Martin Emilio "Cochise" Rodriguez
Martin Emilio Rodriguez Gutierrez , known by the nickname Cochise, is a retired Colombian road racing cyclist. Cochise started his first Vuelta a Colombia in 1961. He would win his first Vuelta two years later in 1963 and would win the event four times in total. He was the road racing champion of Colombia in 1965. He had won gold in the 4,000 metre pursuit at the Central American Games in 1962, the Bolivarian Games in 1965, the American Games in 1965 and 1966 and the Pan-American Games in 1967. Cochise also won Colombias second most important stage race, the Clasico RCN, in 1963 as well as winning the Vuelta al Tachira in Venezuela three times. On the October 7, 1970, Cochise beat the world hour record. Cochise turned professional in 1973 where he won two stages in the Giro dItalia. Cochise was partnered with the great Italian champion Felice Gimondi for two man time trial events and won the 1973 Baracchi Trophy and the Verona Grand Prix. Cochise rode the 1975 Tour de France and finished 27th overall. After 1975, Cochise returned to Colombia and competed again as an amateur, winning a final stage in the Vuelta a Colombia in 1980. Cochise is currently involved with a Colombian professional team Indeportes Antioquia that has former time trial world champion Santiago Botero.
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