Luis Herrera (cyclist)

Luis Herrera
Personal information
Full name Luis Alberto Herrera
Nickname Lucho
El jardinerito de Fusagasugá
Born (1961-05-04) May 4, 1961
Fusagasugá, Colombia
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Amateur team(s)
1981 Valyin de Pereira
1982 Lotería de Boyacá
1983 Leche La Gran Vía
1984 Varta Nacional A
Professional team(s)
1985-1990 Café de Colombia
1991-1992 Ryalco Postobon
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Mountain Classification (1985, 1987)
3 Individual Stages
Giro d'Italia
Mountain Classification (1989)
3 Individual Stages
Vuelta a España
General Classification (1987)
Mountains Classification (1987, 1991)
2 Individual Stages

Stage races

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
General classification (1988, 1991)
Vuelta a Colombia
General classification (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988)
Clásico RCN
General classification (1982, 1983, 1984, 1986)
Infobox last updated on
January 10, 2007

Luis Alberto "Lucho" Herrera Herrera, known as "El jardinerito" ("the little gardener") (born May 4, 1961 in Fusagasugá, Colombia), is a retired Colombian road racing cyclist. Herrera was a professional from 1985 to 1992 but had a successful amateur career before that in Colombia.

He entered his first Vuelta a Colombia in 1981 where he finished 16th overall and 3rd in the New Rider competition.[1] Although he abandoned his second Vuelta a Colombia in 1982, he won Colombia's second major stage-race the Clásico RCN. In 1983 Herrera won Clásico RCN again as well as two stages and finishing second overall to Alfonso Florez Ortiz in the 1983 Vuelta a Colombia.[2] In 1984 he would win the Vuelta a Colombia, the Clásico RCN as well as winning stage 17 to Alpe d'Huez in the 1984 Tour de France, becoming the first Colombian to win a stage of the race, and the first amateur cyclist to win a stage in the history of the Tour de France. He would win the Vuelta a Colombia and the Clásico RCN four times each but his greatest achievement was in 1987, when he won the Vuelta a España, the first South American to win a Grand Tour. Herrera also won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in 1988 and 1991 and five "King of the Mountains" jerseys from the three Grand Tours.

Luis Herrera is the second rider to win the "King of the Mountains jersey in all three Grand Tours. The first was Federico Bahamontes of Spain.

Career achievements

Major results

Tour de France
27th overall (1984)
1st, Stage 17
7th overall (1985)
1st, Stage 11
1st, Stage 14
Winner mountains classification
22nd overall (1986)
5th overall (1987)
Winner mountains classification
6th overall (1988)
19th overall (1989)
Giro d'Italia
18th overall (1989)
1st, Stage 13
1st, Stage 18
Winner mountains classification
8th overall (1992)
1st, Stage 9
Vuelta a España
1st overall (1987)
1st, Stage 11
Winner mountains classification
13th overall (1991)
1st, Stage 16
Winner mountains classification
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st overall (1988, 1991)

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
gold jersey Vuelta - WD - 1 20 - 12 13 WD
Pink jersey Giro - - - - - 18 - - 8
Yellow jersey Tour 27 7 22 5 6 19 - 31 -

WD = Withdrew


  1. "31a Vuelta a Colombia 1981". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
  2. "33a Vuelta a Colombia". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
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