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Carlos Betancur
Betancur at the 2011 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Betancur Gómez
Nickname La Ronca, Bananito
Born (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 34)
Ciudad Bolívar, Colombia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
Young rider classification (2013)

Stage races

Paris–Nice (2014)

Single-day races and Classics

Giro dell'Emilia (2011)

Carlos Alberto Betancur Gómez (born 13 October 1989) is a Colombian road racing cyclist, who most recently rode for Colombian amateur team Colombia Tierra de Atletas–GW Bicicletas.


In 2010 he won the Girobio stage race; the amateur version of the Giro d'Italia; and in 2011 he won his first professional race at the Giro dell'Emilia.

Betancur had been scheduled to join the Liquigas–Cannondale team in 2012, but remained with Acqua & Sapone. Betancur left Acqua & Sapone at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Ag2r–La Mondiale on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.

Ag2r–La Mondiale (2013–15)

He started his 2013 season with a seventh-place finish at the Tour of the Basque Country, including a second place on stage 3. He went on to light up the Ardennes Classics, coming 3rd at La Flèche Wallonne after an early attack with just over 500 metres (1,600 feet) to go and scoring a 4th place in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, where it was his attack which created the final select group of six who contested the finish.

After a 12th-place finish at the Tour de Romandie, Betancur went in to the Giro d'Italia as an outsider for a top 10 GC position. Initially things went poorly, as he lost time on the descent of stage 3 and on the long time trial of stage 8, by the end of which he was down in 28th position, 6:08 down on the leader and eventual winner Nibali. However, following second places on stages 9, 10, and 15, and some brilliant performances in the other mountain stages, he worked himself up to 7th place and just two seconds off the white jersey for the best young rider (which he had actually gained on stage 15, but lost in the stage 18 time trial) by the penultimate stage. On the final mountain stage, although he punctured at the bottom of the final climb, he managed to catch up and overtake most of his GC rivals, finishing 4th on the day. He ended the Giro as best young rider and 5th in the general Classification.

In December 2013, Betancur confirmed he would be focusing on the Tour de France for 2014. However, he failed to fly from his training base in Colombia to France on 3 June, blaming a viral infection, and changed his target to the Vuelta a España.

In August 2015 AG2R La Mondiale announced that they had come to an agreement with Betancur to release him from his contract with the team, which was due to run until the end of 2016.

Movistar Team (2016–20)

In October 2015, the Movistar Team announced that they had agreed an initial two-year deal with Betancur from 2016. Betancur won his first race for the team – the first stage of the 2016 Vuelta a Castilla y León – ending a 760-day wait for a victory. The last race he had won was the 2014 Paris–Nice.

In June 2017, he was named in the startlist for the 2017 Tour de France.

Colombia Tierra de Atletas–GW Bicicletas

For the 2021 season, Betancur joined the Colombia Tierra de Atletas–GW Bicicletas team. In April, he announced that he was taking a break from cycling.

Major results

1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta de la Juventud de Colombia
1st Stage 4
2nd Silver medal uci.svg Road race, UCI Road World Under-23 Championships
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Girobio
1st Stages 4 & 5
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a Colombia
1st Giro dell'Emilia
5th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
9th Giro di Lombardia
1st Trofeo Melinda
1st Stage 5 Tour of Belgium
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification, Circuit de Lorraine
2nd Giro di Toscana
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
4th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
5th Milano–Torino
5th Gran Piemonte
7th Circuito de Getxo
8th Overall Monviso-Venezia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 5
8th Trofeo Matteotti
9th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Nice
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 5 & 6
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Asturias
9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 1
4th Klasika Primavera
5th GP Miguel Induráin
1st Klasika Primavera
8th Overall Tour de Suisse

General classification results timeline

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 58 5 20 DNF 15
A yellow jersey Tour de France 18
A red jersey Vuelta a España 126 158 DNF
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 1
MaillotAzul.PNG Tirreno–Adriatico 44 116
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 46 DNS DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 7 DNF 98 27 DNF
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 13 DNF 43 DNF 11
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné Has not contested during his career
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse 17 8

See also

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