Carlos Betancur

Not to be confused with Carlos Betancourt.
Carlos Betancur

Betancur at the 2011 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Betancur Gómez
Nickname Bananito, La Ronca
Born (1989-10-13) October 13, 1989
Ciudad Bolívar, Colombia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 60 kg (130 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
2011–2012 Acqua & Sapone
2013–2015 Ag2r–La Mondiale
2016– Movistar Team
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)
Infobox last updated on
26 July 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Betancur and the second or maternal family name is Gómez.

Carlos Alberto Betancur Gómez (born 13 October 1989) is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist riding for Movistar Team.[2][3]


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,[4] but remained with Acqua & Sapone.[5] 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.[2]

He started his 2013 with a seventh-place finish at the Tour of the Basque Country, including a second place on stage 3.[6] He went on to light up the Ardennes Classics, coming 3rd at the Fleche Wallone after an early attack with just over 500m to go[7] and scoring a 4th place in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, where it was his attack which created the final select group of six who contested the finish.[8]

After a 12th-place finish at the Tour de Romandie, Betancur went in to the Giro 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.[9] However, following second places on stages 9,[10] 10,[11] and 15,[12] 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.[13]

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 June 3, blaming a viral infection, and changed his target to the Vuelta a España.[14]

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.[3] Subsequently, in October the Movistar Team announced that they had agreed a two-year deal with Betancur from 2016.[15] 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.[16]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Overall Vuelta a Colombia Sub-23
1st Stage 4
2nd World Under 23 Road Race Championships
1st Overall Girobio
1st Stages 4 & 5
1st Stage 1 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 Mountains classification Circuit de Lorraine
2nd Giro di Toscana
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Young rider classification
4th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
5th Milano–Torino
5th Giro del Piemonte
7th Circuito de Getxo
8th Overall Giro di Padania
1st 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 Young rider classification
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Overall Paris–Nice
1st Young rider classification
1st Stages 5 & 6
1st Overall Tour du Haut Var
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Asturias
9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 1

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 58 - 5 - 20 WD
Yellow jersey Tour - - - - - -
red jersey Vuelta - - 126 158 - -

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

Other major stage races

Race 2013 2014 2015
Paris–Nice   1  
Tirreno–Adriatico     116
Volta a Catalunya 46 DNS DNF
Tour of the Basque Country 7 DNF 98
Tour de Romandie 13   DNF
Critérium du Dauphiné      
Tour de Suisse      


  1. In 2010 at Girobio
  2. 1 2 "Appollonio and Betancur sign for Ag2R-La Mondiale". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. 1 2 "Ag2r-La Mondiale and Carlos Betancur part ways". 21 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. "Liquigas-Cannondale Confirms Betancur For 2012 Roster". Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  5. "Garzelli considers retirement after Giro d'Italia exclusion". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. Garzelli revealed that he had planned to retire after racing one last Giro d'Italia, and had hoped to win a 10th stage or another green mountains classification jersey, and that he was prepared to give his best for his final race. He had hoped to pass his knowledge onto his young teammate Carlos Betancur.
  6. "Henao narrowly edges out Betancur for Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage win". 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  7. Cycling. "La Flèche Wallonne 2013: Daniel Moreno triumphs on Mur de Huy while Marianne Vos wins women's edition". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  8. Alasdair Fotheringham (2013-04-21). "Dan Martin Takes Breakthrough Classics Win In Liege-Bastogne-Liege". Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  9. ProCyclingStats. "Giro d´Italia 2013 Time Trial: Gabicce Mare " Saltara". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  10. "Maxim Belkov takes solo win in Giro d'Italia stage nine | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  11. "Rigoberto Uran wins Giro stage 10 as Wiggins and Hesjedal lose time | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  12. "Giovanni Visconti wins Giro d'Italia's Col du Galibier stage | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  13. Stephen Farrand (2013-05-25). "Betancur Takes Back The White Jersey At The Giro D'Italia". Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  14. Stephen Farrand (2014-06-12). "Report: Betancur to miss the Tour de France due to virus". Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  15. "Betancur signs two-year deal with Movistar". 18 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  16. "Carlos Betancur vuelve a sonreir" [Carlos Betancur smiles again]. (in Spanish). 15 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.

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