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Santiago Botero

Santiago Botero Echeverry is a Colombian professional road bicycle racer. He has been a pro since 1996, during which time he has raced in three editions of the Tour de France and four editions of Vuelta a Espana (the Tour of Spain).

He has been, for the greater part of his career, a member of the Kelme team, but in 2003 joined T-Mobile Team (then named Team Telekom). His often brilliant performance as part of the Kelme team turned lacklustre in Team Telekom, with the team management blaming his lack of discipline in training but he claimed because of health problems. In October 2004 he joined Phonak, together with Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero from Saunier Duval, and Victor Hugo Pena and Floyd Landis from Discovery Channel-Berry Floor. He currently lives in both Colombia and Madrid, Spain with his wife. Botero joined the American domestic team, Rock Racing, for the 2008 season. Botero currently rides for the Colombian team Indeportes Antioquia-IDEA-FLA-Loteria de Medellin.

In May 1, 2005 he won the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, 33 seconds ahead of rising Italian star and favorite for the Giro d'Italia Damiano Cunego. Romandie is often used as a preparation race for the Giro d'Italia. Botero carried that form into the 2005 edition of the Dauphine Libere when he won the individual time trial ahead of Americans Levi Leipheimer and Lance Armstrong as well as winning the mountainous sixth stage which brought him into second overall in the general classification.

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