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Originally Posted by pinky
Forgive my ignorance (seriously) but other than Penna what other Columbians have been riding in Europe? I know there's a Brazilian on one of the DII teams (bright orange jerseys) but who else?
Off the top of my head, in addition to Parra:
Santiago Botero, 2002 world tt champ, 2001 world tt bronze medalist, TDF polka dot jersey wearer, 3 TDF stage wins
Victor Hugo Pena, former teammate of LA, wore yellow jersey in '03
Martin Rodriguez, world pursuit champ around 1970
Samuel Cabrera, finished high in TDF in 80s (10th-12th, I think)
Edgar Corredor, also top 20 TDF finisher in the 80s
Perhaps the greatest: Luis Herrera, polka dot jersey winner in TDF
Most of these guys were great climbers -- Spanish teams began signing these guys after seeing them just ride off in the mountains in amateur races. The original question, though, is a good one: will the next big wave come from Brazil and Argentina, great international sporting nations in soccer, motor racing, basketball, etc.?