The best climber of the 2007 Tour de France, Barloworld rider Mauricio Soler, has won the Sports Man of the Year award in his home country, Colombia, on Thursday. The ceremony hosted by the El Espectador newspaper, who has been honouring sports men for the past 47 years with the help of its readers, was held in the Sheraton Hotel in Bogotá.
Soler was accompanied by his family, including his father Manuel, his mother Maria and his wife Patricia. Also present was his team manager, Italian Claudio Corti.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to the Tour de France mountains champion in 1985 and 1987, Luis Herrera. Herrera, former Colombian champion, and Soler, the current champion, both felt very grateful to receive the awards.
Courtesy of www.ciclismohoy.com