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Martin Elmiger (born 23 September 1978 in Hagendorn) is a Swiss professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Ag2r-La Mondiale. He turned pro in 2001 with the Swiss Post Office team. Elmiger was a member of Phonak from 2002–2006. He was seen animating a stage of the 2003 Tour de Romandie finishing second in stage number 2.
Arguably one of the best moments in his career was leading the Tour Down Under in 2007 for 2 stages and then winning it by a mere 3 seconds over Australian Karl Menzies. He started the 2007 UCI ProTour strongly with a 19th place in Prijs Vlaanderen, 17th in Gent–Wevelgem and 24th in Paris–Roubaix after crashing. On stage 2 of The 2007 Tour de Romandie Elmiger finished 5th behind stage winner Robbie McEwen in the wake of a massive pileup involving several riders at high speed. Elmiger started the 2007 Tour de Suisse strongly with a 7th place in the prologue, finishing 10.82 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara and in front of riders like Andreas Klöden and Michael Rogers.
Elmiger will leave Ag2r-La Mondiale at the end of the 2012 season, and is scheduled to join the new IAM Cycling team for the 2013 season.
Paolo Bettini (born 1 April 1974 in Cecina, Livorno, Tuscany) is an Italian former champion road racing cyclist, and the current coach of the Italian national cycling team. Considered the best classics specialist of his generation, and probably one of the strongest of all times, he won gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics road race and in the 2006 and 2007 World Road Race Championships. He is nicknamed Il Grillo ("the cricket") for his repeated sudden attacks and his sprinting style.
He gained prominence by winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2000 and 2002. He set the record for World Cup wins in a season in 2003, winning the Milan – San Remo, HEW Cyclassics and Clásica de San Sebastián. He won the Giro di Lombardia in 2005 and 2006, the Züri-Metzgete in 2001 and 2005 and Tirreno–Adriatico in 2004.
Paolo Bettini lived with his family on the Tuscany coast. He began racing when he was seven and won 23 of his first 24 races. His first bike had a secondhand frame which his father, Giuliano, had painted orange. The components were cannibalised from other bikes. He started racing after the encouragement of his brother.
He came fourth in the world under-23 road championship in 1996, behind
Stuart O'Grady OAM (born 6 August 1973 in Adelaide), nicknamed Stuey, is an Australian professional road bicycle racer on UCI ProTeam Orica-GreenEDGE, who started as a track cyclist. He and Graeme Brown won a gold medal in the Men's Madison at the 2004 Summer Olympics. O'Grady also won Paris–Roubaix in 2007.
O'Grady has ridden the Tour de France since 1998 and contended for the points classification in the Tour de France, finishing second in the 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005 races. He wore the yellow jersey of general classification leader in 1998 and 2001.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'.
Stuart O'Grady grew up as a part of a cycling family. His father represented South Australia in road and track cycling, and his uncle competed for Australia at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He started in track cycling and won a silver medal in the 4000m team pursuit at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta he won bronze medals in both the points race and team pursuit. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
He joined the GAN professional team, which included English time trial
Leontine Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel (born 22 March 1970 in Boekel, Netherlands) is a former Dutch racing cyclist.
Van Moorsel started her career in the late 1980s and was soon one of the best cyclists in the world. She won major races both on the track, and on the road. In the first half of the 1990s, she won the Tour Féminin twice, after fierce competition with Jeannie Longo.
Van Moorsel dropped out of cycling in 1994 with anorexia nervosa but recovered to compete at the world championships in 1998, winning the time trial and coming second in the road race.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, van Moorsel won gold medals on the road (road race and time trial), and on the track (3 km pursuit). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she fell in the penultimate lap of the road race, but successfully defended her time trial title. With four gold, one silver, and a bronze Olympic medal, van Moorsel is one of the most successful Dutch athletes ever.
She retired from professional cycling after the 2004 Olympics.
Van Moorsel married former track cyclist Michael Zijlaard in October 1995.
Frédéric Guesdon (born October 14, 1971) is a French former professional road bicycle racer who competed as a professional between 1995 and 2012, most notably for UCI ProTeam FDJ-BigMat, spending 16 years of his career with the team.
Guesdon was born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, Brittany. He turned professional in 1995 with the French Le Groupement team and moved on to the Polti team in 1996, where he scored eleventh place at Paris–Roubaix and third place at the French championship. Guesdon had his breakthrough year in 1997. Having signed with the new Française des Jeux team, he scored an early victory for the team in the prestigious spring monument Paris–Roubaix. Guesdon also took victories at the Classic Haribo and a stage in the Tour du Limousin. Guesdon had to wait until 2000 for his next major victory, a stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, a feat he repeated in 2002. Despite a complete lack of victories between this win and his next win, over three-and-a-half years later in the 2006 Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Guesdon remained loyal to Française des Jeux and Française des Jeux to him. This paid dividends when Guesdon won the 2006 UCI ProTour race Paris–Tours, his first ProTour
Samuel Sánchez González (born February 5, 1978 in Oviedo, Asturias) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was the gold medal winner in the 2008 Beijing Olympics Men's Road Race. In recent years Sánchez has proven himself in hilly classics and stage races as one of the most important riders in the peloton. He's also known as one of the best descenders in the peloton.
He started his professional career in 2000 at the Spanish team Euskaltel-Euskadi and still rides there today.
In 2003, Sánchez finished 6th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège and third overall in the Tour of the Basque Country. The following year, he came 4th in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and came 15th overall in his first Vuelta a España. He recorded his first major victory in 2005 when he won the 13th stage in the Vuelta a España, finishing 11th in the general classification. After winner Roberto Heras was erased from the results for doping use, Sánchez shifted up to the 10th place.
In 2006 the Asturian added two stage wins in the Vuelta al País Vasco and a second place on the steep finishing climb of the Belgian spring classic La Flèche Wallonne. He finished 4th overall in Paris-Nice, winning the points jersey in the
John Eric Purse (b. September 7, 1972 in Orlando, Florida, raised in Spring, Texas U.S.) is a former American professional "Mid School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer. His prime competitive years were from 1990-2000.
Nicknamed "The Vigilante" early in his pro career for his alleged dirty riding and fouling competitors and later and most famously "The Jackal" in the mid 1990s because of his "mad dog" riding style and for his not backing off and his fighting back.
Started racing: February 8, 1981 at eight years old at Armadillo Downs in Conroe, Texas.
Sanctioning body: American Bicycle Association (ABA)
First race result: Second place.
First win (local):
Home sanctioning body district(s): ABA Texas 3 (Tex-3) (1985);
United States Bicycle Motocross Association (USBA) Texas District 4 (TX-4) (1986)
First sponsor: U-Truck 1981.
First national win:
Turned Professional: January 1990 at age 17. He forged his mother's signature on the Pro License applications to the ABA and NBL. His mother got wind of it a couple of months later (Purse had been doing quite well as a pro in the interim, including winning his first pro race. See "First Professional race result" below) and complained to both
Gert Steegmans (born 30 September 1980 in Hasselt) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. He has a strong finishing sprint and can compete in the sprint with fellow Belgian cyclist, and team-mate, Tom Boonen.
Although Steegmans was already known in Belgium, he gained more popularity outside Belgium as he piloted Robbie McEwen to two stage wins during the 2006 Tour de France.
During the second stage of the 2007 Tour de France, a Liquigas rider fell sideways in the last 3 kilometres causing others to fall. Around 20 riders fell blocking the entire road and leaving approximately 30 riders to sprint for the victory, eventually taken by Steegmans in his home country ahead of his compatriot and team-mate Tom Boonen, who took over the green jersey by coming second in the stage.
On 6 July 2008, it was announced Steegmans signed a two-year contract with Tinkoff Credit Systems. In the Tour de France, he won the prestigious stage at Champs-Élysées. Team Tinkoff later folded under that name, and the management and ridership re-emerged as Team Katusha.
Steegmans made headlines in the weeks leading up to the 2009 Tour de France with his
Thomas Löfkvist (born 4 April 1984) is a Swedish professional road bicycle racer riding for the UCI ProTour Team Sky. He became the youngest Swedish professional road bicycle racer when he started his professional bicycling career in FDJeux.com at the age of 19 in 2004. Lövkvist is a good time trialist and has recently improved his climbing abilities, winning the Monte Paschi Eroica in 2009 with a powerful attack during the steep final kilometer ascent. He has previously used, both within and outside of the cyling world, the surname spelling 'Lövkvist'. Beginning with the cycling season of 2010 he is using his legal surname Löfkvist throughout.
As a junior, Lövkvist was the European mountain bike champion. Aged 19 he won the Individual Time Trial and the Overall Classification of the prestigious Circuit des Ardennes. Lövkvist also finished sixth and wore the leader's jersey in the 2003 Tour de l'Avenir. Following this results he turned professional for the French team FDJeux.com in 2004.
Lövkvist first professional season turned out to be a very successful one. The week after turning 20 he won the last stage Circuit de la Sarthe with a 171 km breakaway, covering 150 alone after
Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (born April 24, 1976 in Irun) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He currently rides for the Rabobank team. He is perceived to be a climbing specialist, and to date his greatest achievements have been in the Giro d'Italia, where he placed fourth overall in 2002, tenth overall in the 2004, fifth overall in 2005 and won the Mountains classification with a seventh overall at the 2006 Giro d'Italia. He also won the Spanish National Championship road race in 2005. He has also won stages in the Tour de Suisse, the Vuelta a Espana, the Giro del Trentino and more recently he finished first on Mont Ventoux in the penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2009.
László Bodrogi (born 11 December 1976 in Budapest, Hungary) is a professional road bicycle racer from Hungary riding for Team Type 1-Sanofi, specializing in the individual time trial.
László was born in 1976 in Budapest, Hungary. His father, László Bodrogi, managed his career from his childhood.
In the nineties, Hungarian bicycle manufacturer Schwinn-Csepel (successor of Csepel) was his main sponsor. In turn, he was the main athlete of the company. Among other products, he tested and raced the Schwinn-Csepel magnesium alloy road frame. He competed in various Hungarian teams, including FTC (1991), BVSC-Intertraverz (1992), KSI (1993) and Stollwerck-FTC (1994).
In 1995, after his father got a job as a doctor in France, László settled down in France and started training in the AC Bisontine team. He quit his university studies to devote his life to his sports career. After a fruitful season in 1996, he was invited to VC Lyon (VC Vaux-en-Velin), the youth team of Festina. After Festina was shaken by the doping scandals of the Tour de France, Laszlo got little attention from the team. He moved on to CCC Étupes in 1999.
In 2000, he started his professional cycling career in Mapei-Quick
Andrea Tafi (born 7 May 1966 in Fucecchio) is an Italian former road bicycle racer who retired from his professional career in 2005. Tafi's propensity to perform best in the harder races earned him the nickname Il Gladiatore (The Gladiator).
He specialized in the cobbled Spring Classics such as Paris–Roubaix which he won in 1999, and Ronde van Vlaanderen which he won in 2002. He won the Giro di Lombardia in 1996 and the Italian National Championship in 1998.
He said that his dream was to emulate his cycling hero fellow Italian Francesco Moser, which is to win Paris–Roubaix wearing the Tricolore jersey as the Italian National Champion. He accomplished this in his win in 1999.
The most successful part of his career was spent with the Italian super-squad Mapei-CLAS. In the 1996 edition of Paris–Roubaix the team put four of their riders in a breakaway at the front of the race: Johan Museeuw, Gianluca Bortolami, previous year's winner Franco Ballerini, and Tafi. Ballerini had a flat and was out of the lead group, but the other three powered their way to the finish.
In 1996 he won the "race of the falling leaves" Giro di Lombardia, using his strength to overcome the climbs of the race.
José Luis Rubiera Vigil (born 27 January 1973 in Gijón) is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for the UCI ProTour team Team RadioShack.
Rubiera won his first professional race at the 1997 Giro d'Italia, winning stage 19. His climbing ability was instrumental in leading Lance Armstrong to five of his Tour de France victories, most famously leading Armstrong up the start of Alpe d'Huez in 2001. He earned an engineering degree in 2004, while balancing his race schedule and studies. He is very respected in the peloton and was elected as deputy to the cyclists' representative council of the UCI ProTour.
Matti Breschel (born 31 August 1984 in Ballerup) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Rabobank.
He got his breakthrough with small Danish Team PH, finishing 6th at the U/23 Cycling World Championship in Verona in 2004 where he helped fellow Dane Mads Christensen finish 3rd. He also won the bronze medal at the Danish National Road Racing Championship during the summer of 2004.
He turned professional for the 2005 season in Denmark based Team CSC, where he signed a two-year contract. At the press conference, regarding his choice to join Team CSC in October 2004, he stated that he simply wished to adjust to the rigors of professional cycling, saying "I hope to get in the team, but in the beginning I just want to learn the game and to learn the races. Somewhere I know that I'm in for a beating." Under tutelage of seasoned veteran Lars Michaelsen, Breschel would start the season in the Tour of Qatar, where the two riders finished side by side, Breschel conceding the final victory to Michaelsen. They would ride a number of classics and smaller races together, and Breschel finished in a number of secondary placings, just missing the victory
Niki Terpstra (born 18 May 1984 in Beverwijk) is a Dutch racing cyclist with UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. He is the silver medal winner of the team pursuit in the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, together with Levi Heimans, Jens Mouris and Peter Schep. With a 4th place in the Three Days of de Panne followed by a 14th place at the 2008 Tour of Flanders, young Terpstra showed signs of considerable talent. In 2009 Terpstra won the 3rd stage in the 2009 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, gaining the yellow leader jersey at the same time.
Tom Steels (born 2 September 1971, Sint-Gillis-Waas) is a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer, specialising in sprint finishes and one-day races. He was one of the top sprinters in the peloton.
Steels competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, in the Men's 1000 metres Time Trial, finishing 19th
Steels began his professional cycling career in 1994 with the Vlaanderen 2002 team, winning eight times in his first two seasons. His breakthrough was after he signed with Mapei in 1996. That year he won Omloop Het Volk, and Gent–Wevelgem. In 1997, he rode in his first Tour de France, and looked capable of a stage win after coming second on Stage 2. However, during the sprint for the finish for the sixth stage he found himself blocked and boxed in by other sprinters and in frustration threw his water bottle at another rider, for which he was thrown out of that year's Tour.
His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour. 2006 was his first year as a professional that he failed to win a race.
Linda Jackson (born November 13, 1958 in Nepean, Ontario) is best known as a former Canadian professional bicycle road racer. She is now a coach, having previous experience as an investment banker. Jackson won the bronze medal at the 1996 World Road Racing Championships. The six-time Canadian national champion (three for road race and three for time trials) competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics and several Pan American Games and won silver medals the 1994 road race and 1998 time trial at the Commonwealth Games.
At the 1994 Redlands Bicycle Classic, the Ontario native placed third overall and won Stage 1, a 48-mile road race. In 1997 she reached the podium again, this time in second overall and won Stage 2, a 13-mile individual time trial.
In 1997, she captured overall win at the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin and finished second at the Women's Challenge and Giro d'Italia Femminile, and placed third at the Tour de France Feminin. Jackson received the maglia arancia (orange jersey) as the best foreigner of that year's Giro d'Italia Femminile. The following year, Jackson won the 1998 Women's Challenge and repeated her second place finish at the Giro d'Italia Femminile.
In 2000, she
Dominique Cornu (born 10 October 1985 in Beveren) is a Belgian road and track cyclist from Flanders, currently riding for UCI Professional Continental team Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator. He specializes in the time trial discipline. At the 2006 World Cycling Championship he was crowned U23 Time Trial World Champion. He had previously won the Junior Belgian Time Trial Championship in 2003 and 2004, and in 2005 he became the Belgian U23 time trial Champion. Cornu is also an accomplished track cyclist, winning the Individual Pursuit at the 2006 Belgian Track Cycling Championships. In addition to Cornu's time trialing skills he is also a promising cobblestone rider, having won the U23 edition of the prestigious Omloop "Het Volk" cycling classic in 2006.
Johan Museeuw (born 13 October 1965 in Varsenare) is a retired Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He was a professional from 1988 to 2004 and was particularly successful in the classic cycle races in the nineties.
Museeuw is the winner of 11 World Cup races, including six victories in "Monument" events:
He won the World Cup in 1995 & 1996. He was also the Belgian Champion in 1992 & 1996.
Museeuw won the World Cycling Championship in the road race in Lugano 1996. In that year, he also won the UCI Road World Cup, the only rider in history to accomplish both in the same year.
Museeuw also won the following classics and semi-classics:
Museeuw's father Eddy rode as a pro for two seasons without much success. Johan started his professional career in 1988 with ADR. In 1989 he was part of the ADR team in which Greg LeMond won his second Tour de France. In 1990 Museeuw went to the Lotto team for which he won two stages in the Tour de France that year. Later on he rode for the MG-GB, Mapei, Domo-Farm Frites and Quick-Step. He ended his career in the spring of 2004.
Starting as a sprinter, Museeuw won the final stage of his first Tour de France in 1990. He subsequently traded his
Patrice Halgand (born 2 March 1974 in St-Nazaire) is a French professional road racing cyclist, who is not currently signed to any team. He was one of only three Festina team riders who were named as clean during the Festina doping scandal during the 1998 Tour de France.
