|Born||February 20, 1974|
On February 20, 1974, in Bejar, Spain, Roberto Heras, a retired competitive road cyclist from Spain, was born. His accomplishments in the Grand Tours have made him one of the top climbers in cycling history.
Heras became a professional climber in 1996, and he immediately established himself as a gifted climber. Throughout his career, he rode for a variety of teams, including Kelme, U.S. Postal Service, Liberty Seguros, and Astana.
Heras’ most prosperous years were in the early 2000s, when he set a record-breaking four consecutive victories in the Vuelta a Espaa, Spain’s biggest cycling competition. He also prevailed in 2005, giving him a total of five wins. Heras’ dominance in the mountain stages of the Vuelta was largely a result of his remarkable climbing skills.
Heras performed admirably at the other Grand Tours in addition to his success at the Vuelta. His best Tour de France finish was fourth in 2000, and he placed in the top ten three times. Also, he twice placed in the top ten at the Giro d’Italia.
Heras had a controversial career despite his cycling accomplishments. After winning the Vuelta in 2005, he tested positive for the illegal substance EPO. He was then denied his triumph and given a two-year suspension from the sport. Heras defended his innocence and battled the ban, but he eventually gave up cycling in 2006.
Roberto Heras’s biggest achievements:
|2000||Vuelta a España winner|
|2001||Vuelta a España winner|
|2002||Vuelta a España winner|
|2003||Vuelta a España winner|
|2005||Vuelta a España winner (later stripped)|
|1999||Vuelta a Burgos winner|
|2004||GP Miguel Indurain winner|