In 2013, when he was competing in the Laigueglia Trophy, in Italy, he suffered a terrible accident that caused him head trauma, multiple bills, loss of consciousness and nerve damage to his right shoulder. He was very close to retire from cycling due the impact of the accident.
Due to his talent and competitive spirit, our symbol at FUN has built an important career in cycling. He started his professional carrer in 2012 and has run ten major races, two world championships, Río 2016 Olympic Games and obtained 15 victories in the World Tour. He is currently part of the Australian Michelton-Scott team in the UCI World Tour category.
Esteban was born in Bogotá in 1990 and during his earlier stages, he was part of the Monserrate Club and represented the Liga de Bogotá. Then, he continued his cycling career at the Trek Bike House in Medellín. In 2011, with the Colombia National Team, he won the Tour de L'Avenir, a highly prestigious amateur career. This victory meant the beginning of his professional career. In 2012 he jumped to professionalism with Team Colombia. He won the Gran Premio Ciudad de Camaiore (Italy), placed third in the Vuelta a Burgos (Spain) and conquered its queen stage.
IWith strength, faith and the help of the doctor Julio Sandoval from the Fundación Cardioinfantil, he overcame the hardest challenge of his life. After his recovery, in 2014 he returned with the Australian World Tour team Orica GreenEdge. With them, he won the queen stage of the Tour of California (Estados Unidos). That day, as he crossed the finish line, he raised his right arm for the first time since his accident. For Esteban this meant turning the page of that difficult chapter of his life.
In 2015 he participated in the Giro d'Italia for the first time and won the team time trial. The same year in la Vuelta a España, he won two stages. He wore the leader's jersey in Spain during six stages. He finished in fifth place in the general clasification. 2016 was his best season. He placed second in the Giro d'Italia, third in the Vuelta a España and was the first Latin American to win one of the ‘monuments’ of world cycling, Il Lombardía.
In 2017 he placed second in the Tour Down Under (Australia) and raced in the Tour de France for the first time in his career . In 2018, with the Mitchelton Scott, he won the Herald Sun Tour (Australia) title and won a stage of the Giro d'Italia. Unfortunately, a new setback in health knocked on his door. He was diagnosed with mononucleosis which had been inactive for 255 days. But, because of his grit , he once again managed to recover and continue competing in a high level. In 2019 he returned and won the stage of the Giro d'Italia and represented his country in the World Championship.
With the intention of giving back to society everything that cycling has given him, in 2016 he created with his family (Jairo, his father; Carolina, his mother and Brayan, his brother), the non-profit organization that bears his name. It contributes in the construction of a social awareness of the relevance of sport in society as an irreplaceable school of life and the power of solidarity and love, to touch lives. One power that each of us have. It is a project that seeks to generate positive changes in the childhood and youth of Colombia through socially responsible projects in two areas, health and sport.
"We believe that by changing the lives of children and young people we are helping to transform the world."