Fabio Parra was a force during the 1980s. The Colombian rider won two stages in the Tour de France and finished third overall in the 1988 Tour after some brilliant mountain riding. After retiring in 1992 he’s done an MBA and now runs a plastics business. His younger brother Ivan won two stages of the Giro in 2005, rode with Cofidis and is now with Colombian outfit Colombia es Pasión.
But now Parra is trying to climb into the Colombian Senate under the banner of Cambio Radical of presidential hopeful Germain Vargas Lleras. Elections took place yesterday but the counting takes time and at the moment of posting this item it is early on Monday morning and only the most preliminary of results have come in.