Sergio Henao

Sergio Henao

Henao at the 2016 Paris-Nice
Personal information
Full name Sergio Luis Henao Montoya
Nickname El Venao[1]
Born (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987
Rionegro, Colombia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2005–2006 Orgullo Paisa
2010 Indeportes Antioquia
Professional team(s)
2007–2009 Colombia es Pasión
2011 Gobernación de Antioquia–Indeportes Antioquia
2012– Team Sky[2]
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2013)

Stage races

Vuelta a Colombia (2010)
Infobox last updated on
8 August 2015
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Henao and the second or maternal family name is Montoya.

Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (born 10 December 1987) is a Colombian racing cyclist, currently riding for Team Sky.[3]

Early life

Henao was born in Rionegro in 1987, the same year that the Colombian rider Lucho Herrera won the Vuelta a España.


Early years

In 2005 Henao won two stages of the Junior Vuelta del Porvenir, and finished second overall behind Rigoberto Urán. He also finished second in the junior Vuelta a Venezuela. Throughout 2006 he picked up numerous general classification podiums and won the Clasic Norte de Santander. For 2007, he joined the Colombia es Pasión team and started to ride outside of his native South America. He recorded 15th overall in the Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid, two stages of the Venezuelan Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes race, and a second overall in the Norte de Sandander followed. Still just 20 years old he then finished third overall at the Vuelta a Antioquia, his home race, and third in the Colombian National Championships time trial for under-23 riders.

In 2008 he won the under-23 version of the Vuelta a Colombia, picking up two stages along the way; two years later he repeated the feat in the main race, winning two stages and the general classification. In 2011, in one of his last races before moving to Europe, he won the opening prologue of the Tour of Utah, and then extended his lead on the first stage when he was involved in a five-man break with riders including Levi Leipheimer.


In 2012 he made his European professional debut, joining compatriot and friend Rigoberto Urán at Team Sky after signing a two-year contract.[4][5] Henao finished 13th overall in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April, and also rode the Ardennes Classics, recording 21st place in Amstel Gold, 14th place in La Flèche Wallonne and 29th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège

Henao in the opening time trial of the 2012 Giro d'Italia

In May, Henao was selected to be part of Team Sky's Giro d'Italia squad. He performed strongly in his first grand tour, with two top ten stages finishes (4th on Stage 15, 9th on Stage 20), he also wore the White Jersey of the best young rider for two days, taking the jersey over from, and relinquishing it to teammate and eventual classification winner Rigoberto Uran. Henao performed strongly in the final time trial moving up two places on the overall classification to finish ninth overall, and second on the Young Rider Classification. Following the Giro, Henao rode the Tour de Pologne, where he finished third overall after finishing second on Stage 6. He represented Colombia in the Olympic Road Race and finished 16th. He then went on to finish second overall in the Vuelta a Burgos. Henao also rode then Vuelta a España in support of Chris Froome, and finished 14th overall. He then participated in the UCI Road World Race Championships, finishing ninth in the Road Race. Henao rounded off an impressive season with fifth place in the 2012 Giro di Lombardia.


Henao outsprinted Carlos Betancur to win the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country.

Henao's 2013 season began at the Mallorca Challenge races, where he placed second in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana and ninth in the Trofeo Platja de Muro. He then rode the Volta ao Algarve, and won stage 3 to finally take his first victory in Sky colours. Henao also won the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country. The victory put Henao into the lead of both the general classification and points classification. Henao could not, however, hold his lead through the final time trial stage, but managed to confirm his place on the podium in third place overall, behind fellow Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana of the Movistar Team, and teammate Richie Porte.