Halgand indicated on 28 December 2008 that he is considering retirement.
Andriy Grivko (Ukrainian: Андрій Гривко; born Simferopol, August 7, 1983) is a Ukrainian racing cyclist for Astana. He competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the road race, in which he did not finish, and the individual time trial, where he finished 31st.
Andriy Hryvko at Trap-Friis.dk. Archive copy at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 May 2011)
Wong Kam-po BBS MH (Chinese: 黃金寶; pinyin: Huang Jinbao, born 13 March 1973 in Hong Kong) in Shatin, Hong Kong, is a world champion racing cyclist.
Wong Kam-po joined the Hong Kong cycling team in 1990. He quit the team after allegedly fighting with a team mate. After meeting his current coach Shen Jiang-Kong (Chinese: 沈金康), he rejoined the team and began a successful career, winning golds in the National Games of the People's Republic of China (1997 & 2001) and the Asian Games (1998, 2006 & 2010). His 1997 win of the Philippine Marlboro Tour was the only championship by a non-Filipino in the event.
Wong Kam-po became the first Chinese World Champion cyclist by winning the 15 km-scratch in 2007 UCI Track World Championships. He earned the right to wear the Rainbow Jersey for the year 2007-08. Wong performed well at the 2007 UCI B World Championships road race, with a 4th place finish, to win an invitation to the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the flag bearer for Hong Kong.
After Wong Kam-Po won his third Asian Games Gold Medal in Guangzhou, Hong Kong's Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said, "I would like to pay my particular tribute to our cyclist Wong Kam-po who has won three
Rubens Bertogliati (born May 9, 1979 in Lugano) is a Swiss road racing cyclist, whose breakthrough came in the 2002 Tour de France, when he was riding for the Italian Lampre-Daikin team. Currently he rides for Team Type 1-Sanofi.
Bertogliati won the first stage of the Tour, which took place in the hilly country of Luxembourg. The victory also earned him the maillot jaune – the leader's jersey of the Tour. He kept the jersey after stage two, when he finished in 29th position. After the third stage, German sprinter Erik Zabel took the leader's yellow jersey from Bertogliati.
Bertogliati's first win came a few months earlier at the GP Chiasso, but it was his efforts in July that made him famous. He started his career as a professional with the Lampre-Daikin team in 2000. From 2004 to 2008 he rode for the Spanish Saunier Duval-Prodir team.
Thomas Frischknecht (born February 17, 1970 in Feldbach, Switzerland) is a Swiss mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer, often called Europe's Elder Statesman of mountain biking, because of his extraordinarily long career at the top level of the sport. A professional since 1990, he was on top of the Mountain Bike World Championship podium for the first time in 1996 and most recently in 2004.
Frischi (as he is called) advocates staying 'fit for life' and dope free racing. He is considered an excellent example of a clean sportsman.
In 1996 he was second at the World Cross-country Mountain Bike Championships, but after France's Jerome Chiotti confessed having used EPO when he won the title that year, he got the rainbow jersey from Chiotti, handed over as a friendly act in an unofficial ceremony.
He won the Olympic silver medal in 1996. The next day he competed in the men's road race on a Ritchey cyclocross bike after fellow Swiss team member Tony Rominger fell ill. He finished the race in the middle of the pack.
Frischknecht also competes in cyclo-cross, where he won an Amateur World Champion title, was Vice World Champion in 1997 and is a multiple-time Swiss Champion.
Thomas is married
David Juarez (born March 4, 1961 in Downey, California U.S.) is a former professional "Old School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer and current top mountain bike racer whose prime competitive years in BMX were from 1978 to 1984 and in mountain bike racing 1986 to the present. Since 1986, he has been a mountain bike racer and since late 2005, competing as an ultra-distance road bike racer. In all three disciplines, he has won numerous national and international competitions. Most recently, "Tinker" finished third in the 2006 Race Across America Enduro bicycle road race.
"Tinker" Juarez is a highly talented cyclist who has made significant impacts in the cycling disciplines of BMX Racing, Freestyle BMX, and Mountain Biking and now long distance road racing for over thirty years. While he was also known as the "Hollified Flash" after one of his home BMX tracks he used to race at and dominate in the early-1970s, the moniker "Tinker" is a nickname that was coined by his family. According to his Mother Rose: "We used to say 'Stinker' when he was a baby, everybody thought we were saying 'Tinker" David Juarez is so well known by his nickname "Tinker" many people probably think that is his
Jens Voigt (born 17 September 1971) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. Voigt is known for his propensity to attack, and for his positive racing attitude. He is capable of repeated attacking, holding a high tempo, and breaking away from the peloton. He has worn the yellow jersey of the Tour de France twice, though he has never challenged for the overall title due to his lack of ability in the mountains. In cycling folklore, he is considered as one of the best rouleur riders to this day.
He is the riders' representative on the UCI ProTour council, for the Cyclistes Professionels Associés (CPA), and Voigt has spoken against doping.
Voigt is generally popular with cycling fans, both for his aggressive riding style and his affable, forthright and articulate style in dealing with the public and media.
Voigt and his wife Stephanie have six children, the youngest being born January 2011.
Jens Voigt was born in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about 100 km north-east of Hamburg, East Germany, in the same area as Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich. Jens was encouraged by his parents to participate in sports, since he often got into troubles as
Robert Millar (born 13 September 1958) is a Scottish former professional cyclist with numerous distinctions.
Millar won the "King of the Mountains" competition in the 1984 Tour de France and finished fourth overall. Millar remains the only rider from an English speaking country to have won the Tour de France King of the Mountains title. This success was the first time a British rider won a major Tour classification, and was unsurpassed as the highest Tour finish for a Briton until Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome placed first and second respectively in the 2012 Tour de France. He is one of only three Britons to have won a Tour de France jersey competition along with Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. He rode the Tour de France 11 times completing the race eight times.
Millar also achieved the highest finish by a Briton in the Giro d'Italia, finishing second in the 1987 event and also winning the King of the Mountains classification. As well as the Giro second place finish, he finished second in two other Grand Tours: the 1985 and 1986 Vuelta a España. Millar remains the only British rider to achieve three top three finishes in grand tours. He was set to win the 1985 Vuelta before losing
Niels Albert (born 5 February 1986, in Bonheiden, near Antwerp, Belgium) is a professional cyclo-cross racing cyclist who currently resides in Tremelo.
Similarly to Sven Nys, Albert began BMX racing, in which he was two times Belgian National Champion, before switching to cyclo-cross. On October 8, 2006 Albert took his first major senior victory at Grote Prijs Pro Cycling Neerpelt, Belgium. Albert won the first International cyclo-cross of the 2007/08 season with a victory in Erpe-Mere, Belgium. Albert scored another big victory with the Superprestige in Gieten, the Netherlands where riding for the first time in the Elite category of the annual Gieten race, he beat Sven Nys and Lars Boom.
He finished second at the 2008/09 Belgian Cyclo-cross Championships (behind Sven Nys).
In 2009, he became the Cyclo-cross world champion in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands.
José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (born 15 June 1971, in San Sebastián) is a retired Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He last rode for UCI ProTour team Ag2r-La Mondiale. He is now a sporting director for Movistar Team, the same franchise for which he rode earlier in his career when it was known as Banesto.
Arrieta was a devoted domestique for Miguel Indurain. L'Équipe said of him:
"He no longer counts the hours, the years, spent with his nose in the wind trying to protect his leader for as long as possible."
André Greipel (born 16 July 1982 in Rostock, East Germany) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Lotto-Belisol.
He currently lives in Hürth, close to Cologne in Germany. After his win of the 2008 Tour Down Under, he was named the "Gorilla" by various sports media.
In 2008 he won his first Grand Tour stage in the Giro d'Italia and his first major tour, the Tour Down Under.
In the 2009 Vuelta a España, Greipel competed as Columbia – HTC's top sprinter benefiting from flat stages and the Columbia lead-out team, he won Stages 4, 5, 16, and 21 after group sprints. He also won the prestigious "Green Jersey" Points Classification. Greipel finished the 2009 season with an impressive 20 wins, second in victories only to his teammate Mark Cavendish.
In 2010 he won his second Giro d'Italia stage and won the Tour Down Under for the second time.
In 2011, after moving to Omega Pharma-Lotto, he had his first Tour de France victory on stage 10, inching out his biggest rival and former teammate Mark Cavendish.
At the Tour de France, Greipel and his Lotto-Belisol teammates had high hopes for stage victories. It almost happened on Stage 2, where he was edged on the line by Mark
Georg Totschnig (born May 25, 1971) is an Austrian former road bicycle racer who raced professionally between 1993 and 2006.
In 1989, Totschnig became the Junior Austrian National Time Trial Champion. He turned professional with the Italian Lampre - Polti team in 1993, remaining with the team in 1994 when Polti became the main sponsor for the first time. Totschnig rode for the German Deutsche Telekom team from 1997 to 2000, before joining his final team, Gerolsteiner, in 2001.
In the 2005 Tour de France stage 14, he was in the breakaway which ultimately led to his victory. Having split open the breakaway group on the penultimate climb of the day from fellow breakaway companions Stefano Garzelli and Walter Bénéteau, he was able to hold on to his first place to second placed Lance Armstrong on the final climb to Ax 3 Domaines, winning by 56 seconds. He was the first Austrian to win a stage in the Tour de France since Max Bulla in 1931.
He was voted Austrian Sportsman of the year in 2005. Totschnig was surprised to win the accolade, as he had not expected to win more votes than the skiier Benjamin Raich.
Totschnig's younger brother, Harald Totschnig is also a professional cyclist.
Timothy Johnson (born August 5, 1977 in Middleton, Massachusetts) is an American professional racing cyclist who has found success in cyclocross and road bicycle racing, and is one of only two male riders (Johnathan Page was 2nd at worlds in 2007) from the United States to stand on a UCI Cyclocross World Championships podium. Johnson has six career national championships - three Elite, two Espoir and one Junior - and a bronze medal from the UCI Cyclocross World Championships that he won in 1999 in Poprad, Slovakia. Johnson spent his 2009 road season riding for the Ouch presented by Maxxis team, of which he is the Road Captain. For 2010, Johnson rides for UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis. Johnson is married to fellow professional cyclist Lyne Bessette.
Johnson was arguably 2009's most successful American Cyclocross rider, winning 11 races, including the US Cyclocross National Championships in Bend, Oregon. In 2009, Johnson was first in the North American Cyclocross Trophy overall standings and second in the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross overall standings. Johnson missed the first five major UCI races of the season, including the first weekend of the US Gran Prix of
Christopher Horner (born October 23, 1971) is an American professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. A native and current resident of Bend, Oregon, Horner dominated the American road racing scene by winning the points standings in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.
Horner turned pro in 1995 with the PAA-NutraFig team. He captured his first major victory in a stage win of the Tour DuPont in 1996.
He was then asked to ride in Europe with French team Française des Jeux. From 1997 to 1999 he had three frustrating seasons with this team.
In 2000 Horner returned to America to resume a record-setting domestic career, riding with Mercury in 2000, Prime Alliance in 2002, Saturn in 2003 and Webcor Builders in 2004. Horner has won almost every important race in the US racing calendar, with the notable exception of the USPRO Championships.
Horner decided to move to Saunier Duval-Prodir after his top-ten finish in the 2004 UCI World Road Cycling Championship because he wanted to give the Tour de France a try. After being injured in the beginning of 2005, Horner showed strong performance in the USPRO Championships and won his first major
Iker Flores Galarza (born July 28, 1976 in Galdakao, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, who in 2007 will race for the new Fuerteventura-Canarias team. Flores turned professional with Euskaltel-Euskadi in 1999, and took the overall victory at the Tour de l'Avenir, along with one stage, in 2000. However, since then, Flores has not added any professional victories, and finished the 2005 Tour de France as Lanterne Rouge, as did his brother Igor Flores in 2002. Flores is known for his attacking style of riding.
Jacques Anquetil (8 January 1934 – 18 November 1987) was a French road racing cyclist and the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, in 1957 and from 1961 to 1964. He stated before the 1961 Tour that he would gain the yellow jersey on day one and wear it all through the tour, a tall order with two previous winners in the field—Charly Gaul and Federico Bahamontes—but he did just that. His victories in stage races such as the Tour were built on an exceptional ability to ride alone against the clock in individual time trial stages, which lent him the name "Monsieur Chrono".
Anquetil was the son of a builder in Mont-Saint-Aignan, in the hills above Rouen in Normandy, north-west France. He lived there with his parents, Ernest and Marie, and his brother Philippe and then at Boisguillaume in a two-storey house, "one of those houses with exposed beams that tourists think are pretty but those who live there find uncomfortable."
In 1941, his father refused contracts to work on military installations for the German occupiers and his work dried up. Other members of the family worked in strawberry farming and Anquetil's father followed them, moving to the hamlet of
Bobbie Traksel (born 3 November 1981 in Tiel) is a Dutch professional racing cyclist for Landbouwkrediet-Euphony. In 2000, Traksel showed considerable promise by winning the Under-23 version of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and turned professional in 2001 with Rabobank. In 2002, Traksel's surprise win at the Veenendaal–Veenendaal showed his speed and bicycle smarts. But Traksel's achievements in 2008, highlighted by winning the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen garnered him wider respect in the cycling community. In 2010 he won Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne after a long breakaway. The race was heavily influenced by the weather. Many favourites retired from the race due to the cold weather, rain and wind. Traksel proved himself as a real fighter with this win.
Oliver Zaugg (born 9 May 1981) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He has previously ridden for Saunier Duval-Prodir, Gerolsteiner, and Liquigas.
Zaugg won his first major race in 2011, the Giro di Lombardia. He attacked on the Villa Vergano climb with 10 kilometers to go, soloing on to victory. He was chased relentlessly by the leading group, but the chasers could not get to him. He crossed the finish line in Lecco with an advantage of 15 seconds over his nearest rival, Daniel Martin of Garmin-Cervélo. In 2012, he tried to defend his title at the Giro di Lombardia and put in a great performance, finishing in the chase group in eight position as Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha) claimed the victory.
Zaugg will leave RadioShack-Nissan at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for the 2013 season.
Pascal Lino (born in Sartrouville, Yvelines on August 13, 1966) is a French former road racing cyclist.
Lino turned professional in 1988, and is most famous for being the wearer of the yellow jersey of the 1992 Tour de France for 11 days. He represented his native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in the Men's Points Race.
Íñigo Cuesta López de Castro (born 2 June 1969 in Villarcayo, Burgos) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. Cuesta turned professional in 1994 for the Basque Euskadi-Petronor team. Here his results included a second place in 1995 Vuelta a Asturias, and in 1996 he signed a contract with Spanish team ONCE. Cuesta would have to wait until 1998 before he won his first race, the overall victory in the stage race Vuelta al País Vasco. In securing the stage race win, he proved his talent as both a climber and time trialist, though not on the level of the Grand Tours.
Even though he won a second triumph, a stage in the 2000 Dauphiné Libéré, he didn't get his contract renewed. Instead he signed with Cofidis, after his initial new employer, Linda McCartney Racing Team, went bankrupt before the season started. His four years at Cofidis didn't provide Cuesta with any more wins, his biggest result a 13th place in the 2001 Vuelta a España. In 2005 he changed to Saunier Duval-Prodir, where he won stage 5 in Volta a Catalunya, during the early ProTour season. Though he still had one year remaining of his contract, Íñigo Cuesta changed to Team CSC before the 2006 season. Here he
Marc Wauters (born 23 February 1969 in Hasselt, Belgium) is a former Belgian cyclist who was professional from 1991 until 2006. The 2004 Olympian, nicknamed The Soldier was a member of the Rabobank cycling team of the UCI ProTour since 1998 and had to end his career several weeks short because of a broken collarbone which he suffered during a training on 20 September 2006.
Wauters participated at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where he took part in both the road race and the time trial without any success. In his early career, between 1991 and 1996 he won several of the smaller road races in The Netherlands and Belgium he was cycling in. The only exception to this was his win in the 5th stage of the 1995 Vuelta a Andalucía.
In 1997 and 1998 Wauters didn't win a single race, although he became 7th at the World Cycling Championships 1998, his highest position in this event during his career. From 1999 on after winning the GP Eddy Merckx he started achieving wins again. In this year he also won Paris–Tours, 2 stages in the Tour de Luxembourg plus the overall ranking and the overall classification in the Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt. Trying to
Michael Allen King (b. June 30, 1969 in Washington, D.C. U.S.) is an "Old School/Mid School" former professional Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1984 to 1998 and is also a former Mountain Bike (MTB) racer who prime competitive years in that discipline were 1993 to 2004.
Mike King is the younger sibling of one of the most respected brother combinations of BMX racing: Eddy & Mike King. They were at least on the par with the famous Ronnie and Richie Anderson brothers and second only to the best sibling combination of all the Brothers Brian and Brent Patterson. Of the two King brothers Mike had a more dominating career in terms of national titles he won as an amateur and professional. As with most brother combinations the younger brother often live in the shadow of the elder and Eddy King was a well-respected racer with a long career. Mike came out of his brother's shadow when he won his first national title when he became the American Bicycle Association's national number one amateur for 1984, still without a nickname at the time although he was also known as "Mikey". After he became a pro the handle of "The Snake" seemed to be applied to him.
