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Luis Herrera

For the former president of Venezuela, see Luis Herrera Campins. For the footballer, see Luis Fernando Herrera.

'Luis Alberto "Lucho" Herrera'known as "el jardinerito"'' (the little gardener) 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. Although he abandoned his second Vuelta a Colombia in 1982, he won Colombia's second major stage-race the Clasico RCN. In 1983 Herrera won Clasico RCN again as well as two stages and finishing second overall to Alfonso Florez Ortiz in the 1983 Vuelta a Colombia. In 1984 he would win the Vuelta a Colombia, the Clasico 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. He would win the Vuelta a Colombia and the Clasico RCN four times each but his greatest achievement was in 1987, when he won the Vuelta a Espana, the first South American to win a Grand Tour. Herrera also won the Dauphine Libere in 1988 and 1991 and five "King of the Mountains" jerseys from the three Grand Tours.

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