For the 2014 season Henao was joined at Team Sky by his cousin Sebastián Henao.[6]

In March 2014 Team Sky announced that they would remove Henao from the team's race schedule for eight weeks after they raised questions about the results of out-of-competition tests Henao undertook after he returned to Rionegro in October 2013 for the winter. Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford noted that the team's ability to interpret Henao's results was hampered by a lack of research into the physiology of "altitude natives" who grew up in high-altitude environments and that the team would commission independent research to shed light on the situation.[7] Subsequently, in June 2014 the team announced that the research programme, conducted by researchers at the University of Sheffield with the cooperation of Colombian anti-doping agency, had been completed, the findings had been sent to WADA, the UCI and the Colombian Anti-Doping Federation, and that Henao would return to competition at the 2014 Tour de Suisse.[8] However, whilst on a recon ride of the time trial course with teammates Henao was hit by a car, suffering a fractured knee cap and ruling him out for the rest of the 2014 season.[9]


Henao made his comeback at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, where he helped teammate Ben Swift finish second overall. He then rode the Tour of the Basque Country where he finished second on Stage 3 to take the race lead. He held the lead until the final time trial on Stage 6, where his fourth place was not enough to deny Joaquim Rodríguez overall victory (by 13 seconds over Henao).


Henao at the 2016 Paris-Nice

Henao started his 2016 season at the Tour Down Under, where he finished third overall and won the mountains classification,[10] going on to finish as runner up in the National Road Race Championships.[11] His first European race of the year was Paris–Nice in March, where he finished sixth in the general classification and played a crucial role in successfully defending teammate Geraint Thomas' lead on the final stage by closing down several attacks by Alberto Contador.[12] He continued his good form into April, where he was runner up at the GP Miguel Indurain[13] and at the Tour of the Basque Country, where he also topped the points classification.[14]

On 20 April, it was announced that Henao had been withdrawn from racing after the UCI opened a biological passport investigation against him, relating to the same readings as had caused his withdrawal in 2014. Henao himself said that he was "calm and confident that this [would] be resolved soon", while Dave Brailsford stated that "We believe in Sergio." He noted that the UCI's investigation so far had been anonymous and hoped that the UCI investigation would reach the same conclusions as the team had from the 2014 research.[15] He was named in the start list for the 2016 Tour de France.[16] Henao was one of Chris Froome's key mountain domestiques as he won the race for the third time.

Henao represented Colombia in the Olympic Road Race. Henao formed part of a six-man attack on the first of three Vista Chinesa Circuit loops, and on the final climb broke clear with Vincenzo Nibali and Rafał Majka. However, Henao and Nibali crashed out of the race on the final descent, suffering a broken collarbone.[17]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Overall Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes
1st Stages 4 & 6
3rd Overall Vuelta a Antioquia
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Vuelta a Colombia Sub-23
1st Stages 2 & 5
1st Overall Grand Prix du Portugal
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Cinturón Ciclista a Mallorca
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour de Beauce
3rd Overall Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
1st Stage 3
1st Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 4 & 10
2nd Overall Clásico RCN
1st Stage 7
2nd Overall Vuelta a Antioguia
1st Prologue (TTT) & Stage 3
5th Overall Vuelta a Guatemala
1st Stage 2 Clásico RCN
2nd Overall Tour of Utah
1st Prologue & Stage 5
2nd Overall Vuelta a Antioquia
1st Stage 2
4th Overall Vuelta a Colombia
1st Stage 2a (TTT)
2nd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
3rd Trofeo Deia
5th Giro di Lombardia
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
Held Maglia Bianca from Stages 16–17
9th UCI World Road Race Championships
1st Stage 3 Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
2nd Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 3
5th Overall Tour de Pologne
6th Amstel Gold Race
9th Trofeo Platja de Muro
7th Overall Tour of Oman
10th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Overall Tour of California
7th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
8th Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 6
9th Giro di Lombardia
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Points classification
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd GP Miguel Indurain
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st Mountains classification
6th Overall Paris–Nice

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro 9 16 - - -
Yellow jersey Tour - - - - 12
golden jersey Vuelta 14 28 - 22 -


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