Pedro Saúl Morales Hernández, one of Colombia’s iconic cyclists, passed away

Pedro Saúl Morales Hernández, one of Colombia’s iconic cyclists, passed away

His best participation was in the Vuelta a España in 1989, in which he ranked eighth. Photo: MundoCiclístico / AlbertoUrrego

This March 24, one of the best known representatives of Colombian cycling passed away. This is Pedro Saúl Morales Hernández, who, in addition to participating in national competitions, was in two of the big three: the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.

According to what was communicated by his family, Morales Hernández, 56, died as a result of a heart attack while training on the roads of Huila.

The native of Samacá (Boyacá) played two editions of the Tour de France, in 1987 and 1989, although he did not finish any. In addition, he participated in the Tour of Spain in which Fabio Parra was third and Óscar de Jesús Vargas, third; the 1989 edition.

And in the Catalan Cycling Week, a competition that took place between 1963 and 2005, he finished third. Pedro Saúl Morales Hernández also wore the shirts of the Manzana Postobón team between 1986 and 1988, also that of the Spanish team Kelme, from 1989 to 1992.

Thanks to his experience in the world of cycling, he led the Carchi team from Ecuador. And two of his pupils Hector Chiles Y Samuel Cabrera they won the return to that country.

He was the founder of the clothing brand Forma Pedritzer, which collapsed due to the situation of the pandemic, according to statements given last year. Recently, he worked in a chicken roasting facility in La Plata (Huila).

On his death, ex-cyclists of trajectory such as Victor Hugo Peña, the first Colombian to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, and journalists specializing in cycling issues, such as John Fredy Valencia, editor of the portal Nuestro Ciclismo.

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“A great one of that golden history of cycling in Colombia that is ahead of us on the road. RIP D Pedro Saul Morales ”, Víctor Hugo Peña wrote on Twitter.

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Meanwhile, John Fredy Valencia explained that just 33 years ago, Pedro Saúl Morales Hernández won two stages of the Catalan Cycling Week, close to the stage of the Tour of Catalonia that was held today, in which the Colombian beetles participated.

A new and exciting cycling day was experienced this Wednesday, March 24, in the Tour of Catalonia, There the Colombians once again proved to be one of the best climbers in the world and some had a great role in, is the case Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves, who got second in the stage and incidentally entered the top 10 of the general classification.

The third fraction of the 100th edition of the competition was won by the British Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), who became the new leader of the race. This was played over a 203.5 kilometer route starting at the Casteldefels Olympic Channel and ending at the Vallter 2,000 ski resort.

The day had an outstanding performance by the Colombians who showed their conditions in the mountainous terrain. Via: Luis Angel Gomez / BettiniPhoto © 2021

The day had an outstanding performance by the Colombians who showed their conditions in the mountainous terrain. Via: Luis Angel Gomez / BettiniPhoto © 2021

In the final part of the climb, Colombian Chaves started from the peloton in order to hit the leader of the day, but did not reach. Despite his great effort, he entered 13 seconds behind Yates, who entered the finish line with a time of 5 hours and 58 seconds.

Yates, who already won at Vallter 2000 in 2019, entered the finish line alone after launching a powerful attack in the last 2 kilometers of ascent. The 28-year-old rider snatched the green-and-white jersey (leader’s jersey) from Portuguese Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step), who lost 47 seconds with him.

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