Moisés Dueñas Nevado (born May 10, 1981 in Béjar) is a Spanish road racing cyclist who rode for UCI Professional Continental team Barloworld. He was thrown out of the 2008 edition of the Tour de France.
On 16 July 2008, just before the 11th stage of the Tour, the French Anti-Doping Agency (the AFLD) reported that he had tested positive for the banned substance Erythropoietin.
Daniele Bennati (born September 24, 1980) is an Italian road racing cyclist specializing in fast sprint finishes. He currently rides for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He turned professional in 2002, when he joined the team Acqua e Sapone-Cantina Tollo and wore zebra stripes as part of Mario Cipollini’s leadout train. Upon joining the Lampre-Caffita team in 2005, he demonstrated the ability to win on his own, and has continued to do so since joining Liquigas in 2008. He is an excellent sprinter, and has won 10 stages in Grand Tours (two in the Tour de France, three in the Giro d’Italia, and six in the Vuelta a España). He won the points jersey in the 2007 Vuelta a España. In 2008 he also won the points jersey in the Giro d'Italia.
Bennati was born at Arezzo, Tuscany, into a family of cyclists. His father did well as an amateur, and his brother raced as a junior. Daniele entered and won his first race at the age of 9. As an amateur he raced in the Grassi Mapei team, and won a stage of the Giro delle Regioni.
At the age of 21 Bennati turned pro and joined the Acqua & Sapone team of the successful Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini. Bennati soon showed an ability to sprint of his own:
Daphny van den Brand, (born April 6, 1978 in Zeeland, North Brabant) is a Dutch cyclo-cross, road bicycle and mountain bike racer.
Daphny van den Brand started her cycling at eight. She won races thanks to her sprint.
Van den Brand joined the Dutch junior team. She won her first medal as a junior in 1993 during the cyclo-cross race in Sint-Michielsgestel, where she finished third .
Dutch mountain bike manager Leo van Zeeland asked her in 1994 to race on a mountain bike. Van den Brand took part in a race in Bergschenhoek and finished in fifth position. She rode the European and world junior mountain biking championships and finished seventh in both.
Van den Brand then concentrated on mountain biking and cyclo-cross. She won eight national cyclo-cross championships and the cyclo-cross world championship in 2003 in Monopoli. She also won four world bronze medals, a silver at the European championship in 2005 and gold at the 2006 UCI Cyclo-cross European Championships. In mountain biking she won a gold, a silver and a bronze medal in national championships between 2001 and 2003.
Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (born April 1, 1977 in Usurbil, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road racing cyclist who rides for RadioShack-Nissan on the UCI ProTour.
Zubeldia turned professional in 1998. He is a consistent rider on the UCI ProTour especially in the Grand Tours and stage races. His team considers him as a strong climber and time-trialist.
His first success was in 2000, when he won The Euskal Bizikleta and finished 2nd in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in overall classification and winning the Young Rider competition. He finished 4th in the same race in 2002 where he also won the young rider's classifaction for the second time.
In the Tour de France, Zubeldia's highest overall placing is 5th in 2003 and again in 2007. In the 2003 Tour, he had some great finishes against Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich in the mountains and time-trial. After this strong performance he backed it up with a 15th and 8th in the Tour de France in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He finished 16th in The 2011 Tour de France. He also put in a good result in 2012 where he finished 6th overall. Zubeldia has also performed well in the Vuelta a España finishing 10th twice in 2000 and 2002.
Jakob Storm Piil (born 9 March 1973 in Virum, Copenhagen) is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer, where he later lived many years in Odense. He is an all-round rider, known for his aggressive style of riding, whose speciality is to pick the right breakaways. He is the cousin of Danish former professional bicycle racer Jørgen V. Pedersen.
He started his career as a track racer, riding six-day races with shifting partners, including the Danish riders Michael Sandstød, Tayeb Braikia, and Jimmi Madsen. In 1997 he signed up for the RDM professional cycling team, getting only a handful of top-ten results in his first year as a pro. He moved to Danish Team Acceptcard in 1998, where he got the first, minor, victory of his career at the GP Skive in 1998. 1999 was his professional breakthrough with many good results, and a meriting win of the USPRO Championship. In 2000, he switched to Team CSC, back then known as Team Memory Card - Jack & Jones.
His first year at Team CSC wasn't entirely successful, as a crash into a car just before the Milan – San Remo ruined the first four months of his season, though he still managed a few minor results. 2001 was a better season for Piil, as
Jimmy Engoulvent (born December 7, 1979 in Le Mans) is a French road racing cyclist who rides for Saur-Sojasun. He is a prologue time trial specialist, having won many prologues throughout his career, he also specializes in small field sprints. He was the lanterne rouge of the 2012 Tour de France, as he finished last of the 153 riders to complete the Tour.
Koldo Fernández de Larrea (born September 13, 1981 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Garmin-Sharp. He turned professional in 2004 with the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, and remained with the team until the end of 2011.
Bastiaan "Bas" Giling (born November 4, 1982 in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer for UCI Continental team Team Designa Køkken, having previously ridden for UCI ProTour T-Mobile Team.
Giling is the cousin of cyclists Matthé Pronk and Jos Pronk.
Fabian Cancellara (born 18 March 1981) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. A time trial specialist, he is a four-time World Time Trial Champion, seven-time Swiss National Time Trial Champion, and was the 2008 Olympic gold medalist. He is also a winner of Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix (twice), Milan – San Remo, Tirreno–Adriatico, Tour de Suisse, Strade Bianche (twice), and five prologues of the Tour de France. Of all riders who have never won the Tour de France, Cancellara has worn the yellow jersey for the most days, 28.
Cancellara was born in Wohlen bei Bern, a municipality near the city of Bern, Switzerland to an Italian mother and a Swiss-German father. He discovered cycling at the age of 13 after falling in love with an old family bike that he had found in the garage and immediately gave up football to concentrate on cycling.
Cancellara's cycling skills began to blossom at an early age, when he impressed as a time trialist and dominated Swiss junior cycling. Yvan Girard, Swiss national junior team coach from 1997 to 2005, was quoted saying that Cancellara was head and shoulders above everyone else in the time trials. He won the junior
Markus Fothen (born September 9, 1981 in Kaarst) is a German road racing cyclist, currently riding for the German continental Team NSP-Ghost.
In 2003 Fothen won the under-23 World Championship time trial in Hamilton, Canada. He completed the 30.8 km course in 38:35.29, beating his nearest rival by nearly 20 seconds.
During 2006 Tour de France, Fothen held the maillot blanc for 13 stages, losing it to Damiano Cunego on the 17th stage. He finished the Tour 38 seconds behind Cunego.
Ivan Basso (born 26 November 1977 in Gallarate, Province of Varese) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who is currently racing with UCI ProTeam Liquigas-Cannondale. Basso, nicknamed Ivan the Terrible, is among the best mountain riders in the professional field in the 21st century, and is considered one of the strongest stage race riders. He is a double winner of the Giro d'Italia, having won the 2006 edition and the 2010 edition of the Italian Grand Tour whilst riding for Team CSC in 2006 and for Liquigas in 2010. However, in 2007 Basso admitted he was planning to use doping and was suspended for two years. His suspension ended on October 24, 2008, and he returned to racing two days later in the Japan Cup, where he placed a close third behind Damiano Cunego and Giovanni Visconti.
He was born in Gallarate, in the province of Varese in Lombardy. There he grew up next door to Claudio Chiappucci, a former three-time stage winner in the Tour de France who was suspended for two years after being proven guilty of doping several times.
As an amateur, he finished second in the 1995 junior World Championships and his first big result was winning the U-23 World Championships in
Karsten Kroon (born January 29, 1976 in Dalen) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer who currently rides for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, a UCI ProTeam.
Kroon showed his talent as an amateur by winning the professional Ronde van Drenthe in 1996. He joined the Rabobank youth squad in 1997 and won a number of amateur races in two years. In 1999, he moved to the senior squad. His few wins included stage 8, on Bastille Day, of the 2002 Tour de France. Kroon and his team-mate, Erik Dekker, finished in a seven-man group, and Kroon won a stage in his first Tour de France with the help of the more experienced Dekker. Kroon led the mountain jersey competition in each of the three Grand Tours, though his lead did not last to the end.
On 10 August 2005 he said that, until 2007, he was to ride for Saxo Bank. He wanted more freedom. "I've never said that I want to be leader," he told CyclingNews.com, "I only want to get chances". In March and April 2006, he was joint team captain in ProTour races. He finished in the top ten of Tirreno–Adriatico and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. He helped Fränk Schleck win the Amstel Gold Race by disrupting the chase when Schleck attacked; Kroon finished
Philippe Gilbert (born 5 July 1982 in Remouchamps (Aywaille)) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team BMC Racing Team. Gilbert is a classics specialist and is the current Road Cycling World Champion for the 2012-13 season. He is the second person (and first Belgian) in history to win all three Ardennes classics in a single year.
Gilbert has won several classic cycle races, including Paris-Tours (2008, 2009), Giro di Lombardia (2009, 2010), Amstel Gold Race (2010, 2011), La Flèche Wallonne (2011), Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2011) and Clásica de San Sebastián (2011). He has also won a stage at the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France and four stages at the Vuelta a España.
Gilbert turned professional in 2003 by joining FDJeux.com after riding as stagiaire for the team in late 2000. During this season he recorded his first victory by winning a stage in Tour de l'Avenir. In 2004 he began by winning a stage in the Tour Down Under as well as the young rider classification. He participated in the men's road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics where he finished 49th. He also won the Paris–Corrèze. In 2005 he won several races in France, which allowed him to win the Coupe
Igor González de Galdeano Aranzabal (born November 1, 1973 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country) is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer and a former team manager of UCI ProTeam Euskaltel-Euskadi. Following a promising start to his career at Vitalicio Seguros, where he finished the 1999 Vuelta a España in second place, González de Galdeano became a key rival of Lance Armstrong in the middle of his Tour de France supremacy. In the 2002 Tour de France, González de Galdeano wore the yellow jersey for seven days and in the 2003 Vuelta a España wore the gold jersey for one day. At an average speed of 55.17 km/h, González de Galdeano also holds the record for the fastest stage win in the Vuelta a España, a feat which earned him the nickname Speedy González.
González de Galdeano turned professional in 1995 with the Basque team Euskadi (which is now Euskaltel-Euskadi), which at the time was only in its second year of racing and suffering from financial hardship. During his three seasons at Euskadi, González de Galdeano achieved two stage victories and a number of sprints and mountains classifications. For the 1999 season, González de Galdeano moved on to the Spanish Vitalicio
Julian Dean (born 28 January 1975 in Waihi, New Zealand) is a road racing cyclist who rides for Orica-GreenEDGE. His main achievements include winning the 2007 and 2008 New Zealand National Road Race Championships, and finishing 9th in the 2005 World Road Championships in Madrid. This is one better than his 10th place finish in 2002 in Zolder.
Dean is the son of Waimata dairy farmers Peter and Valerie Dean. "Grasshopper", as he was locally known, started cycling when he was just a child, beginning at the local BMX club in Waihi, where he had success with two 3rd place finishes in the New Zealand Championships. Dean tried his hand at many sports before moving onto triathlon, which he enjoyed. From triathlon Dean soon fell in love with cycling, where he represented New Zealand in road and track. In 1997 Dean got his chance to race in the U.S. with the Shaklee team and the Mercury cycling team in 1998.
In 1999, Dean signed to the now defunct US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, whom he rode for until 2001, gaining experience from racing in Europe. He managed his first european victories with 2 stage wins in the tour of Britain.After having ridden in a team based around Lance Armstrong
Luke Roberts (born 25 January 1977) is an Australian racing cyclist specialising in both track cycling and road bicycle racing, on Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for road racing.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, he resides both in Adelaide and in Cologne, Germany. Coming from a cycle racing family, he started competitive cycling at the age of 13, and turned professional in 2002. He was a was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. and a member of the Comnet Senges team (2002–2004), and of Team CSC from 2005 to 2007. As a team and individual pursuit specialist, holding an Olympic gold medal and World record with the Australian Pursuit team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he contributes particularly to the success of his team in time trial events.
In 2003 he was awarded the title of Australian Male Track Cyclist of the Year. In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day Honours List. In 2002, 2003 and 2004 he was a World Champion Team pursuit, and won the silver medal in 2002 and 2003 for the World Individual Pursuit Championship.
At the Olympic level, Luke Roberts has competed as part of the Australian cycling team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in
Nicki Sørensen (born 14 May 1975) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer currently riding for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. He has competed in five consecutive editions of the Tour de France from 2001 to 2005, riding as an all-round rider who rides well in hilly terrain, Sørensen is a valued support for the team captain without many wins of his own.
Sørensen did not start his cycling career before the age of 19, having been a runner before that. He became a professional road bicycle racer in 1999 for team Team Chicky World. After the team closed down, Sørensen switched to another Denmark based team, Team Fakta where he made a good name for himself on the Danish stage as one of the strongest cards of Team Fakta, securing himself a place on the Danish team for the 2000 Olympics.
Before the 2001 season, Sørensen was on the verge of joining English Linda McCartney Racing Team but instead opted to stay in Denmark with Team CSC – World Online, as Team Saxo Bank was then known. In his first year with the team he participated in the 2001 Tour de France where he got a taste of success with a fourth place on stage 16. Since then, Sørensen has been a consistent part of the Tour setup for
Saul Raisin (born January 6, 1983 in Dalton, Georgia) is an American former professional road bicycle racer with UCI ProTeam Crédit Agricole.
Raisin began racing mountain bikes at 13, and moved to road bikes when he was 17.
Raisin had a good start to his professional career with Crédit Agricole in 2005, coming 37th in the Tour de Suisse, later having the best result of his career with a 13th place in the Int. Österreich-Rundfahrt (or Tour of Austria). He then went on to win the King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour de l'Avenir.
In early 2006 Raisin won the third stage of the Le Tour de Langkawi and ended the Malaysian Tour placed eleventh overall. In 2003 Saul won Best Young Rider at the Tour de Georgia. At the 2006 Tour of California Raisin came 17th overall. He raced the Milan – San Remo in March and on April 4 was racing in the first stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe. Two kilometres from the finish Raisin clipped a wheel, crashed and landed on his head, breaking his clavicle and hip.
At the hospital in Angers, France, doctors took hourly CAT scans which showed that a intracranial hemorrhage had formed in Raisin's brain. A neurosurgeon operated to relieve the pressure and had
Stéphane Augé (born December 6, 1974 in Pau) is a French former road racing cyclist. He is currently a sporting director for UCI Professional Continental team Cofidis. While he had a contract to ride competitively with them in the 2011 season, he chose instead to retire as a cyclist and fill an opening in the team's management. He was known to be part of the escapees in every first stage of the Tour de France.
Danilo Hondo (born January 4, 1974 in Guben, Brandenburg) is a German professional road bicycle racer, for Lampre-ISD. He was banned from professional cycling and then later won his appeal to return to the sport.
In 2005, Hondo was suspended and fired after testing positive for carphedon at the 2005 Vuelta a Murcia. Originally suspended for two years, Hondo's suspension was cut to 1 year in June 2005. In January 2006, Hondo had his ban extended to 2 years when he lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In March 2006, has won his appeal in civil court, which gave Hondo an early end to his suspension.
Hendrik "Erik" Dekker (born 21 August 1970) is a retired Dutch professional road racing cyclist active from 1992 until 2006. He was a member of the Rabobank cycling team from 1996 till 2006. In 2007 he became one of Rabobank's team managers.
Dekker rode his first race at eight, and soon became successful. In 1985 he was invited to join the national selection for juniors. As an amateur, his most important results were second places at the youth world championships in Bergamo in 1987 and at the road race in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In that Olympic road race, Dekker got away at 30 km before the finish, together with Fabio Casartelli and Dainis Ozols. Dekker was outsprinted by Casartelli, but was so happy that he won a medal that he also finished with his arms in the air.
Directly after the Olympic Games, he became professional, and rode his first race a few weeks later in the Tour de l'Avenir.
His first win as a professional was a stage of the Vuelta al País Vasco of 1994, the year he rode his first Tour de France. In 1997 Dekker won the Ronde van Nederland, but a large part of 1998 was lost because of injuries.
In 1999, Dekker was sanctioned for a few weeks because of a too high
Johan Bruyneel (born 23 August 1964, Izegem, Belgium) is a former road bicycle racer in professional cycling and a former directeur sportif for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. Retiring from racing in 1998, he became director of US Postal (later known as Discovery Channel), a US-based UCI ProTour cycling team. He produced eight Tour de France wins with US Postal/Discovery, with Lance Armstrong from 1999–2005 and Alberto Contador in 2007. Following the 2007 season, the team disbanded and Bruyneel became the director of the Astana team beginning in 2008, and achieved victories in each of cycling's Grand Tours with Contador with Astana. Bruyneel was dismissed from his post at RadioShack Nissan Trek on 12 October 2012 in the wake of the publication of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's reasoned decision into the investigation of Lance Armstrong.
