st stage) Itzulia Basque Country
27th (2nd stage) Tour Colombia
28th (6th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
30th (1st stage) Vuelta a San Juan
32th (1st stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
33th Paris-Nice
33th (6th stage) Tour de Romandie
33th (5th stage) Tour de Romandie
36th (2nd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
36th (4th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
36th (1st stage) Tour de Romandie
37th (7th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
37th (6th stage) Paris-Nice
38th (4th stage) Paris-Nice
39th (3rd stage) Tour Colombia
41th (4th stage) Tour Colombia
42th (5th stage) Tour de Suisse
43th (7th stage) Paris-Nice
44th (2nd stage) Tour de Suisse
44th (6th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
48th (8th stage) Paris-Nice
51th (3rd stage) Tour de Suisse
56th Flèche Wallonne
59th (5th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
60th (4th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
67th (5th stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
68th Liège-Bastogne-Liège
68th (4th stage) Vuelta a San Juan
73th (1st stage) Paris-Nice
76th (4th stage) Tour de Suisse
83th (3rd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
93th (2nd stage) Paris-Nice
103th (5th stage) Paris-Nice
113th (3rd stage) Paris-Nice
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Vuelta a España

An ever-dependable character for the mountain stages, Tunja-born Winner Anacona has meticulously built up his form during the summer in Colombia after a very intense first half to the season. An early, strong debut -San Juan, Oro y Paz- was followed some decent supporting performances for the Blues leaders in Catalunya, País Vasco and the Ardenas. His spring also included some individual chances in the Tour de Romandie, where he fought for a stage win on the final day of racing.

Back to top form in Burgos, Winner will again race alongside Nairo in an event which brings back some very good memories for him. It was in the Vuelta where he notched up his biggest win to date atop Valdelinares in 2004, having previously debuted in a three-week stagerace with a notable 19th spot overall in 2012.

2018 schedule (46 racing days) > Vuelta a San Juan (31st); Colombia Oro y Paz (31st); Milano-Sanremo (84th); Volta a Catalunya (63rd); Itzulia Basque Country (71st); Ardennes (89th + DNF + 125th); Tour de Romandie (35th); Circuito de Getxo (25th); Clásica San Sebastián (77th); Vuelta a Burgos (16th); Cyclassics Hamburg (117th).

Previous Vuelta appearances > 2014: 27th + 1 stage win. 2013: 105th. 2012: 19th.