Cycling families: The Amador brothers

Andrey Amador wins stage 14 Giro d'Italia 2012 (image courtesy of Movistar)

Andrey Amador wins stage 14 Giro d’Italia 2012 (image courtesy of Movistar)

25-year old Andrey Amador Bipkazacova, yesterday’s stage winner in the Giro d’Italia and the first Costa Rican to win a stage in a Grand Tour, has an older brother who also cycles – although Ivan, who’s five year’s older than Andrey, has only raced as an amateur in his native Costa Rica.

The two have an interesting heritage. Their paternal grandmother is Spanish while their mother is a Russian immigrant who arrived in the country after meeting and marrying their Costa Rican father. Continue reading