Bruyneel was a successful professional cyclist. Early wins included the 1990 Tour de l'Avenir, the 1991 Rund um den Henninger Turm, the 1992 Grand Prix des Nations and Coppa Placci, and stage 6 (Evreux > Amiens) and finishing 7th at the 1993 Tour de France. His stage win set the record for fastest stage at 49.417 km/h, since then only
}} Sylvain Chavanel Albira (born 30 June 1979) is a French professional road bicycle racer. His brother Sébastien Chavanel is also a cyclist. Chavanel started his professional career in 2000 with Jean-René Bernaudeau's team Bonjour, which became Brioches La Boulangère in 2003. He is currently riding for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. He is left-handed.
Chavanel was born in Châtellerault, France, although his family roots are in Spain. His great-grandparents were from Huesca, in the Aragon region. His grandfather was born in Barcelona and moved to Châtellerault during the Spanish civil war. Other members of the family still live in Aragon. It is the Spanish link that gives Chavanel the double name of Chavanel-Albeira, although he uses it only on official forms. He said: "Last year , when the Vuelta was in Zaragoza, I got to know the cousin of mine using a journalist as the translator and she gave me a picture of my grandfather when he was young. Despite my origins, I hardly know a word of Spanish – just swear words.".
As a child he played in the garden with models of racing cyclists. He said:
Chavanel began cycling at Châtellerault school when he was eight. He gave up to
Tomas Vaitkus (born February 4, 1982 in Klaipėda) is a Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Orica-GreenEDGE.
Vaitkus, nicknamed Tomas the Tank Engine, made his Tour de France debut in the 2007 edition but had to abandon after a serious crash at the end of stage two. Team RadioShack announced that he would be joining the team in 2010. He rejoined Astana in 2011. On 29 August 2011, it was announced that Vaitkus would join GreenEDGE for its inaugural season in 2012.
Wilfried Peeters (born 10 July 1964 in Mol) is a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer. Nowadays, he is sportif director of the Quick Step team. During his cycling-career, he was a major help for Johan Museeuw in classics such as the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris–Roubaix.
Alessandro Ballan (born 6 November 1979 in Castelfranco Veneto, Veneto) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTour team BMC Racing Team, and is a former world champion. Although he possesses a frame that is usually more associated with climbing, Ballan has established himself as a leading spring classics contender in recent years. His nickname, Bontempino, is a diminutive reference to Guido Bontempi, to whom he bears a resemblance.
Ballan turned professional in 2004 with the Lampre team. Despite a decent amateur career, Ballan was not sought after by professional teams, and required a little bit of help to secure a professional contract. In his first season, Ballan worked as a domestique for Romāns Vainšteins and Gianluca Bortolami.
In 2005, Ballan was given the opportunity to aim for high placings in the spring classics and achieved a stage victory and second overall in the Three Days of De Panne, along with sixth place in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, having attacked the leading group with 37 km to go. Later in the season, he achieved his first ProTour victory in taking stage 4 of the Eneco Tour of Benelux.
In 2006, Ballan started his spring classics campaign as
Benjamín Noval González (born 23 January 1979 in Mieres, Asturias) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. Noval turned professional in 2001, riding for Relax-Gam for three years before switching to US Postal (later Discovery Channel), where he stayed for four years. Noval switched to Astana for 2008, and for the 2011 season joined compatriots and team-mates Alberto Contador, Jesús Hernández and Daniel Navarro in signing for Saxo Bank-SunGard.
David Millar (born 4 January 1977, Mtarfa, Malta) is a Scottish road racing cyclist riding for Garmin-Sharp. He has won five stages of the Tour de France, two of the Vuelta a España and one Stage of the Giro d'Italia. He was the British national road champion and the national time trial champion, both in 2007. He is the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys and one of five to have worn the yellow jersey. He was also the first (of two) British riders ever to have worn the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours. He was banned for two years in 2004 after admitting taking banned performance-enhancing drugs, but four years after his return he won the silver medal at the World Time Trial Championships. He is not related to fellow Scottish cyclist Robert Millar.
David Millar is one of two children of Gordon and Avril Millar. His father was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and Millar was born while his father was based in Malta for a 3 year tour of duty. His sister Frances also works in cycling, currently as the head of business operations for Team Sky. The family returned to the UK, and lived at RAF Kinloss in Scotland before moving to Aylesbury, 60 km north-west of
Jonathan Page (September 16, 1976 in Tilton, New Hampshire, USA) is an American bicycle racer specializing in cyclo-cross and road racing. He was the USA Cycling National Cyclo-cross Champion in 2002 (primary sponsor Richard Sachs), 2003 and 2004 (primary sponsor Cervélo), 2005-2007 (Unsponsored privateer), 2007-Current (primary sponsor Planet Bike). He currently lives in Oudenaarde, Belgium.
Filippo "Pippo" Pozzato (born 10 September 1981 in Sandrigo, Veneto) is an Italian road racing cyclist with UCI Professional Continental Team Farnese Vini-Selle Italia.
Pozzato turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei cycling team, part of the famous classe di '81 a group of emerging young riders born in 1981 who were part of the Mapei TT3 development team. Other alumni include Fabian Cancellara and Bernhard Eisel, and Eastern Europeans Kolobnev and Gryschenko.
After Mapei ended its sponsorship in 2002 Pozzato joined Giancarlo Ferretti's Fassa Bortolo cycling team. Despite his win of Tirreno–Adriatico in 2003 and a stage win in the 2004 Tour de France, personality clashes with Ferretti meant that Pozzato suffered poor years with Fassa Bortolo in 2002–2004. During this period he was injured for some time and had to work for star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi at other times.
During the 2004 season he was chosen to be part of the Italian 2004 Olympics team in support of team leader Paolo Bettini who went on to win the event. He re-established contact with several managers and directeurs sportif of Quick Step-Innergetic. The Quick Step-Innergetic team expressed interest and Pozzato
Luis Alberto "Lucho" Herrera Herrera known as "el jardinerito" (the little gardener) (born May 4, 1961 in Fusagasugá, Colombia) is a retired Colombian road racing cyclist. Herrera was a professional from 1985 to 1992 but had a successful amateur career before that in Colombia.
He entered his first Vuelta a Colombia in 1981 where he finished 16th overall and 3rd in the New Rider competition. Although he abandoned his second Vuelta a Colombia in 1982, he won Colombia's second major stage-race the Clásico RCN. In 1983 Herrera won Clásico RCN again as well as two stages and finishing second overall to Alfonso Florez Ortiz in the 1983 Vuelta a Colombia. In 1984 he would win the Vuelta a Colombia, the Clásico RCN as well as winning stage 17 to Alpe d'Huez in the 1984 Tour de France, becoming the first Colombian to win a stage of the race. He would win the Vuelta a Colombia and the Clásico RCN four times each but his greatest achievement was in 1987, when he won the Vuelta a España, the first South American to win a Grand Tour. Herrera also won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in 1988 and 1991 and five "King of the Mountains" jerseys from the three Grand Tours.
Luis Herrera is the second
Roberto Heras Hernández (born 1 February 1974) is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer who won the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) a record-tying three times. He broke the record with a fourth win in 2005, but was disqualified for taking EPO. In June 2011, Heras successfully appealed the disqualification in the civil court of Castilla y León. However, it is not yet clear whether the court was competent in awarding the victory to Heras.
Heras turned professional in 1995 for the Spanish cycling team Kelme. His first win as a pro came in 1996 in the Subida al Naranco. Later that year he won the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España. Next year he won another stage at the Vuelta and the Clásica de Amorebieta. In 1999 he won stages at the Volta a Catalunya and the Giro d'Italia, and he stood for the first time on the Vuelta's podium, third despite not winning a stage. In 2000 he took two stages and the overall win, which attracted the US Postal cycling team.
From 2001, he raced alongside Lance Armstrong on the US Postal Service team. As a climbing specialist, he assisted Armstrong in the mountain stages of the Tour de France. Heras achieved his highest position in the 2000 Tour
Rolf Järmann (born January 31, 1966 in Arbon) is a retired road bicycle racer from Switzerland, who was a professional rider from 1988 to 1999. He twice won the Amstel Gold Race (1993 and 1998) during his career. According to a cyclingnews.com report, in his book, Doping, Spitzensport als gesellschaftliches Problem (Doping, Top Sport as a Social Problem) Järmann admits to using EPO.
Constant ("Stan") Ockers (3 February 1920, Borgerhout – 1 October 1956, Antwerp) was a Belgian professional racing cyclist.
He was runner-up in the Tour de France in 1950 and 1952, and the best sprinter in that race in 1955 and 1956. In 1955 he won the Classic "Ardennes double" by winning La Flèche Wallonne and the Liège–Bastogne–Liège in the same year. At this time the races were run on successive days as "Le Weekend Ardennais". He also won the World Cycling Championship that year.
Stan Ockers died after crashing during a track race in Antwerp in 1956. A year later a monument was built in Les Forges, Sprimont, in the south of Belgium.
José Bento Azevedo Carvalho (born 19 September 1973 in Vila do Conde, Grande Porto) is a Portuguese former professional road racing cyclist. As of 2010, he is also a team manager with Team RadioShack. During his racing career, Azevedo rode for ONCE-Eroski between 2001 and 2003 and for US Postal between 2004 and 2006.
Azevedo's principal career successes have been fifth overall at the 2001 Giro d'Italia, sixth overall at the 2002 Tour de France and fifth overall at the 2004 Tour de France. He also made a second place in the Germany Tour, just behind Michael Rogers. He won the queen-stage of the German competition.
Until 2005 he was a renowned domestique; his primary role was to serve as Lance Armstrong's lieutenant in mountain stages, specifically stages in the Pyrenees Mountains.Lance Armstrong described him as the best lieutenant he has ever had. Nicknamed "The Ace", he moved to US Postal (which became the now-defunct Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) from Team ONCE (also defunct) in 2004.
Azevedo claimed the highest finish in the general classification amongst his Discovery Channel teammates in the 2006 Tour de France. Azevedo finished 18th overall, 37 minutes and 11 seconds
Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer. He is also the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. He last rode for UCI ProTeam Team RadioShack, a team he helped found.
In October 1996 he was diagnosed as having testicular cancer with a tumor that had metastasized to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy, and his prognosis was originally poor. He went on to win the Tour de France each year from 1999 to 2005, and is the only person to win seven times having broken the previous record of five wins shared by Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, and Jacques Anquetil.
In 1999, he was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 2000 he won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports. In 2002, Sports Illustrated magazine named him Sportsman of the Year. He was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the years 2002–2005. He received ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male
Iban Mayo Diez (born August 19, 1977, in Igorre, Basque Country, Spain) is a professional road bicycle racer. His successes have been overshadowed by doping.
Renowned as a climber, Mayo turned pro with Euskaltel-Euskadi in 2000, and became one of the Basque Country's prospects for glory. He stayed with Euskaltel-Euskadi throughout 2000-2006. The biggest result came in the 2003 Tour de France, when he won a stage up Alpe d'Huez. He finished the Tour sixth.
In 2004 he won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, regarded as preparation for the Tour de France. He beat Lance Armstrong by 2 minutes in a time trial on Mont Ventoux, breaking the record. He was seen as a dangerous outsider for the Tour de France in the same year. It turned out a disappointment. After losing time due to a crash, he lost more in the Pyrenees due to injuries and mononucleosis. He quit before the 15th stage.
After a lackluster 2005, in 2006 he returned in the Dauphiné Libéré with 2nd place in Briançon and a win on the stage to La Toussuire. He was seen as a contender for the 2006 Tour de France, but retired during the 11th stage.
In 2007 Mayo rode for Saunier Duval-Prodir, taking his first Giro d'Italia stage win. On
Robert Julich, most commonly referred to as Bobby Julich, (born on November 18, 1971, in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for Team CSC in the UCI ProTour racing series. He got his international breakthrough when he finished 3rd overall in the 1998 Tour de France race, but has since ridden mainly as a supporting rider. He is a strong time trialist who won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Individual Time Trial and combined with his high versatility he has won a number of stage races on the international circuits. In September 2008, he announced his retirement as a professional cyclist.
He served as a technical Director for Team SaxoBank until in November 2010 it was announced that he would move to Team Sky for the 2011 season as a Race Coach
Born in Texas, Julich has resided in Glenwood Springs, Colorado since childhood with a brief time in Philadelphia, PA where he met his wife. Most of his living relatives reside in the New York area. Bobby Julich got his start in cycling winning the Red Zinger Mini Classics youth bicycle race in 1985. As an amateur cyclist Bobby Julich won the 1990 Junior National Cyclo-Cross
Frédéric Moncassin (Saubens, France, 26 September 1968) is a French former road racing cyclist. He turned professional in 1990 and retired in 1999.
Moncassin was a strong roadman-sprinter known for his tussles with other riders in the last metres of a race. He clashed with Tom Steels and Mario Cipollini among others. He won 30 races and led the Tour de France for a day in 1996. He also came close to winning the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. Procycling said when he retired: "It was the 1998 Tour that, in hindsight, probably spelt the end for Fred. Under intense pressure to come up with a stage win, he struggled through the first week, only to see the race collapse around him as the Festina Scandal took hold. His unfashionable criticism of Richard Virenque - "he's an asshole and you can quote me," he told the French paper 'La Dépêche' at the time - allied to his own poor form, and his increasingly public concern that all cyclists were now tarred with the same brush, left him as a fringe character."
Moncassin was selector for the French national road team from 2004 to 2008, ahwn he was succeeded by Laurent Jalabert.
Ivan Gotti (born March 28, 1969) is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist.
Gotti was born at San Pellegrino Terme, Lombardy. He first came to prominence by finishing 5th overall in the 1995 Tour de France. The highlights of his career are his two overall wins in the 1997 and 1999 Giro d'Italia.
WD = Withdrew
Jack Bobridge (born 13 July 1989 in Adelaide) is an Australian professional racing cyclist. He came fourth as part of the Australian team pursuit at the 2008 Olympics, losing the bronze medal race to New Zealand. In May 2009, Bobridge signed with Garmin-Slipstream, with his contract starting on 1 January 2010 and had been contracted to race with the team until 2012. He left the team at the end of 2011, and joined GreenEDGE for the 2012 season.
In September 2009 he won the under-23 time trial at the UCI Road World Championships. In January 2011 he became the Australian National Road Race Champion with a daring solo breakaway. On 2 February 2011, he set a new world record for the track 4k individual pursuit. Bobridge was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
Bobridge will leave Orica-GreenEDGE at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Rabobank on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
Wim Vansevenant (born 23 December 1971 in Diksmuide) is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer. In his early years he was active mainly in Bovekerke, where he lived with his parents, and its surroundings. Later he moved to Torhout where he has a small farm. Vansevenant turned professional in 1995.
Vansevenant has been lanterne rouge of the Tour de France three times, in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is the only man ever to have finished last three times. "“Lanterne rouge is not a position you go for,” Vansevenant told journalist Sam Abt in 2006. “It comes for you.”
Vansevenant retired after the 2008 season with plans to take over his parents' farm.
In June, 2011, Vansevenant was accused of importing doping products into Belgium. He has claimed that the products were for his own personal use.
Alexander Nikolaevich Vinokourov, (Russian: Александр Николаевич Винокуров; born 16 September 1973 in Beskol near Petropavl) is a Kazakh professional road bicycle racer who currently competes with the UCI ProTeam Astana. His achievements include two bronze medals at the World Championships, four stage wins in the Tour de France, four in the Vuelta a España plus the overall title in 2006, two Liège–Bastogne–Liège monuments, one Amstel Gold Race, and most recently, the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics Men's Road Race. Vinokourov is a past national champion of Kazakhstan, and a dual-medalist at the Summer Olympics.
Vinokourov began cycling in 1984 as an 11 year-old, competing within the former Soviet Union. He moved to France in 1997 to finish his amateur career, and then turned professional there in 1998. After almost a decade as a professional, Vinokourov was caught blood-doping during the 2007 Tour de France, which triggered the withdrawal of the entire Astana team from that year's race. After a 2-year suspension from competition, he returned to cycling in August 2009, riding first for the national team of Kazakhstan and then for his beloved Astana. A serious crash during the
Cristian Moreni (born November 21, 1972 in Asola) is an Italian road racing cyclist who rode for Cofidis, le Crédit par Téléphone in the UCI ProTour.
Moreni tested positive for testosterone at the end of the 11th stage of the 2007 Tour de France, on July 25, 2007 (stage 16). He was arrested after stage 16 by French gendarmes. He pleaded guilty, and did not request that a second sample be tested. Subsequently to his arrest, Cofidis withdrew from the Tour. Moreni was suspended for two years following the scandal.
In 2009, when his suspension ended, Moreni became the first cyclist to pay a fine of one year's salary to the UCI. Moreni wanted to return as a professional cyclist.
Damiano Cunego (born September 19, 1981 in Cerro Veronese, Veneto) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist who rides for the Italian UCI ProTeam Lampre-ISD. His biggest wins are the 2004 Giro d'Italia, the 2008 Amstel Gold Race, and the Giro di Lombardia in 2004, 2007, 2008. He finished second in the UCI Road World Championships in 2008 and in the 2008 UCI ProTour. Primarily a climber, he has improved his Time-Trialing and he is characterized by a great sprinting ability, unusual for a climber. He is considered the best Italian cyclist for classics, after Paolo Bettini's retirement.
