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Fernando Gaviria
Gaviria at the 2018 Münsterland Giro
Personal information
Full name Fernando Gaviria Rendón
Born (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 28)
La Ceja, Antioquia, Colombia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb; 11 st 3 lb)
Team information
Current team UAE Team Emirates
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2018)
Giro d'Italia
Points classification (2017)
5 individual stages (2017, 2019)

One-day races and Classics

Grand Prix Impanis-Van Petegem (2016)
Paris–Tours (2016)

Fernando Gaviria Rendón (born 19 August 1994) is a Colombian professional road and track racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. He is well known as a sprinter. Riding for the Colombian national cycling team, Gaviria came to international attention at the 2015 Tour de San Luis, where he beat former world champion Mark Cavendish in two sprint finishes. His first major Grand Tour wins came at the 2017 Giro d'Italia. He is the brother of track cyclist Juliana Gaviria. His nickname is "Quetzal splendente", from the brightful and colourful South American bird Quetzal. Its colours recall his world championship titles, his Colombia and "la maglia Ciclamino" won at Giro d'Italia.


Early career

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Gaviria taking a sprint victory at the 2015 Tour de San Luis

Before his road career, Gaviria won the omnium and madison events at the 2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships. In 2014, he won the under-23 Pan-American road race. He also competed in the 2014 Tour de l'Avenir. Although he did not win a stage, he won the bunch sprint behind the breakaway on the first stage and ended the race second in the points competition. Later that year he won the omnium in the London round of the 2014–15 UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

Gaviria's first major road cycling winning streak started in January 2015 at the Tour de San Luis, one of the major early-season cycling races. He won a surprise victory in the first stage of the race, opening his sprint early and beating 2011 world champion Mark Cavendish of the {{{team name-2015}}} team into second place. Cavendish said after the race that he had not heard of Gaviria before the race. Gaviria then won the third stage of the race, again beating Cavendish into second place. Cavendish won the final stage of the event, with Gaviria finishing a close second.

Following these high-profile victories, there were reports that several UCI World Tour teams were seeking to sign Gaviria, including {{{team name-2015}}}, though he committed his 2015 season to riding with the Colombian national team. Later reports suggested that his most likely 2016 team was Cavendish's own {{{team name-2015}}} team. It was also revealed that Gaviria had been recommended in 2014 to Patrick Lefevere, the manager of {{{team name-2015}}}, but the team declined to sign him. Following Gaviria's success at the Tour de San Luis, Lefevere called this a "mistake". In February 2015, Lefevere announced that Gaviria would be undergoing tests with {{{team name-2015}}} after the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, a further move towards a contract for 2016. Lefevere also said that such a contract would not prevent Gaviria competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Following these tests, Gaviria signed a contract for 2016 with {{{team name-2015}}}, along with fellow Colombian Rodrigo Contreras. Gaviria's plans to ride in the 2016 Olympic Games were affirmed by Lefevere; he also suggested that Gaviria might ride as a stagiaire for the team during 2015.

In February 2015, Gaviria competed for Colombia in the track World Championships in the omnium competition. Although he won none of the six events, he was consistent throughout. In the concluding points race, he was able to gain an early lap on the field, giving him a large advantage; he was then able to mark his closest rival, Elia Viviani, and secured a comfortable overall victory to win the rainbow jersey.

Etixx–Quick-Step (2015–2018)

Gaviria made his debut for {{{team name-2015}}} as a stagiaire in August 2015 at the RideLondon–Surrey Classic. He finished in eighth position, the highest-placed {{{team name-2015}}} rider. His next race for the team was in the Czech Cycling Tour, where {{{team name-2015}}} won the first stage, a team time trial. The following day Gaviria won his first individual stage victory for the team, winning a reduced bunch sprint. After this race, it was the Tour of Britain, where Gaviria managed to take one stage win ahead of several world class sprinters including André Greipel and Elia Viviani.

