uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“I believe, that after racing Burgos and the Vuelta, I will be ready for the world championships. I’ve seen a lot of disparaging comments about me, including from my own team, but I’m back, and I’m ready to race.”

Photo: Sirotti






17.08.2014 @ 13:10 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Carols Betancur is looking to get his career back on track at the Vuelta a Espana later this month. The 24 year old Colombian, who won two stages and the overall at Paris-Nice this Spring, missed the Tour de France due to going home to Colombia and not returning on time to take part in the event. He has also been reported as being overweight throughout the season.


“I believe, that after racing Burgos and the Vuelta, I will be ready for the world championships. I think I will be OK by the final week of the Vuelta. I will try to win a stage or do something to show myself,” Betancur told VeloNews. “This is what I love to do. I like to race my bike. I’ve seen a lot of disparaging comments about me, including from my own team, but I’m back, and I’m ready to race.”


Betancur insists he’s been sick with a viral infection since last fall, and told Ag2r La Mondiale management he was not healthy enough to race the Tour.


After abandoning the Catalunya and Basque Country tours, and pulling out of Liège-Bastogne-Lìege, Betancur returned to Colombia. Betancur said he wanted to fully recover from his stubborn illness.


“I was sick. The team knew that I was diagnosed with a virus, yet they still didn’t support me. The plan was to race the Tour de France, but I couldn’t do it,” Betancur said. “I would have liked to have raced the Tour, but I wanted to go in condition to do it well. There was a little bit of misunderstanding, but in the end, I was right. One cannot go to the Tour when one is sick.”


AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu has openly blasted Betancur’s attitude and has even promised to drop Betancur at the end of this year even though he has a contract with the team for next year.


“It’s annoying,” Lavenu told CyclingWeekly in June. “There are always problems with him. Betancur is special. I don’t know if other Colombians are as complicated as mine.”


Betancur is heavily being linked to Patrick Lefevere’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team but he admits he is hurt by Lavenu’s comments.


“Those comments bothered me,” Betancur told VeloNews and a reporter from “Everyone has the right to say what they want, but I am one of the few riders on this team who races and actually wins anything. What else can I say? I don’t know.”


When pressed if he is leaving the team, Betancur would only say, “I don’t know. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes.”


Despite being overweight, other pros are already remarking that Betancur has enough talent to give them all a hard time, even if he is off his game.


“Betancur might be overweight, but he’ll still drop us all on the climbs,” one anonymous pro remarked.


Betancur says he is close to full health and vows to return to his 2013 Spring form, which resulted in top performances in Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro, where he was fifth overall in his debut Grand Tour and he won the Best Young Rider Jersey, after a thrilling battle with Rafal Majka.


“It’s been sad, and [I] couldn’t count on the support of my team. I’ve always demonstrated that I am rider who can win,” Betancur said. “It was very sad to miss all this time. It’s something that my team doesn’t seem to understand, that I love to race the bike. After winning Paris-Nice, I wanted to continue with success in Catalunya, Basque Country, the Ardennes, and then the Tour. Normally, I would have arrived at the Tour in top shape. That’s cycling. You just have to keep looking forward.”


He also assures his fans that he has lost no self-confidence despite all that has gone on this season.


“I won Paris-Nice without being at 100 percent. When I am in optimum condition, I know I can be up there with the top riders,” he concluded.


“I am barely starting to come back. I’ve only started training a month ago. This is my first race after four or five months, I am sure it’s going to be difficult, but this is what I love to do.”




Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

04.05 - 26.05: Giro d'Italia
19.05 - 26.05: Tour of Japan
21.05 - 26.05: Bretagne Ladies Tour
22.05 - 26.05: Alpes Isère Tour
23.05 - 26.05: Tour du Pays de Vaud
23.05 - 26.05: Boucles de la Mayenne
23.05 - 26.05: Tour of Norway
23.05 - 26.05: Tour de la Mirabelle
23.05 - 26.05: Tour de Feminin
24.05 - 26.05: Ford RideLondon Classique
26 years | today
38 years | today
19 years | today
Alberto RAMOS
32 years | today
33 years | today