Cunego began cycling as a teenager after being a successful cross-country runner. He was discovered by Giuseppe Martinelli who also worked closely with the late Marco Pantani. Cunego turned pro in 2002 at the age of 20 with Saeco Macchine per Caffè-Longoni Sport. Cunego won the Giro d'Oro and the Giro Medio Brenta in his first season as a professional with Saeco in 2002. In 2003 he won the seventh stage and the overall classification of Tour of Qinghai Lake.
He came to prominence in May 2004, winning the Giro d'Italia at the age of 22 with Saeco Macchine per Caffè, which became Lampre-Caffita in
Erwin Vervecken (Herentals, 23 March 1972) is a Belgian professional cyclist specialising in cyclo-cross. He grew up in Lille but now resides in his home town, Herentals, with his wife Liesbeth.
He won the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championship in 2001, 2006, and 2007. In 1998, 1999 and 2005 he was second in the World Cup and in 1994 and 2002 he was third in the World Cup.
Fränk René Schleck (born 15 April 1980) is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. Schleck is the older brother of Andy, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Their father, Johny Schleck, was a professional road bicycle racer between 1965 and 1974, as was their grandfather, Gustave Schleck, who contested events in the 1930s.
Fränk's greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France which finished on the Alpe d'Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, and an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy and Alberto Contador.
He is known for riding knock-kneed and riding a high cadence when climbing.
After riding for the Luxembourg military sports programme, he moved to Italy to ride for De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa. In 2001, he tried out as a stagiaire for Festina, but when the team folded after the season, Schleck was left with no contract. He contacted Team CSC manager Bjarne Riis through their common youth coach Marcel Gilles of the ACC Contern amateur team. Schleck rode 2002 as a stagiaire on Team CSC. He signed a pro contract in 2003, as
Manuel Beltrán Martinez (born 28 May 1971) is a former professional road bicycle racer from Spain. Beltrán won his first professional race at the 1997 Giro d'Italia, winning stage 19. His finishes in the Tour de France are somewhat misleading as he was a lieutenant for his team leader. He was the team leader for numerous Vuelta a España rides and performed well.
Beltrán tested positive for EPO after the first stage of the 2008 Tour de France, according to L'Equipe July 11, 2008. The same date as the news broke, a spokesman for his team Liquigas said he would be suspended from the team and thrown out of that year's tour. It was later confirmed that his B-sample also tested positive.
Beltrán was suspended for two years. In 2010, Beltrán had to pay his former team 100.000 euros because of his positive doping test in the Tour de France.
Michele Bartoli (born Pisa 27 May 1970) is a retired Italian road racing cyclist. He was a single-day race specialist, winning three of the five Monument races. Bartoli won the UCI Road World Cup in 1997 and 1998.
Bartoli turned professional in 1992 with Mercatone Uno-Medeghini-Zucchini and in 1995 moved to the MG-Technogym team of Giancarlo Ferretti. In 1998, Bartoli signed for Asics. In summer 1998, Bartoli joined Mapei. After the Tour de France, won by Marco Pantani, Mapei showed interest in contracting Pantani, and Asics went for another sponsor, but Bartoli left and joined Mapei from 1999 to 2001.
In 1997 and 1998, Bartoli won UCI Road World Cup. From 10 October 1998 to 6 June 1999, Bartoli led the UCI Road World Rankings. During these years, Bartoli was helped by Paolo Bettini, with whom Bartoli had worked in the MG-Technogym and Asics teams. Bettini kept improving. After a crash in the 1999 Tour of Germany, Bartoli was injured and Bettini rose to prominence, winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège. From that moment, both demanded a leading role. Although they worked together at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the feud culminated in the 2001 world championship during which the two
Robbie McEwen (born 24 June 1972 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer. He last rode for Orica-GreenEDGE on the UCI World Tour, and is now a technical advisor for the team. As a triple winner of the Tour de France's green jersey sprinters' classification, at his peak he was considered one of the fastest sprinters in the world.
A former junior Australian BMX champion, McEwen switched to road racing in 1990 at 18. He was first selected for the Australian national road team in 1994. McEwen lives in Australia with his Belgian wife Angélique Pattyn, his son Ewan, and his daughters Elena and Claudia. In 2011 he published an autobiography, One Way Road. McEwen has lived a long time in the Belgian town of Everbeek and is fluent in Dutch.
He retired after riding the 2012 Tour of California.
McEwen started road cycling at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra under the A.I.S. road cycling coach Heiko Salzwedel. The first signs of his sprinting prowess on the international stage were at the "Peace Race", winning three stages for the Australian National team.
He competed in the road race at the 1996 Summer Olympics (23rd) and the 2000 Summer
Diana Žiliūtė (born May 28, 1976 in Rietavas) is a Lithuanian racing cyclist who dominated the sport in the late 1990s.
She made her debut in the women's pro cycling ranks in the mid 1990s after winning the 1994 World Junior Road Race Championship. She rose to the top of women's cycling in 1998 when she won two World Cup races, the overall World Cup Points title, and capped the season by winning the World Road Race Championships and leading the UCI points list.
The following year (1999), she further demonstrated her all around prowess by winning the Grande Boucle, one of the hardest stage races ever in women's cycle racing history. This was followed in 2000 by a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics.
For her achievements, Žiliūtė was awarded the Order of Gediminas, a Lithuanian state honor.
Gennady Mikhaylov (Russian: Геннадий Михайлов, born 8 February 1974 in Cheboksary, Chuvash ASSR), is a former professional road bicycle racer from Russia. He last rode for UCI ProTour Team Katusha. He was part of the successful team Lotto-Adecco, in which he assisted Robbie McEwen to numerous sprint victories. He won his first professional race in 2002. Before joining Astana for the 2007 season, he spent four years with US Postal, from 2003 until 2006.
Alex Zülle (born 5 July 1968) is a Swiss former professional road bicycle racer. During the 1990s he was one of the best cyclists in the world, winning back-to-back in the 1996 and 1997 Vuelta a España, taking second place in the 1995 and the 1999 Tour de France (and, due to the retroactive disqualification of Lance Armstrong for doping in 2012, arguably the winner of the latter). He was world time-trial champion in Lugano in 1996.
Zülle was born and brought up in Wil in the canton of St. Gallen, son of a Swiss father, Walter Zülle and Wilhelmine, from Brabant, Netherlands. As a child he wanted to be a skier but at 18 he was injured in an accident. He began cycling in Holland for rehabilitation before giving up because it was too windy.
His father, having bought cycling equipment, persuaded him to give cycling another go when they returned to Switzerland. After several years as a successful amateur, Zülle turned professional in 1991. He approached the former sporting director of the Swiss team, Helvetia, Paul Köchli, but Köchli signed Laurent Dufaux instead.
Zülle then approached Manolo Saiz, but was rebuffed because, among reasons, he did not contract riders who wore earrings.
Miguel Indurain Larraya (born 16 July 1964) is a retired Spanish road racing cyclist. He won five consecutive Tours de France from 1991 to 1995, the first cyclist to do so and the fourth to win five times. He won the Giro d'Italia twice, becoming one of only seven people in history to achieve the Giro Tour double in the same season. He wore the race leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France for 60 days. Indurain's ability and physical size—1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) and 80 kg (176 lbs)—earned him the nickname "Miguelón" or "Big Mig". He was the youngest rider ever to win the Spanish amateur national road championship, when he was 18, at 20 the youngest rider to lead the Vuelta a España, and at 20 he won a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir.
Miguel Indurain was born in the village of Villava, which is now an outlying area of Pamplona. He has three sisters – Isabel, Maria Dolores and Maria Asuncion – and a brother, Prudencio, who also became a professional cyclist. His first bicycle was a green secondhand Olmo given to him for his 10th birthday. It was stolen when he was 11 and he worked in the fields with his father to pay for a new one. He tried running, basketball, javelin and soccer from
Sergey Lagutin (Сергей Лагутин) (born 14 January 1981 in Fergana) is a professional road racing cyclist, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM. In 2003, Lagutin became world champion—capturing the Under-23 men's road race. He represented Uzbekistan in the men's road race at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. In 2005, he captured the Uzbekistan national road race and time trial championships. In June 2006, he rode for the Navigators Insurance team and has captured the Commerce Bank Triple series championship in the US, as well as regaining his national road race title.
Henricus Theodorus Josephus (Servais) Knaven (born 6 March 1971 in Lobith, Gelderland) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer, currently a directeur sportif for Team Sky. Knaven won Paris–Roubaix in 2001 and is the second rider in history to start and finish the race 16 times. In 2003, Knaven won a stage in the Tour de France.
Davide Rebellin (born 9 August 1971 in San Bonifacio, province of Verona) is an Italian road bicycle racer, currently riding for the Meridiana-Kamen team. He served a 2-year suspension for testing positive for Mircera at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is best known in the cycling world for his 2004 season, when he won a then unprecedented treble with wins in Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He is considered one of the finest classics specialists of his generation with more than fifty top ten finishes in UCI Road World Cup and UCI ProTour classics. Throughout his career he has also won a stage in Giro d'Italia and stage races like Paris–Nice and Tirreno–Adriatico.
Rebellin turned professional in 1992 and came to the attention of the cycling world with a string of strong performances during his early years. In 1996 he gained further notice when he thrived in the 1996 Giro d'Italia. Riding for Polti, the young Italian took stage seven and with it the maglia rosa. He held the leader's jersey for six days and finished the Grand Tour sixth overall. Years later he said of the race, "I have won Classics, but the first important win was in the 1996 Giro, winning
Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (born September 17, 1977) is an Argentine-born Spanish professional road bicycle racer for the UCI World Tour team Team Sky. Flecha has a reputation of being a Classics specialist and to ride with an aggressive style as he is keen on participating in breakaways.
Flecha spent his early years in Argentina. At four years of age, he lost his father who passed away in a car accident. He immigrated to Spain with his mother when he was eleven, where they lived in Sitges, near Barcelona.
He gained fame in 2003 when he became the first rider born in Argentina to win a Tour de France stage while riding for iBanesto.com. As he rode across the finish line he performed a unique victory salute: he pantomimed releasing an arrow from a bow in homage to his family name.
The 2004 season saw him as a co-leader in the Italian Fassa Bortolo team for the Classics and one-day races, with notable finishes in various races from the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris–Roubaix and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and victories in Züri-Metzgete and the Giro del Lazio. He often shared team leadership with Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, with whom he said he was working very well. In Zuri-Metzgete, he
Carlos Sastre Candil (born 22 April 1975 in Leganés, Madrid) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer and winner of the 2008 Tour de France. Sastre rode for UCI Professional Continental team Geox-TMC in 2011, before retiring. Through his consistently improved top 10 results in the Vuelta a España and good showings in the Tour de France, Sastre established himself as a strong and stable climbing specialist, and after working to improve his individual time trial skills, he became a contender for the top GC spots in the Grand Tours. In total, Sastre finished in the top ten overall of fifteen Grand Tours during his career.
When Sastre was young, professional cyclist Francisco Ignacio San Román lived in his parents's house during military service. Sastre was at first coached by his father, until he became an amateur.
Sastre signed his first professional contract in 1997 with ONCE. In his five years at ONCE he mostly served as a domestique and only managed a few wins, though he showed his strength in the mountains with several good results, most notably winning the mountain competition in the 2000 Vuelta a España.
In 2002 he switched to Team CSC, where he filled the role of
David Zabriskie (born January 12, 1979) is a professional road bicycle racer from the United States who rides for Garmin-Sharp. His main strength is individual time trials and his career highlights include stage wins in all three Grand Tour stage races and winning the US National Time Trial Championship seven times. Zabriskie is known for his quirky nature, including singing before stages and the interviews he does with fellow riders in the professional peloton which are posted on his web site.
In 2005, he became the third American to wear the leader's jersey at the Tour de France, after three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond, and seven-time "winner" Lance Armstrong. George Hincapie became the fourth American in 2006.
On 10 October 2012 it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six month ban from 1 September 2012 ending on 1 March 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between 13 May 2003 and 31 July 2006.
Zabriskie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from Olympus High School in 1997, and made
Johann Tschopp (born July 1, 1982 in Sierre) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team. He has been a professional since 2004 with Phonak Hearing Systems, during which time he has raced twice in the Giro d'Italia. He is an especially good climber since he is lightweight (1.75 m, 60 kg) and his training environment is mainly mountainous. He has already a quite important record in cyclo-cross and mountain bike marathon.
In August 2012, Tschopp won the Tour of Utah's overall classification thanks to his victorious performance on the queen stage of the race, the fifth one. He got out of the bunch on the lower slopes of the last climb leading to the Snowbird ski resort, passed all the scattered breakaway riders and crossed the uphill finish with an advantage of 43 seconds on his nearest pursuer. This ride netted him the leader's jersey previously worn by Garmin-Sharp rider Christian Vande Velde.. Tschopp and his teammates managed to hold on to the general classification lead on the last trial, stage 6, which was another mountainous affair, and celebrated the victory.
Tschopp will leave BMC Racing Team at the end of the 2012 season, and is scheduled to
Joost Posthuma (born 8 March 1981 in Hengelo) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer. He rides on the UCI ProTour for the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek professional cycling team. He is known for his time-trialling and he wore the white jersey for the best young rider at the 2006 Tour de France after the prologue but lost it after the 1st road stage, after a rival got in a breakaway and got bonus seconds on the road.
Markel Irizar Aranburu (born February 5, 1980 in Oñati, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. Like team founder Lance Armstrong, Irizar is a testicular cancer survivor. He later won the Vuelta a Andalucia in 2011.
Patrik Sinkewitz (born 20 October 1980 in Fulda) is a professional German road racing cyclist, who last competed for Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli, and is provisionally suspended from competition. He is a climbing specialist who can ride well over a stage race, as in winning the 2004 nine-stage Deutschland Tour. He has also ridden well in one-day races such as Liège–Bastogne–Liège, which he finished in the top 10 in 2006. He did not perform well in his first major tour, finishing 59th in the 2005 Tour de France. The following year he finished 23rd and had good stage results.
He started his amateur career with Mapei-Quick Step and turned professional in 2003 with Quick Step-Davitamon. Following 2005 he moved to T-Mobile Team where he had a good early season. He came fourth in the Vuelta al País Vasco and twice finished stages in the first five. Then he finished fifth in the Amstel Gold Race, fifth in the Flèche Wallonne and fourth in Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Sinkewitz did not start stage nine of the 2007 Tour de France after colliding with a spectator the previous day. On 18 July 2007, his blood tested positive for testosterone and he was suspended by his team. On 31 July 2007, Sinkewitz
Perry Kramer (b. October 6, 1959 in Santa Monica, California U.S.) is a former American "Old School" professional Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1974-1981.
Among his accomplishments is his co-founding with Scot Breithaupt of Scot Enterprise Racing (SE Racing). His nickname "PK" is a simple derivation from his first and last initials of his name and the inspiration of one of the most popular model of BMX bicycle, the "PK Ripper", that is still in production.
Note: In the early days of professional racing, prior to 1976, many tracks offered small purse prize money to the older racers of an event, even before the official sanctioning bodies offered prize money in formal divisions themselves. Hence, some early "professionals" like Stu Thomsen who turned "pro" in 1975 at age 16, would race for small amounts of money at track events when offered. Even before the NBA, this was regarded as the first true national BMX sanctioning body and had a professional division. For the sake of consistency and standardization, noted professional firsts are for the first pro races involving prize money offered by official BMX sanctioning bodies and not independent
Salvatore Commesso (born March 28, 1975) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer that rides for the professional continental team Preti Mangimi.
He was born in Torre del Greco, Campania, and turned professional in 1998. That year he came in third in the Grand Prix Suisse and the Giro del Capo. He won the Italian National Championships and Stage 13 of the 1999 Tour de France in 1999.
Commesso won Stage 18 of the 2000 Tour de France and won the points competition in the Volta a Portugal in 2001.
In 2002, he again won the Italian Championship, as well as the Trofeo Matteotti and the Criterium d'Abruzzo.
He rode for the Saeco Macchine per Caffè team from 1998 to 2004. In 2005, the team merged with Lampre, with whom he came in second in the Giro del Veneto.
He rode for Lampre in the 2006 Tour de France and came in second in Stage 14.
Scott Clark (b. June 8, 1962 in Morgan Hill, California United States) is an "Old School" former professional Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1978 to 1985.
Scott was and still is known for his easy going affable manner like in the case of Tommy Brackens and Eric Rupe and in contrast to Greg Hill's intensity and abruptness. Like Eric Rupe, he had no well known nickname despite being a top pro.
Started Racing: Late 1974 at 12 years old.
Sanctioning body: Local Police Athletic League (PAL)
First race bicycle: He borrowed a friend's Schwinn Sting for his first race. After the race he purchased a Webco.
First race result: First Place.
First win (local): See Above
Home sanctioning body district(s): National Bicycle Association (NBA) District "N" (Northern California);
First sponsor: 1974, The Bicycle Hut of San Jose; one month after he started racing.
First national win: In 12-13 Expert at the first annual National Bicycle Association (NBA) Grandnational Championship in Newhall, California on November 23, 1975. This was the first ever BMX Grandnational Championship.