2016 began almost as strongly as the previous season. He won the Team Time Trial with {{{team name-2016}}} and also took another stage at the Tour de San Luis. He crashed out later in the race preventing another victory. In February he won a stage and the points classification at the new race Tour La Provence. In early March he became the first rider to win two gold medals in the Omnium at the Track Cycling World Championships by defending his title from the previous year. He won stage 3 of Tirreno–Adriatico, his first victory at World Tour level.

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Gaviria after winning Stage 4 of the 2017 Tour of Britain

In 2017, he was named in the start list for the Giro d'Italia and won Stage 3 from Tortolì to Cagliari in a sprint finish, taking the lead in the general classification in the process. He achieved further success by winning Stages 5, 12 and 13 in bunch sprints, making him the first Colombian to win four stages in a single Giro d'Italia. In July 2018, he was named in the start list for the Tour de France. Gaviria won stage 1 of the Tour de France, starting Day 2 in the Yellow Jersey. Gaviria and other major sprinters such as André Greipel and Dylan Groenewegen were unable to finish stage 11 which was the third major hilly alps stage within the time limit and were eliminated. Gaviria suffered a broken collarbone at the Tour of Turkey and was forced to abandon, ending his 2018 campaign.

UAE Team Emirates (2019–present)

Shortly after his injury at the Tour of Turkey, it was announced that Gaviria was joining the UAE Team Emirates team on a three-year contract from the 2019 season. In August 2019, he was named in the startlist for the Vuelta a España.

Major results


UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Omnium
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Madison (with Jordan Parra)
Pan American Track Championships
1st PanAmericanJersey.png Omnium
2nd Silver medal america.svg Team pursuit
Bolivarian Games
1st Gold medal bolivarianos.svg Omnium
1st Gold medal bolivarianos.svg Madison (with Juan Arango)
National Track Championships
2nd Omnium
1st Gold medal centralamerica.svg Omnium, Central American and Caribbean Games
1st Gold medal southamerica.svg Omnium, South American Games
1st Gold medal uci.svg Omnium – London, UCI Track World Cup
Pan American Games
1st Gold medal america.svg Omnium
1st Gold medal america.svg Team pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Omnium, UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Omnium, UCI Track World Championships
Torneo Internacional de Pista de Cali
1st Madison (with Juan Arango)
2nd Omnium


1st MaillotColombia.PNG Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st Gold medal bolivarianos.svg Road race, Bolivarian Games
1st PanAmericanJersey.png Road race, Pan American Under-23 Road Championships
Central American and Caribbean Games
2nd Silver medal centralamerica.svg Time trial
4th Road race
Tour de San Luis
1st Stages 1 & 3
Czech Cycling Tour
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 2
1st Stage 4 Tour of Britain
Pan American Games
8th Time trial
9th Road race
8th RideLondon–Surrey Classic
1st Paris–Tours
1st Grand Prix Impanis-Van Petegem
Tour La Provence
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
Tour de Pologne
1st Stages 2 & 4
Tour de San Luis
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 2
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Gran Piemonte
2nd Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
6th Gent–Wevelgem
7th Halle–Ingooigem
10th Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3, 5, 12 & 13
Held Jersey pink.svg & Jersey white.svg after Stage 3
Tour of Guangxi
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 3 & 6
Vuelta a San Juan
1st Stages 1 & 4
1st Stage 6 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 4 Tour of Britain
4th Primus Classic
5th Milan–San Remo
8th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
9th Gent–Wevelgem
Tour de France
1st Stages 1 & 4
Held Jersey yellow.svg & Jersey green.svg after Stage 1
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 1–2
Tour of California
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 5 & 7
Colombia Oro y Paz
1st Jersey dark blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a San Juan
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3
Held Jersey violet.svg after Stage 3
Tour of Guangxi
1st Stages 1 & 5
Vuelta a San Juan
1st Stages 1 & 4
1st Stage 2 UAE Tour
2nd Three Days of Bruges–De Panne
4th Münsterland Giro
1st Giro della Toscana
Vuelta a San Juan
1st Stages 2, 4 & 7
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 2 Tour du Limousin
7th Milano–Torino
1st Stage 3 Tour de Pologne
3rd Grand Prix de Fourmies
10th Brussels Cycling Classic
Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 6
2nd Eschborn–Frankfurt
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