Road racing cyclist who is widely considered one of the greatest of his era, having been placed in in the top 10 in Cycling Ranking's all-time classification. He is a multiple-time winner of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Flèche Wallonne, and Clásica de San Sebastián, among other races.
He was gifted his first bike at age 6. He rode his first race in Jumilla, Spain and finished second.
He was suspended from cycling for two years for his part in the Operación Puerto blood doping scandal.
He married a woman named Natalia and has children named Alejandro, Ivan and Pablo.
He bested Simon Gerrans in the fifth stage of the 2012 Tour Down Under.