Former professional cyclist Samuel Cabrera is dead. On Monday, the professional died in a lightning strike after a storm in his home country. This was confirmed by his brother José Cabrera. He told the daily newspaper “El Tiempo”: “We are still awaiting precise information from the authorities about what happened. We know he was at his finca working when lightning struck and killed him.” Cabrera was 62 years old.
He was the first Colombian to gain a foothold in professional cycling. Cabrera also took part in the Tour de France six times between 1983 and 1989. In 1986 he achieved his best result in eleventh place overall. The exact background is currently unclear. However, according to media reports, he was probably busy harvesting the coffee when the lightning struck. Companions and competitors also said goodbye on social media.
Cabrera’s compatriot Fabio Parra said via Twitter: “He was a close friend and a great person.” Colombian politician Nicolas Garcia Bustos also expressed his condolences: “He managed to be one of the best and carried the name of Colombia in the Tour de France six times. It’s a great loss for Colombia.”