Turned professional: 1976 at 14 years of age. He was the third racer to turn
Stijn Devolder (born 29 August 1979 in Kortrijk, West Flanders) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He rides for UCI ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM, having ridden for US Postal between 2004 and 2007 and Quick Step from 2008 to 2010. Devolder won his first professional race at the 2004 Four Days of Dunkirk, winning stage 4. His most prestigious victories are the 2007 and 2010 Belgian National Road Race Championships, the 2008 and 2009 Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and the 2008 and 2010 Tour of Belgium. Devolder is a competent climber but his strength lies in the individual time trial. Devolder led the Quick Step squad in the 2008 Tour de France but fell off the back and almost immediately stepped off his bike on the Ascent of the Col Agnel.
Devolder will leave Vacansoleil-DCM at the end of the 2012 season, and will join RadioShack-Nissan on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
Andy Raymond Schleck (born June 10, 1985) is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. He has been the runner-up at the Tour de France two times; in 2009 and 2011. He won the 2010 Tour, being awarded it retroactively in February 2012 after Alberto Contador's CAS hearing. He is the younger brother of Fränk Schleck, who also rides for RadioShack-Nissan. Their father Johny Schleck rode the Tour de France and Vuelta a España between 1965 and 1974.
Andy Schleck was born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and is the youngest of Gaby and Johny Schleck's three sons. His older brother Fränk Schleck is also a cyclist on RadioShack-Nissan, and his oldest brother Steve Schleck is a politician in Luxembourg. Andy's father, Johny Schleck, is a former professional cyclist and rode the Tour de France at the service of 1968 winner Jan Janssen and 1973 winner Luis Ocaña, and also managed to finish in the top 20 twice: 19th in 1970 and 20th in 1967. He won a stage in the 1970 Vuelta a España and the Luxembourg National Championships. Johny's father, Gustav Schleck, also contested events in the 1930s.
Andy Schleck joined VC Roubaix cycling club in 2004, and
Claudio Chiappucci (born 28 February 1963 in Uboldo, Varese, Lombardy) is a retired Italian professional cyclist. He was on the podium three times in the Tour de France general classification - second in 1990, third in 1991 and second again in 1992.
After a quiet start to his career he burst onto the scene in the 1990 Tour de France. Chiappucci found himself almost casually wearing the yellow jersey after a stage one attack which the favourites allowed him to arrive with a 10 minute time advantage. In subsequent stages he resisted the return of Greg LeMond, only losing the lead of the race in stage 20, the final time trial. In the end, LeMond won the Tour by 2' 16", Chiappucci came home with a surprising second place and, moreover, the status of a cycling star. He was the first Italian cyclist to arrive on the podium at the Tour since Felice Gimondi in 1972. This first successful campaign highlighted Chiappucci's main weakness, the time trial. Although vowing to return the following year as a better racer against the clock, Chiappucci never was able to master this discipline.
The year of 1991 confirmed to the cycling community that Chiappucci was able to perform consistently.
Dervla Murphy (born November 28, 1931, Ireland) is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years.
Murphy is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She followed this by volunteering with Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal, and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Murphy took a break from travel writing following the birth of her daughter, and then wrote about her travels with Rachel in India, Pakistan, South America, Madagascar and Cameroon. She later wrote about her solo trips through Romania, Africa, Laos, the states of the former Yugoslavia, and Siberia. In 2005 she visited Cuba with her daughter and three granddaughters.
Murphy has normally traveled alone and unaided, without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. She has been in dangerous situations; for example, she was attacked by wolves in the former Yugoslavia, threatened by soldiers in Ethiopia, and robbed in Siberia. However, she described her worst incident as tripping over cats at home and shattering her left arm.
Dervla Murphy was born and
Óscar Freire Gómez (born 15 February 1976 in Torrelavega, Cantabria) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the top sprinters in road bicycle racing, having won the world championship three times, equalling Alfredo Binda, Rik Van Steenbergen and Eddy Merckx. Though in the later years he has been more of a classics rider. He has also won Milan – San Remo three times.
Despite his diminutive stature, Freire is a feared sprinter. He has a training philosophy where he rides shorter distances than most pro cyclists, sometimes covering only about half the distance his colleagues would.
Freire became professional in 1998 with Vitalicio Seguros. He won one race that year, a stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León. He came 11th in Paris–Tours. In 1999, Freire won little until the world championship in October. He went to Verona to make up numbers in the Spanish team. He spent his prize on an elevator for his grandmother's apartment.
Freire joined Mapei in 2000. It had been ranked best team since 1994. That year he won 11 races including two stages in the Vuelta a España. He also came third place in the world championship. In 2001 he won two races and took the points
Wilfried Cretskens (born 10 July 1976 in Herk-de-Stad) is a Belgian road bicycle racer who is currently under contract to UCI Continental team Donckers Koffie-Jelly Belly, having joined them on May 2, 2011.
Andrea Peron (born August 14, 1971 in Varese) is an Italian former professional road bicycle racer. Peron turned professional in 1993, riding for team Gatorade. He is best remembered for leading the sombre peloton across the finish line in the neutralised Stage 16 of the 1995 Tour de France, the day after the death of his team- and room-mate Fabio Casartelli in a fall.
He is a strong time trialist, with good results in the Italian championships, as well as a 5th place at the 1996 World Time-Trial Championships. From 2002 until his retirement in 2006, he was a domestique on Team CSC. In January 2010 he joined Garmin-Transitions as assistant general manager.
Before the 2004 Tour de France, rumours surfaced in the French newspaper Le Monde that Peron, alongside other riders, was still under suspicion for using doping following a police razzia in Sanremo, Italy in June 2001. This would block Andrea Peron from competing in the 2004 Tour de France, as the race organizers did not want any riders under with ongoing trials competing in their race. However, Peron's case had already been closed in December 2003. He had been acquitted for having four painkillers containing caffeine, of which
Charly Mottet (born 16 December 1962 in Valence, Drôme) is a French former professional cyclist (1983 to 1994).
He was one of the best French road cyclists of his era, Mottet won a total of 67 races, including the Tour de Romandie in 1990, and has 8 participations in the Tour de France. His best results in the Tour de France were the 4th positions in 1987 and 1991. He has 3 stage wins, 1 in 1990 (Stage 15 : Millau - Revel) and 2 in 1991 (Stage 11 : Quimper - Saint-Herblain and Stage 12 : Pau - Jaca). He also finished 2nd on the podium of the 1990 Giro d'Italia.
During his professional cycling career, Mottet had a reputation within the peloton as being a totally clean rider who never used performance enhancing drugs.
Ryan Trebon (b. March 5, 1981, Loma Linda, California) is an American bicycle racer specializing in cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing, currently on the Cannondale Cyclocross World Team. In cyclo-cross, Trebon captured the 2004 and 2006 U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series championship.
In 2006, Trebon became the first American man to claim national championships in cross-country mountain bike and cyclo-cross.
Tom Boonen (pronounced [Boʊnən], born 15 October 1980 in Mol) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer who won the 2005 World Road Race Championship. He is a member of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, and is considered a single-day road race specialist with a strong finishing sprint. His personality and looks, combined with his successes, also turned him into Belgium's main male sports idol of the mid-2000s, but he incurred censure after testing positive twice for the use of cocaine.
At the start of 2002 Boonen rode for the US Postal team, finishing third in Paris–Roubaix after an early breakaway. Fellow Belgian rider Johan Museeuw had escaped off the front of the race to a solo victory, and team captain George Hincapie crashed in a slippery section of the course leaving Boonen to ride for himself. Boonen's performance in the race compelled Museeuw – his childhood hero – to publicly declare Boonen his natural successor.
However, Boonen was not completely happy at US Postal, claiming he did not get enough chances to ride for himself. Towards the end of the year he announced he would leave the team, despite being under contract, and joined Quick Step-Davitamon at the start of
Andreas Klöden (born June 22, 1975) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team RadioShack-Nissan. His major achievements include a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and second place in the 2004 Tour de France and 2006 Tour de France. Klöden is a tall, lightly built racer with enough strength to place high in the overall classifications of the Grand Tours, but his performances have been afflicted by injuries.
Klöden was born in Mittweida in 1975. Before he turned professional, he won the bronze medal in the Under 23 World Time Trial Championships in 1996, and two stages at the International Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt in 1997.
Klöden signed with Team Telekom (later T-Mobile Team) in 1998, and in his first pro season he won the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt's General Classifications (GC) and the prologue of the Tour de Normandie. In 1999, he won a stage at the Portuguese Tour of Algarve. But the first of his great seasons came in 2000, where after notching two important victories in the GC of Paris–Nice and Vuelta al País Vasco, he went on to obtain the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, after fellow German Jan Ullrich and Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov, two
Thor Hushovd (born Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway, 18 January 1978) is a Norwegian professional road bicycle racer riding for BMC Racing Team. He is known for sprinting and time trialing and is the 2010 Norwegian and world road champion. He was the first Norwegian to lead the Tour de France, and first Scandinavian to win the road race in cycling world road championship. He is also the Scandinavian with the most stage wins in Grand Tours.
Hushovd won the under-23 time trial world championship and the under-23 versions of Paris–Roubaix and Paris–Tours before turning professional in 1998. He was Norwegian time trial champion in 2004 and 2005 and road race champion in 2004 and 2010. In 2006, he won seven UCI ProTour races and two stages of the Tour de France. He won the prologue in Strasbourg and led after the first day despite a cut arm. He continued with stitches and regained the yellow jersey after stage 2 with a third place. He won the last stage, beating Robbie McEwen in a sprint. In the 2006 Vuelta a España he won stage 6, wore the golden jersey for three stages and won the points classification
At the 2008 Tour de France, Hushovd won stage 2 in a bunch finish.
In 2009, Hushovd
Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (born 25 April 1980 in Las Lumbreras, Murcia) is a Spanish road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team. Valverde's biggest wins have been the 2009 Vuelta a España, the Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2006, 2008 and 2006 UCI ProTour series championship. He has twice collected the silver medal in the UCI Road World Championships, in 2003 and 2005. Valverde is rare in combining different specialities in road bicycle racing, being a strong climber and sprinter. After a lengthy court battle, he was suspended for two years as part of the Operación Puerto blood doping investigation, but he returned to competition in 2012 after serving-out the ban.
Valverde came from a cycling family, his father Juan was an amateur bicycle racer and bought him a bike when he was six years old. His brother Juan Francisco was also an amateur road racing cyclist. Valverde's first race was in Jumilla, in his region of Murcia, and he finished second. On the following week he won his second race in Yecla. He allegedly took more than fifty consecutive victories between 11 and 13 years old, earning him the nickname El Imbatido (The Unbeaten).
Due to his many wins, Valverde was
Egoi Martínez de Esteban (born May 15, 1978, Etxarri-Aranatz, Navarre) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Euskaltel-Euskadi. In his first Tour de France, Martínez finished 41st overall at the 2004 Tour de France.
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Floyd Landis (born October 14, 1975) is a retired American cyclist who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory in 2010. He was an all-around rider, with special skills in climbing, time-trialing, and descending. Landis turned professional in 1999 with the Mercury Cycling Team. He joined the US Postal Service team in 2002, and moved to the Phonak Hearing Systems team in 2005. In January 2010, a French judge issued a national arrest warrant for Landis on computer hacking charges related to the 2006 doping allegations.
In 2006, Landis won the first edition of the Amgen Tour of California, before going on to finish first in the 2006 Tour de France. He was stripped of his Tour de France victory and fired from the Phonak team after a drug-control test demonstrated the presence of a skewed testosterone/epitestosterone ratio during stage 17.
Until 2010, Landis maintained his innocence and mounted a vigorous defense. Although Landis' legal team documented inconsistencies in the handling and evaluation of his urine samples, the disqualification was upheld.
He was suspended from professional competition through January 30, 2009, following an arbitration panel's 2-to-1 ruling on
Michael Blaudzun (born 30 April 1973 in Herning) is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer. Michael is the son of 1972 Summer Olympics track cycling bronze medalist Verner Blaudzun and a strong individual time trial rider who has won the Danish national championship in that discipline in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
After Michael Blaudzun won the 1994 Danish Road Racing Championship while riding for amateur team Herning CK, he was signed for the remainder of the 1994 season as a stagiaire at professional team Word Perfect. For the 1995 season, the Word Perfect team changed its name to Novell, and Michael Blaudzun turned professional for the outfit, riding for the team until 1997, by which time the team had once again changed its name to Rabobank. Blaudzun had a few wins in his time at Rabobank, but when he switched to German outfit Team Telekom in 1998, he only managed a handful of secondary finishes.
For the 1999 season, he switched to Danish Team home - Jack & Jones (later named Team CSC) based on his former team Herning CK. Blaudzun participated in the first ever Tour de France for Team CSC, in the 2000 edition, but he quit the race at the 12h stage. He would ride a further two
Michael Rasmussen (born 1 June 1974) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer who rides for the Danish team Christina Watches-Onfone. In the 2007 Tour de France, Rasmussen, while in the yellow jersey, had his contract terminated by his team and was removed from the Tour. He served a two-year ban from July 2007 to July 2009, for lying about his whereabouts.
Specializing in climbing, Rasmussen has shown a propensity for attempting spectacular wins in mountain stages in which he breaks away from the peloton early and rides alone for most of the stage.
Michael Rasmussen is known for his care for detail when considering weight. With a staggering low weight (60 kg) he is usually one of the lightest riders in his class. He is known for peeling off unnecessary stickers from his bike, not wearing the Livestrong wristband which has become common among many Tour de France riders, due to the additional grams. He used to count each grain of rice before eating and had water with his breakfast cereal, not milk. He only carries one water bottle holder and his Colnago Extreme-C bike weighed 6.81 kg, only 10 g more than the minimum limit.
His nickname in Danish is Kyllingen (English: The
Kurt Asle Arvesen (born 9 February 1975) is a former Norwegian professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2011. Arvesen is from Eresfjord, Nesset. After retiring as a rider, Arvesen became a coach with Team Sky.
After winning the gold medal at the 1997 Under-23 World Championship as an amateur, Arvesen turned pro with Italian team Asics in 1998, where later Team CSC teammate Ivan Basso rode as a stagiare. The two riders moved on to Davide Boifava's team, Riso Scotti-Vinavil in 1999, which was renamed Amica Chips-Tacconi Sport in 2000, but Arvesen's three years in Italy did not get him the results his World Under-23 Championships win had foretold. In 2001 Arvesen and Basso split up, as Arvesen moved on to Danish Team Fakta, where he experienced his most successful years culminating in a stage win in the 2003 Giro d'Italia.
In 2004, Team Fakta closed, and Arvesen and sports director Kim Andersen both moved on to Team CSC. At Team CSC, Arvesen has been riding mostly as a domestique, but he managed to win the stage race Danmark Rundt as well as CSC Classic in 2004. For the 2004 Tour de France, Arvesen helped team captain Basso finish second
Paolo Savoldelli (born 7 May 1973 in Clusone, province of Bergamo) is an Italian former road racing cyclist and winner of the 2002 and 2005 Giro d'Italia.
Savoldelli is a climber but known for his fast downhill riding. He is nicknamed Il Falco ("the falcon"). His downhill skills won him the 2005 Giro. His descent of the Colle delle Finestre before the final ascent to Sestriere in the penultimate stage, closed a gap to Gilberto Simoni, preserving his lead and giving him the win.
On 20 July 2005, Savoldelli won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, becoming only the second teammate of Lance Armstrong to win an individual stage during Armstrong's seven Tour de France wins. He led Astana in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, but worked for team-mate Eddy Mazzoleni.
Savoldelli retired from competitive professional cycling at the end of the 2008 season. He did not leave the cycling world however, as he embarked in a career with the medias' coverage of the sport.
In 2012, Savoldelli works for the Italian television channel RAI, providing viewers with commentaries on cycling races. He is commenting from a motorbike, offering insights from a first-hand point of view. He concludes each of his
Bart Jan-Baptist Marie Brentjens (born 10 October 1968 in Haelen) is a Dutch racing cyclist in mountain biking.
Brentjens won a gold medal for mountain biking in the 1996 Summer Olympics, the first to recognize cross-country mountain biking as an event. He followed this with bronze in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Previously he won gold at the 1995 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships. In 2007 he became 10th time Dutch National champion
Christophe Le Mével (born September 11, 1980 in Lannion) is a French road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp. He signed with them for the 2011 season, after they sought to add a leading French rider to their roster.
Le Mével will leave Garmin-Sharp at the end of the 2012 season, and will join Cofidis on a two-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.
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Igor Antón Hernández (born March 2, 1983 in Galdakao, Basque Country) is a Basque professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi.
Since turning professional in 2005, Anton's major achievement was winning the sixteenth stage of the Vuelta a España 2006, between Almería and the Calar Alto Observatory.
After impressing his team directors in 2007, where he won a stage at the Tour de Romandie, Antón was soon picked out to be the team leader for the general classification (GC) in the 2008 Vuelta a España where he ended up finishing 8th overall. The year started well, and in June he came second in the Euskal Bizikleta. Later in the same month, Antõn won the second stage in the UCI ProTour race Tour de Suisse. In the GC he came home third. In September at the Vuelta a España, Antón was in the best form of his career and held the pace of the likes of Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde up the mountains. A fall on the stage to Alto de L'Angliru ended his ambitions in the Vuelta. The fall caused a fractured collarbone, and Antón's season came to an early end.
