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Juan José Cobo

Juan José Cobo
Personal information
Full nameJuan José Cobo Acebo
NicknameEl Bisonte de La Pesa
Born (1981-02-21) 21 February 1981 (age 43)
Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Team information
Rider typeClimber/Time-Trialist
Amateur teams
2002Saunier Duval
2003Vini Caldirola-So.Di (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2004–2009Saunier Duval–Prodir
2010Caisse d'Epargne
2012–2013Movistar Team[1]
2014Torku Şekerspor
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2008)

Stage Races

Tour of the Basque Country (2007)

Juan José Cobo Acebo (born 21 February 1981 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a retired Spanish professional road racing cyclist.[2] He won the 2011 Vuelta a España as a Geox–TMC rider, his first and only major title but in July 2019 he was stripped of this title after being found guilty of doping by the UCI.[3] He was considered a climber who also is able to time trial.

On 13 June 2019, the UCI stated that Cobo had been found guilty of a doping violation, based on his biological passport data.[4]


In 2003, Cobo won the Spanish under-23 time-trial championships. He was selected for the national team in the European Championships, in Athens in August, and for the World Championships in Hamilton, Canada, in October. At the European Championships, he finished fourth, 30 seconds behind the winner Markus Fothen. At the World Championships, he participated, with Isidro Nozal, in the time-trial in which he took the 33rd place. In September, he joined the professional team Vini Caldirola as a trainee.

In 2004, Cobo became professional in the new Spanish team Saunier Duval–Prodir, led by Mauro Gianetti, manager of Vini Caldirola in 2003 . His best result this season was ninth place in the Japan Cup.

In 2005, he participated in his first grand tour, the Giro d'Italia.

In 2007, he won the Tour of the Basque Country, taking two stage victories in the process. He grabbed the leader's jersey on the first stage, which he won, and had to relinquish it to Relax–GAM's Ángel Vicioso on Stage 3. Another victory on stage 5 netted him the overall lead once again and he did resist the time trial on stage 6 to take the Tour's honors.[5] Cobo then participated in the Tour de France with hopes for a stage victory. That did not materialize, but he finished the Tour in 20th position.

In 2008, still with Saunier Duval, he made a quieter start to the season but finished second in the Tour de France Hautacam stage, behind his teammate Leonardo Piepoli. Despite this strong performance, in what was the first major mountain stage of the Tour de France, Cobo was forced to leave the Tour with his team following the positive control of the Italian Riccardo Riccò. He later was attributed the stage win since Piepoli has been stripped of it for doping.[6] Saunier Duval became Scott-American Beef late in the season, but this team was not invited to the Vuelta a España.

The team became Fuji-Servetto at the beginning of the 2009 season. Cobo stayed faithful, which allowed him to assume responsibility as a team leader, finishing 10th at the Vuelta a España where he also won a stage. He did not participate in the Tour de France as his team was not invited by the organizers. He represented Spain in the 2009 UCI Road World Championships – Men's time trial in Mendrisio.

In 2011, his team Geox–TMC started the Vuelta a España with a wildcard invitation. Cobo was selected to ride the race as a helper for team leader Denis Menchov. After winning the 15th stage on the steep ascent of the Angliru he became the leader of both the race and his team. Cobo kept the lead for the rest of the race resisting attacks by Chris Froome who finished second by just 13 seconds. Especially fierce was the attack Froome produced in the last kilometer of the seventeenth stage, Cobo was dropped for some time before he rallied and made the juncture very shortly before the finish line.[7][8][9]

After Geox–TMC folded at the end of 2011, Cobo joined Movistar Team for the 2012 season.[1] He had a year without victories, participating in the Tour de France and landing a 30th general classification placing. He was slated to be his team's leader at the Vuelta a España to defend his title, but the leadership was soon shifted to Alejandro Valverde, after the latter performed better than Cobo in the early stages.[10] Cobo helped Valverde finish in second position, while he finished 67th.[11]

Cobo left the Movistar Team at the end of the 2013 season, and joined Torku Şekerspor for the 2014 season.[2] He retired after that season.

On 18 June 2019, due to findings from his biological passport, which indicated use of performance-enhancing drugs, Cobo was stripped of his Vuelta victory as well as all other results between 29 August 2009 and 27 September 2009 as well as between 20 August 2011 and 11 September 2011, meaning he also lost his 10th place at the 2009 Vuelta.[12] As Cobo did not appeal within 30 days, he was also stripped of his 2011 Vuelta win on 18 July 2019.[13]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Stage 5b (ITT) Vuelta a Navarra
9th Japan Cup
10th Coppa Placci
1st Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 1 & 5
3rd Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
3rd Subida a Urkiola
5th Gran Premio Miguel Indurain
9th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Stage 10 Tour de France
2nd Subida a Urkiola
4th Overall Volta a Portugal
1st Stage 9
6th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 5
9th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 19
10th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 4
1st red jersey Overall Vuelta a España
1st Combination classification
1st Stage 15
3rd Trofeo Deià
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
8th Trofeo Inca
9th Memorial Marco Pantani
6th Overall Tour of Turkey

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF 116
A yellow jersey Tour de France 20 DNF 30
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 10 1 67
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "Cobo joins Valverde at Movistar". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. Reuters. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Former Vuelta winner Cobo moves to Torku team: "Given the circumstances, I am very satisfied to keep racing"". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  3. ^ Cyclingnews (15 September 2019). "Vuelta a España: Roglic clinches overall victory".
  4. ^ "UCI statement on Juan José Cobo Acebo, Jun 13, 2019, 16:18 PM".
  5. ^ "Spain's Cobo wins Tour of Basque Country". IOL Sports. Independent Online. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  6. ^ Andrew Hood (6 September 2011). "Wiggins gives Cobo benefit of doubt". Velo News. 2012 Competitor Group, Inc. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Britain's Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins on Vuelta a España podium". Guardian. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Cobo secures maiden Vuelta crown". ABC News. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Cobo celebrates his Vuelta win in Madrid". Cycling News. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  10. ^ Will Protheroe (20 August 2012). "2012 Vuelta a España: Alejandro Valverde Wins Stage 3, Takes Overall Lead". Bleach Report. 2012 Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Vuelta a España 2012 Overall standings". Cycling Central. SBS 2012. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  12. ^ Long, Jonny (18 June 2019). "Juan José Cobo has been stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a España title after being found guilty of doping". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta a Espana as Juan Jose Cobo stripped of title". 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
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