Fabio Parra

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Parra and the second or maternal family name is Pinto.
Fabio Parra

Parra during the 1989 Vuelta a España
Personal information
Full name Fabio Enrique Parra Pinto
Born (1959-11-22) November 22, 1959
Sogamoso, Colombia
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
1979-1981 Lotería de Boyacá A
1982 Perfumería Yanneth
1984 Leche La Gran Vía A
Professional team(s)
1985-1987 Café de Colombia
1988-1990 Kelme
1991-1992 Amaya
Major wins
Vuelta a Colombia (1981, 1992)
Tour de France, 2 stages
Vuelta a España, 3 stages
RCN Classic (1987)
Infobox last updated on
July 21, 2007

Fabio Enrique Parra Pinto (born November 22, 1959 in Sogamoso, Boyacá) is a retired Colombian road racing cyclist. Parra was successful as an amateur in Colombia, winning the Novatos classification for new riders or riders riding their first edition of the race, and finishing 14th in the 1979 Vuelta a Colombia[1] and then the General classification in the 1981 Vuelta a Colombia.[2] He also competed in the individual road race event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[3]

Parra turned professional for the first Colombian cycling team, Café de Colombia, in 1985. He was a professional from 1985 to 1992 and won stages in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. His success occurred at the same time as his compatriot Luis Herrera. While Herrera won stages and the King of the Mountains competitions in the grand tours, Parra could contend for the overall classification. His greatest achievements were a third place in the 1988 Tour de France, highest placing of a South American for 25 years, until his countryman Nairo Quintana finished second in the 2013 Tour de France, and, in the following year in the Vuelta a España, finishing second to Pedro Delgado at 35 seconds.[4]

Fabio Parra has two younger brothers who also became professionals, Humberto Parra Pinto and Iván Parra. Humberto rode for three years for Kelme while Iván won 2 stages of the 2005 Giro d'Italia.[5]

Career achievements

Major results

1979 Lotería de Boyacá A
14th overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Novatos New rider classification
1980 Lotería de Boyacá A
9th overall Vuelta a Colombia
1981 Lotería de Boyacá A
2nd overall Clásico RCN
1st overall Vuelta a Colombia
1982 Perfumería Yanneth
2nd overall Clásico RCN
1984 Leche La Gran Vía A
3rd overall Vuelta a Colombia
5th overall Clásico RCN
1985 Café de Colombia-Pilas Varta-Mavic
5th overall Vuelta a España
8th overall 1985 Tour de France
1st, Stage 12
Winner white jersey
2nd overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st, Stage 11
1986 Café de Colombia-Pilas Varta
8th overall Vuelta a España
1987 Café de Colombia
6th overall 1987 Tour de France
1st overall Clásico RCN
1st, Stage 1
1st, Stage 6
3rd overall Tour de Suisse
1988 Kelme
5th overall Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 13
3rd overall 1988 Tour de France
1st, Stage 11
4th overall Vuelta a Colombia
1989 Kelme
2nd overall Vuelta a España
2nd overall Clásico RCN
1st, Stage 3
2nd overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st, Stage 10
1990 Kelme
5th overall Vuelta a España
13th overall 1990 Tour de France
5th overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1991 Amaya
5th overall Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 13
8th, GP Cafe de Colombia
6th overall Vuelta a Colombia
1992 Amaya
7th overall Vuelta a España
1st overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st, Stage 11

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
Giro d'Italia
Tour de France 8 6 3 13
Vuelta a España 5 8 5 2 5 5 7
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. "29o Vuelta a Colombia 1979". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  2. "31a Vuelta a Colombia 1981". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  3. "Fabio Parra Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  4. Rendell, Matt (2002). Kings of the Mountains. Aurum Press. ISBN 1-85410-837-9.
  5. "Victory at last, an interview with Ivan Parra". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
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