The 2009 season started slowly for Antón. He started the Tour de France in July, but failed to make a great
Philip Grant Anderson OAM (born 12 March 1958) is an Australian former professional racing cyclist who was the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France.
Phil Anderson was born in London but moved to Melbourne, Australia, when he was young. He grew up in the suburb of Kew and graduated from Trinity Grammar School in 1975. He first raced with Hawthorn Cycling Club, where Allan Peiper, another future professional, was also a member. Peiper said: "Phil went to a private school and joined the club with his mate, Peter Darbyshire. My best friend was Tom Sawyer, later a six-day racer in Europe, and we were the two rough nuts, while Phil and Darbs were the two upper-class boys".
Anderson, who had a reputation as an amateur for crashing, won the Tour of New Zealand in 1977 and the Australian team time-trial championship at Brisbane in 1978. In that year he also won the Commonwealth Games road race in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was 19.
He moved to France in 1979 to join the ACBB, a club at Boulogne-Billancourt in the suburbs of Paris with a reputation of placing riders in professional teams, particularly Peugeot. Whilst he was with the ACBB he lived and raced
Beñat Albizuri Aransolo (born May 17, 1981 in Berriz, Basque Country) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer formerly with UCI ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi. He rode as a stagiaire for Euskaltel-Euskadi in the second half of the 2005 season, where his best result was a second place on a stage of the Vuelta a la Rioja. Albizuri's showings earned him a professional contract at Euskaltel-Euskadi for the 2006 season, but he was released at the end of the 2008 season.
Émile Georget (21 September 1881 - 16 October 1960) was a French road racing cyclist. Born in Bossay-sur-Claise, he was the younger brother of cyclist Léon Georget.
He died at Châtellerault.
Georget started seven times in the Tour de France:
Other than in the Tour de France, Georget won eight races:
Enrico Franzoi (born August 8, 1982 in Mestre) is an Italian professional cyclo-cross and road bicycle racer, who rides for Miche-Guerciotti, but was previously a member of UCI ProTeams Lampre-Caffita and Liquigas. Franzoi has won the Italian Cyclo-cross Championships on four occasions – in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Erik Zabel (born July 7, 1970 in East Berlin) is a former German professional road bicycle racer who last raced with Milram. With over 200 professional wins he is considered by some one of the greatest German cyclists and best cycling sprinters of history. Zabel won a record nine points classifications in grands tours including wearing the final green jersey in the Tour de France a record six consecutive years between 1996 to 2001 and the points jersey at the Vuelta a España in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Zabel won the Milan – San Remo four times and numerous six-day track events. For season 2012 he joined Team Katusha as sprint coach. He previously held that same position with the HTC-Highroad team until their dissolution.
Zabel grew up in East Berlin. After good results as an amateur, he became a professional in 1992 for a small German team. In 1993 he changed to Team Telekom (later T-Mobile Team). There he became a good sprinter. His strength was all-round ability: he could climb reasonably well. This meant that, apart from taking the maillot jaune in the Tour de France thanks to time bonuses, he could pick up further victories when other sprinters had retired and take the maillot
Peter van Petegem (born 18 January 1970 in Brakel, Belgium) is a former professional road racing cyclist. Van Petegem last rode for Quick Step-Innergetic, in 2007. He lived in Horebeke. He was a specialist in spring classics, one of ten riders to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris–Roubaix in the same season. His last race was the GP Briek Schotte in Desselgem on 11 September 2007.
Scott Davis (born 22 April 1979) is an Australian former professional road bicycle racer, last for UCI Pro Tour Team Astana.
Born in Bundaberg, Queensland, he currently lives in Varese, Italy.
He is the brother of fellow cyclist, Allan Davis.
John Tomac (born November 3, 1967, in Owosso, Michigan) is a retired professional cyclist who competed in multiple disciplines in road racing and mountain biking during a successful senior career that spanned twenty years. He is regarded as a mountain biking icon and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1991. He is a true all-rounder, having won major national and international titles in four disciplines.
John Tomac first participated in cycle racing at the age of seven. He began to enter BMX events in and around Michigan in 1975 and continued competing in this discipline into his teenage years. By then, he had achieved title winning success at State and Regional level. In 1984, at the age of sixteen, Tomac won the National Cruiser Class title with the factory Mongoose team. He turned professional in 1985 and spent his last year of BMX competition contesting events as a privateer.
In 1986, Tomac made two significant decisions: he relocated to Southern California, and left BMX competition in favour of mountain bike racing. He continued to ride for Mongoose. By the autumn of that year, he had won his first two major mountain bike events: the Ross Fat Tire Stage Race in
Hendrik Gerardus Jozef "Joop" Zoetemelk (born 3 December 1946) is a retired professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands who has emigrated to France. He started, and finished, the Tour de France 16 times - a record, equalled only by George Hincapie in 2012. He won the race in 1980 and also came eighth, fifth, fourth (three times) and second (six times). He won the world professional road championship in 1985 at 38. He retired from the sport to run a hotel at Meaux, near Paris, France.
Zoetemelk was born in Rijpwetering, the son of Maria and Gerard Zoetemelk. He started work as a carpenter. He became a speed-skater and a regional champion before turning to cycling in 1964. He joined the Swift club in Leiden and made a fast impression, winning youth races in his first season. He rode particularly well as a senior in multi-day races. He won the Tour of Yugoslavia, the Circuit des Mines, three stages and the mountains prize in the Tour of Austria, and the 1969 Tour de l'Avenir. He also won a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City in the 100 km team time-trial with Fedor den Hertog, Jan Krekels and René Pijnen.
Zoetemelk turned professional for Briek Schotte's Belgian
Robertus Michiel Joseph Lucas Maria Jacobus 'Robert' Slippens (born 3 May 1975 in Opmeer, North Holland) is a Dutch racing cyclist.
Slippens represented the Netherlands at three different Summer Olympics. He made his Olympic debut at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where he participated in the four kilometer team pursuit alongside Jarich Bakker, Richard Rozendaal and Peter Schep. The team finished in twelfth position. Four years later at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he took part in the same event, but with different riders. Bakker and Rozendaal were replaced by Jens Mouris, John den Braber, and Wilco Zuijderwijk, while Schep and Slippens stayed. Although the team consisted of five riders, only four were allowed on the track at the same time. They qualified for the quarter finals, where they lost to the Ukrainian team, resulting in a seventh place overall.
In Sydney, Slippens also started at the madison, which he entered with his teammate Danny Stam. Together they have entered many Six Day Cycling Events in which they have ended up on the podium. They did not reach the podium at the Olympics but finished in eighth position. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Stam and
Pierrick Fédrigo (born November 30, 1978 in Marmande) is a French racing cyclist who rides for FDJ-BigMat. He was the French national road champion in 2005, and has won four stages at the Tour de France. Fédrigo won Stage 14 at Gap in 2006, Stage 9 at Tarbes in 2009, and two stages in Pau: Stage 16 of the 2010 race, and Stage 15 of the 2012 edition. Fedrigo has also won races including The Four Days of Dunkirk in 2005 and the Criterium International in 2010. His nickname is "le nez de Marmande" (The nose of Marmande) due to his remarkable nose.
Renaud Dion (born 6 January 1978 in Gien) is a French professional road racing cyclist with the Bretagne-Schuller team, who spent four years with UCI ProTeam Ag2r-La Mondiale. He made his professional debut in 2004 with R.A.G.T. Semences-MG Rover.
Serhiy Honchar (Ukrainian: Сергій Гончар; born July 3, 1970) is a Ukrainian former professional road racing cyclist. He is a former world time trial champion. In the 2006 Tour de France, Honchar lead the general classification after a time-trial win in stage 7.
In time trialing, Honchar rocks the top of his body to get the most out of a big gear. He beat Landis, Zabriskie, Lang, Rogers, Kloden, Evans and various others in the individual time trials in the 2006 Tour de France.
Honchard failed a blood health check in the 1999 Tour de Suisse, and was removed from the race. Even though it was only a health check, and not a doping offence, the Tour de France organisation still decided to ban his Vini Caldirola team from the 1999 Tour de France. On 11 May 2007, Honchar was suspended for 30 days by his T-Mobile team, following blood tests taken at Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Tour de Romandie. On 19 June 2007, the T-Mobile team announced the termination of his contract.
When Honchar was not able to find a new team in 2010, he retired.
Serhiy Honchar profile at Cycling Archives
Susanne Ljungskog (born 16 March 1976 in Halmstad) is a Swedish cyclist. A four-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008), she won the world road race championship in 2002 and 2003. The same years, she was UCI points champion. She has also won two World Cup races.
Ljungskog received the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 2002.
Gerald Michael Ciolek (born 19 September 1986 in Cologne) is a German professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step. In 2005, Ciolek won the German National Championship road race at age 18, the youngest ever rider to do so.
Ciolek started racing at senior events in May 2005, with Team AKUD Arnolds Sicherheit, where he had a very successful season. In the German National Championships at Oberen Werntal, Ciolek was able to overcome seasoned sprinters Erik Zabel and Robert Förster without help from any team mates to win the road race championship, ending the twelve year domination of T-Mobile. Besides winning the national championship, he secured three stage victories and the points competition at the Tour de Hongrie, and a stage victory at the Mainfranken Tour.
In 2006, Ciolek completed his education at the Ford Motor Company and was able to turn professional and devote his career to cycling. Through the season, he rode strongly and secured a number of high placings in important races to prove he could challenge, and beat, the strongest sprinters in UCI ProTour teams. Ciolek had an excellent second placing at the Rund um den Henninger Turm, where he once
Anna Millward, née Wilson, (born 26 November 1971 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian female cycle racer. She holds an LLB(Hons)/BSc degree from Monash University (received 1996). During her cycling career, she won the overall UCI points title in 2001, and twice was UCI overall World Cup points champion, winning a total of 5 World Cup races in her career. She also won two silver medals in the UCI Road World Championship competition in 1999 and twice won the Women's Challenge race (1996 and 2000).
In the 2000 Sydney Olympics she finished fourth in both the time trial and the road race. In the 1998 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the time trial and bronze in the road race, she won a silver in the 2002 Commonwealth Games time trial.
In 2000 a portrait of her by Simon Benz was hung in the Archibald Prize.
Anna Millward (Wilson until her marriage in 2000) did not start out in life as an athlete. Instead, with the encouragement of her family, especially her father, who died when she was 11 years old, academics were given great emphasis in her upbringing. At that point in life, Millward concentrated on her youthful passion, the sciences. Later, at the urging of a teacher, she
Denis Nikolayevich Menchov (Russian: Денис Николаевич Меньшов, pronounced as Menshov), born 25 January 1978 in Oryol, is a professional Russian road bicycle racer for Team Katusha. He is a general classification rider, a climber, and a very good time trialist. In 2005 he won the Vuelta a España, which he won for a second time in 2007. Menchov also won the centenary Giro d'Italia in 2009, and finished second in the Tour de France in 2010 becoming the first Russian to do so.
Menchov started his professional career in 2000 with the Banesto team of José Miguel Echevarri. His first success came in 2001, when he won the Tour de l'Avenir, a stage race for young professionals. A year later he won a stage in the Dauphiné Liberé. In 2003, Menchov had his breakthrough when he finished 11th in the Tour de France, and won the youth competition (maillot blanc). 2004 was his last year at Banesto and his most successful. He won Vuelta al País Vasco, a stage in Vuelta a Aragón, a stage in Paris–Nice and stage five in the 2004 Vuelta a España, from Zaragoza to Morella.
Menchov's contract ran out in September 2004 and he moved to the Dutch Rabobank team for two years. He became team captain following
Thomas Dekker (born 6 September 1984) is a Dutch professional road bicycle racer for Garmin-Sharp. His career highlights include winning Tirreno-Adriatico in 2006 and Tour de Romandie in 2007. He won two Dutch National Time Trial Championships and represented his country at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece.
A few days before the start of the 2009 Tour de France, it was announced that Dekker had tested positive for EPO in a retroactive test carried out on a urine sample taken in December 2007. Dekker initially protested his innocence but he later admitted to using EPO, claiming it was a one-time mistake. He eventually admitted to using EPO over at least parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons, although he declines to give exact dates. Dekker was suspended for two years, from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011.
Dekker's career has been marked by other doping allegations. He was a client of Luigi Cecchini, an Italian doctor who was investigated in relation to doping matters, however Dekker adamantly denies that Cecchini was involved in his doping In 2009 he was also questioned in the HumanPlasma doping scandal, a suspected doping ring.
Though born in Amsterdam, Dekker grew up
Andrei Tchmil (born 22 January 1963) is a retired professional road bicycle racer.
Tchmil was born in Khabarovsk, Russia. His family moved to Ukraine during the days of the Soviet Union. He started cycling and showed enough talent to be moved to a cycling school in Moldova. The glasnost in the Soviet Union allowed him to try a professional career with the Italian Alfa Lum team in 1989.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union he became a Ukrainian citizen, although he eventually moved to Belgium early in his professional career. "People are cynical when I talk about Belgium. They think I'm only Belgian on paper. That is not true. Yes, I was a Russian, even a proud one.... Now I am proud to be Belgian. The first thing I did was learn French. Now there are some books in my suitcase to learn Flemish. It's not easy," Tchmil said in an interview with Cycle Sport.
Tchmil rode the Tour de France five times, but only finished twice and never won a stage.
Tchmil was most famous as a classic cobbled race specialist, thriving in races such as Ronde van Vlaanderen, Gent–Wevelgem, Omloop "Het Volk", and Paris–Roubaix. His first UCI Road World Cup win was in Paris–Roubaix in 1994. He also won the
Jaan Kirsipuu (born July 17, 1969 in Tartu) is an Estonian road bicycle racer, living in Estonia. Kirsipuu initially retired at the end of the 2006, but participated in the 2007 Estonian championship, becoming time trial champion for the sixth time. In 2008 he was the manager of Latvian UCI Continental cycling team Rietumu Banka - Rīga. In 2009 he joined Team Giant-Veoila. So far Jaan has over 130 professional wins.
At his peak he was one of Estonia's top athletes and the first Estonian rider to win a stage in the tour de France . He dropped out of the Tour de France 12 times, which is the record. In spite of this, he won multiple stages and wore the yellow jersey for six days in 1999.
Michael Boogerd (born May 28, 1972 in The Hague) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer. He was one of the leaders of a generation of Dutch cyclists in the late 1990s and early 2000s, together with teammate Erik Dekker, even inspiring Dutch authors to write a book called "Michael & Erik" about this generation, and the two of them in particular.
He began his professional career in 1994, joining WordPerfect. In 1995 the team changed name to Novell, before Rabobank in 1996 became main sponsor and name for the team. Boogerd stayed with the team his entire career.
His speciality were hilly classics like Liège–Bastogne–Liège, La Flèche Wallonne and the Amstel Gold Race in the Ardennes week and the Lombardian races in the Fall, as well as mountain-stages. He has won two stages in Tour de France (1996, 2002) as well as the Amstel Gold Race and Paris–Nice. He has been Dutch Champion three times, in 1997, 1998 and in 2006. In addition to these major victories, Boogerd scored a large number of podium finishes in his favorite spring classics, which gave him a reputation in the Netherlands of being 2nd or 3rd more often than winning - a notion he dismissed in a 2007 interview looking
Óscar Pereiro Sío (born August 3, 1977) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer best known for winning the 2006 Tour de France after the original winner, Floyd Landis, was disqualified for failing a doping test after his impressive stage 17 victory. Pereiro is a former member of Porta da Ravessa (2000 to 2001), Phonak Hearing Systems (2002 to 2005), Caisse d'Epargne (2006 to 2009), and the Astana cycling team (2010). After retiring from cycling in 2010, Pereiro joined his local part-time football club Coruxo FC of the Segunda División B.
Pereiro placed tenth in the 2004 Tour de France, 22 minutes 54 seconds behind Tour winner Lance Armstrong. He was awarded the Most Aggressive Rider Award in the 2005 Tour de France after powering the winning breakaways in Stages 15, 16 and 19. He was the Stage 16 winner - just edging out Spain's Xabier Zandio, Italy's Eddy Mazzoleni and Australia's Cadel Evans. His efforts on Stage 15, the toughest stage of the Tour, were highly admired by the peloton. He finished second that day to Discovery Channel's George Hincapie after "pulling" for most of the final climb up the Pla D'Adet.
Pereiro was considered a leader on Phonak along with
Thomas Ziegler (born November 24, 1980 in Arnstadt) is a German former professional road bicycle racer. On early 2008, at the age of 27, he announced that he retired from professional cycling to open a bike shop in Hannover, where he currently lives.
Trent Lowe (born 8 October 1984 in Melbourne) is a professional road bicycle racer from Australia. He rode for Garmin-Transitions on the UCI ProTour from 2008 to 2010. Lowe was one of only two Australians on the Slipstream Squad, the other being Chris 'CJ' Sutton who came from Cofidis in 2007. The former full-time professional mountain biker had a breakthrough year on the road in 2005 riding for the US domestic team, Jittery Joe's, where he caught eye of Discovery Channel sports manager Johan Bruyneel. He was signed for Discovery Channel for his superior climbing abilities. In 2002 he won the UCI MTB World Junior XC Championship, then he won the under-23 Australian National Mountain Bike Championship in 2003 and 2004.
Following 2 seasons of injury and chronic fatigue, the young climber signed with the new Australian team, Pegasus, before the announcement that they had failed to obtain an 2011 UCI World Tour license.
Bjarne Lykkegård Riis (born April 3, 1964 in Herning), nicknamed The Eagle from Herning (Danish: Ørnen fra Herning), is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer who placed first in the 1996 Tour de France, and is now the team owner and manager of Danish UCI ProTour outfit Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. Other career highlights include placing first in the Amstel Gold Race in 1997, multiple Danish National Championships, and stage wins in the Giro d'Italia. On May 25, 2007 he admitted that he placed first in the Tour de France using banned substances, and he was no longer considered the winner by the tour's organizers. In July 2008 the tour reconfirmed his victory but with an 'asterisk' label to indicate his doping offences.
Riis began cycling at local club Herning CK. When he was not selected for the 1984 Summer Olympics, former cyclist Kim Andersen advised Riis to start his professional career not in Italy, but in Luxembourg. His professional career started in 1986, his first result was a fifth place finish in the GP Wallonie that year. Following a few years with no personal wins, he had yet to impress when his contract ran out in 1988.
At the 1988 Tour of European Community
Johan Vansummeren (born 4 February 1981 in Lommel) is a Belgian road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp.
During the 2007 Tour de France, commentator Paul Sherwen repeatedly praised Vansummeren's work in support of his team leader, eventual second place finisher Cadel Evans, even going so far as to say "I would like to nominate Johan Vansummeren as the number one teammate of this year's Tour."
At 1.97 metres (6 ft 5.5 in), Vansummeren is among the tallest riders in the peloton.
In 2011, Vansummeren won the biggest race of his career by winning Paris–Roubaix. Vansummeren made his winning move after breaking away from three other riders with 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) remaining, holding on to win by 19 seconds at the velodrome in Roubaix.
Josep Jufré Pou (born August 5, 1975 in Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer, Catalonia) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2011. He turned professional with Boavista and finished his career with Astana.
Marianne Vos, ( pronunciation (help·info)) (born 13 May 1987) is a Dutch cyclo-cross, road bicycle racer and track racer who has drawn comparison to Eddy Merckx as being "the finest cyclist of [her] generation".
After winning a junior European and world championship in road racing, she continued in senior cycling by becoming world champion in cyclo-cross and road racing at the age of 19. Vos added track racing world championships when she won the points race in 2008 and the scratch race in 2011. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the points race; in the 2012 Summer Olympics, gold in the women's road race. She has twice been World Road Race Champion - in 2006 and 2012.
Marianne Vos was born in 's-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant and lives in the small village of Meeuwen. She started her career when she was six years old after she watched her older brother who was already a cyclist. At first she trained with her brother's team as she was not allowed to participate in races; during the winter she started training in cyclo-cross as well. When she was eight, she was able to ride races. Vos also participated in speed skating and inline speed skating. At 14 she replaced
Mario Aerts (born 31 December 1974 in Herentals, Belgium) is a former professional road bicycle racer, who competed between 1996 and 2011. He competed for three different teams; Vlaanderen 2002, Team Telekom and the Lotto team through various sponsorships, competing with that particular team for twelve seasons during his career. During this time he raced in the Tours de France, the Giro d'Italia, and the Vuelta. In the 2007 cycling season, he finished in these three major stage races in cycling. He was only the 25th racer in the history of cycling to achieve this.
Aerts won the GP d'Isbergues in 1996, Circuit Franco Belge in 2001, the Giro della Provincia di Lucca in 2001, and most notably La Flèche Wallonne in 2002; he did not won a professional race after that. In June 2011, he announced his retirement as a professional cyclist at the end of the year, citing heart problems as the major cause.
Maurice-Francois Garin (3 March 1871, Arvier, Aosta Valley, Italy – 19 February 1957, Lens or Haute-Savoie, France) was a road bicycle racer best known for winning the inaugural Tour de France in 1903, and for being stripped of his title in the second Tour in 1904 along with eight others, for cheating.
Garin was born the son of Maurice Clément Garin and Maria Teresa Ozello in the Aosta Valley in north-west Italy, close to the French border. The name Garin was the most common in the village, which was French-speaking, belonging to five of the seven families. They married in 1864 when he was a 36-year-old labourer and she a 19-year-old employee of the town's hotel. They had four daughters and five sons, of whom two were twins. Maurice was the first son. The cottage in which he was born, now a ruin, still exists.
In 1885 the family left Arvier to work on the other side of the Alps. The wish for a better life is a likely explanation but does not suggest why they travelled so far, almost to the Belgian border. Speculation surrounds the move, possibly because it was in secret. To emigrate needed authority and mayors had been told by the sub-prefect of Aoste to refuse or at least make
Rasa Polikevičiūtė (born September 25, 1970 in Panevėžys) is a Lithuanian cycle racer. She was one of the first in a long line of Lithuanian cyclists who, together, established Lithuania as one of the powerhouses of women's cycle racing in the 1990s and beyond. One of her Lithuanian cycling contemporaries is her identical twin, Jolanta Polikevičiūtė.
She began cycling at age 13 under the influence of her childhood athletic coach and made her professional debut in 1990. Her top results in the years to come would include an overall victory at the 1997 Women's Challenge and a victory in the 2001 World Road Race Championships.
Along the way, she mastered several languages - besides her native Lithuanian, she also speaks Russian, Italian, and French.
Taylor Phinney (born June 27, 1990) is a world champion American racing cyclist, specialising in time trials and one day classics on the road, and in the individual pursuit the on track. The son of former professional racing cyclist Davis Phinney and former Olympic gold medal racing cyclist and speed skater Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Taylor Phinney rides professionally for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team, and is seen as one of the most promising young riders in the sport.
Phinney started bike racing at age 15 on Team Slipstream's Junior Team. In August 2007, he won the Junior World Championships for the time trial. Since then he has competed in Nationals, World Cups and World Championships for track cycling. Phinney finished seventh in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Later that year, at the US National Track Championships, he won gold medals in the elite 1 km time trial, individual pursuit and team pursuit races. On September 24, 2008, Lance Armstrong announced that Phinney had been named to the Under-23 team being organized by Armstrong. On March 26, 2009, he won the individual pursuit at the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and again at the 2010 UCI
Cadel Lee Evans (/kəˈdɛl/; born 14 February 1977) is an Australian professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France. Early in his career, Evans was a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men's cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Evans turned to full-time road cycling in 2001, and gradually progressed through the ranks. He finished second in the 2007 and 2008 Tours de France. He became the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour (2007) and the UCI Road World Championships in 2009. Finally, he won the Tour de France in 2011, riding for BMC Racing Team, after two Tours riddled with bad luck. At age 34, he was among the five oldest winners in the race's history.
Cadel Evans was born on 14 February 1977 at the Katherine Hospital, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, to Helen (née Cocks), a bank manager, and Paul Evans, a council foreman. He spent his early childhood in the small Aboriginal community of Barunga, 80 km east of Katherine. At the age of seven, he was hit in the head by a horse, and spent seven days in an induced coma. In 1986, his parents separated and he first
Fred Rodriguez (born September 3, 1973 in Bogotá, Colombia) is an American professional road racing cyclist. His nickname is Fast Freddie due to his reputation as a sprint specialist. He is a three-time US national champion as winner of the US Pro Cycling Championship. He came up through the ranks of the U.S. National team (1992–1994) in the same 'class' as a series of other professional riders, including Lance Armstrong, Bobby Julich, George Hincapie, Jeff Evanshine, Chann McRae, and Kevin Livingston.
Rodriguez won four stages of the Tour de Georgia between 2003–07. He won Stage 9 of the 2004 Giro d'Italia, beating Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi, winner of the 2010 Tour de France green sprinter's jersey. Rodriguez finished a close second to Mario Cipollini in the 2002 Milan-San Remo classic. He also led out Davitamon-Lotto team-mate Robbie McEwen to win Stage 13 of the 2005 Tour de France from Miramas to Montpellier. Rodriguez has participated in all three Grand Tours: France, Italy and Spain. Rodriguez raced for the now-defunct Rock Racing team from 2008–2009.
Rodriguez supports youth cycling, including high school mountain bike racing. Fast Freddie resides in Berkeley,
Jan Ullrich (born 2 December 1973) is a German former professional road bicycle racer. In 1997, he was the first German to win the Tour de France. He went on to take five second places and a fourth in 2004. He was stripped of his 2005 third place finish in 2012 following his doping ban. In 2006, Ullrich was barred from the Tour amid speculation of having doped. He retired in late February 2007.
Ullrich won a gold and a silver in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He also won the 1999 Vuelta a España. Although not a one-day specialist, he won the HEW Cyclassics in front of a home crowd in Hamburg in 1997, and had podium finishes in the hilly classic Clásica de San Sebastián. His victorious ride in the 1997 Tour de France led to a bicycle boom in Germany.
In February 2012, Ullrich was found guilty of a doping offence by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He was retroactively banned from August 22, 2011, and all results gained since May 2005 were also removed from his Palmarès.
Ullrich won his first bicycle race at 11. He was educated in the sports training system of the German Democratic Republic attending the KJS sports school in Berlin in 1986. In 1988, he was champion of the
Piotr Wadecki (born 11 February 1973) is a Polish former professional road racing cyclist. He has been professional since 1997.
Wadecki has been a member of the following professional teams: Mróz(-Supradyn Witamin) (1997–2000), Domo-Farm Frites/Lotto Domo (now Predictor-Lotto) (2001–2002), Quick Step-Davitamon (2003), Lotto-Domo (2004), Intel-Action (2005), and CCC Polsat (2006).
In 2000, Wadecki won 15 victories in races counted under the Union Cycliste Internationale's points scheme .
On 15 March 2002, Wadecki was seriously injured in a final sprint in stage 1 (Massa Lubrense-Sorrento, 124 km) of the 37th Tirreno–Adriatico. He suffered skull fractures and a broken wrist.
When transferring from Lotto-Domo to Intel-Action, in 2005, Wadecki was ranked second place in the world. He had achieved a total of 32 wins thus far. While in the Intel-Action Team, Wadecki competed in both the Giro d'Italia and Le Tour de France.
Alberto Contador Velasco (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈβerto kontaˈðor βeˈlasko]; born 6 December 1982) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, best known for being one of five riders to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling. He was the winner of the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team. With the Astana team he has won the 2008 Giro d'Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France. He initially also won the 2010 Tour de France with this team, and the 2011 Giro d'Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard, only to be stripped from these titles later having been found guilty of a doping offence.
Contador is widely considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world. Notable summit stage finishes on which he has victories include the Alto de El Angliru in the Vuelta, the Plateau de Beille in the Tour and Mount Etna in the Giro. After being widely expected to lose his tenuous lead in the 2007 Tour de France in that race's final individual time trial, Contador has become a more accomplished time trialist, with several victories in the discipline. He has earned a reputation as an all-rounder, a cyclist who excels in all aspects of
José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios (born 27 November 1978 in Hinojedo, Suances, Cantabria) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer. He was Spanish Road national champion, three time Spanish time trial champion and won a silver medal in the 2005 Time Trial World Championships. He currently rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.
Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (born 22 May 1983) is a Danish professional road racing cyclist, riding for Danish based Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. In the last part of the 2005 season, the then Glud & Marstrand Horsens rider was taken aboard Team CSC, as the team was then known, as a stagiaire, and was on the hard-working team that helped Lars Bak win the Tour de l'Avenir. His time at Team CSC resulted in a professional contract with the team for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Luis León Sánchez Gil (born 24 November 1983 in Mula) is a Spanish road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Rabobank. He is a time trial specialist and over the last years has improved his climbing skills.
He is also known as Lulu Sanchez. Leon is not his surname but he carries it as a middle name as a mark of respect to his Grandfather originally, but since late 2006 also as a tribute to his eldest brother, Leon Sanchez, who died in a motorbike accident. His younger brother, Pedro León Sánchez Gil, is a professional footballer, playing for Real Madrid as of 2010. His other brother, Antonio Leon Sanchez, plays indoor football. He is not related to fellow Spanish cyclist Samuel Sanchez.
Sánchez rode for team Liberty Seguros from 2004 until 2006, with his major results being overall victories in the 2005 Tour Down Under, and podium positions in the 2006 edition of the same race, and the Vuelta a Castilla y León.
In 2007, he moved to the Caisse d'Epargne team following the collapse of the Liberty Seguros-Würth team in the wake of the Operación Puerto doping case. In his first season with the team, he won the Vuelta a Mallorca, and finished third in Paris-Nice after winning Stage 6.
Michael ('Mick') Rogers (born 20 December 1979 in Barham, New South Wales) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer who grew up in Canberra ACT, and rides for Team Sky. He is a three time World Time-Trial Champion, winning consecutively in 2003 (after David Millar was stripped for doping), 2004 and 2005. Rogers turned professional in 1999 with Mapei-Quick Step, which became Quick Step. In 2005 Rogers joined T-Mobile Team and led it for the 2007 Tour de France.
Rogers lives in Mendrisio, Switzerland with his Italian wife and three daughters.
Rogers was part of the Australian Institute of Sport, which led him to move to Europe at age 16 as an amateur. He started as a track racer under coach Charlie Walsh. Rogers won the world time-trial championship in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He came second in 2003 but became champion after the winner, David Millar, was disqualified for doping. Rogers received his rainbow jersey and gold medal on the day of the 2004 championship, thereby receiving two gold medals on the same day.
In the 2003 Tour de France, Rogers helped Richard Virenque win his sixth Polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains. He was the last rider left to help in Virenque's
Tyler Hamilton (born March 1, 1971, Marblehead, Massachusetts) is a former American professional road bicycle racer. He became a professional cyclist in 1995 with the US Postal Service cycling team. Hamilton was a teammate of Lance Armstrong during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tour de France where Armstrong won the Yellow jersey.
Hamilton appeared at the 2000 Summer Olympics and again at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2004, he won a gold medal at the time trial. The first doping test gave a positive result, but because the backup sample was frozen, no doping offence could be proven. After he failed further doping tests at the 2004 Vuelta a España, Hamilton was suspended for two years.
After his suspension, Hamilton came back and became national road race champion in 2008. In 2009, Hamilton failed a doping test again, and this time he was banned for eight years, which effectively caused him to retire. In July 2010, he was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury revolving around the use of performance enhancing drugs in cycling. In May 2011, Hamilton admitted that he had used banned substances in competition, and returned his gold medal.
On August 10, 2012 the International Olympic
Eugène Christophe (born Malakoff, Paris, France, 22 January 1885, died Paris, 1 February 1970 in) was a French road bicycle racer and pioneer of cyclo-cross. He was a professional from 1904 until 1926. In 1919 he became the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France .
Eugène Christophe rode 11 Tours de France and finished eight. He never won but he became famous for having to weld together his bicycle while leading. It was one of a series of events that coloured his racing career.
Eugène Christophe rode his first race when he was 18 and his last when he was 41 in 1926. He worked as a locksmith until racing took over his life.
The 1906 Tour de France was Christophe's first. He finished in ninth place behind Rene Pottier.
In the 1912 Tour de France Christophe was denied victory by the system of awarding victory to the winner on points. Throughout the race he was the strongest rider, but the Belgians rode together to win sprints to amass points. Only when Christophe could drop the peloton did he finish ahead of eventual winner Odile Defraye.
Christophe won three consecutive stages using this method (including the Tour's longest successful solo break of 315 km to
Sayuri Osuga (Japanese: 大菅小百合, born 27 October 1980 in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan) is a Japanese speed skater and cyclist. She is one of the few athletes who started both in the Winter Games 2002 and 2006 (in the 500 m Speedskating event) and in the 2004 Summer Games (in the 500 m Time Trial cycling event, placing 10th). Until 2006, she was a member of the professional Sankyoseiki speedskating team. She placed first and third in the Speedskating World Cup. She holds the Japanese records in the 500m speedskating and the 500m time trial event. Since 2006, she is sponsored by the construction company Daiwa House Industries Co. Ltd.
Antonio ("Tony") Cruz (born October 31, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is a professional road bicycle racer from the United States, who rides for BMC Racing Team. In 1999 Cruz was the USPRO National Criterium Champion, and became professional. In 2000 he finished 3rd at the USPRO National Championships Criterium in Downer’s Grove, Illinois.
In 2004 and 2006 Tony Cruz won the Tour de Nez. He also finished fourth on stage 16 of the 2004 Vuelta a España.
Axel Merckx (born 8 August 1972 in Uccle), is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer who retired from the sport in August 2007. Since he began his professional career in 1993, he has won an Olympic Bronze medal and competed in 8 Tours de France, finishing in 6 as the highest-placed Belgian rider. During the 2006 Tour he announced that he signed a new contract for one extra season with Phonak, (to be renamed iShares). He also mentioned that this will be his last season as a professional road bicycle racer. However, after Phonak announced that it would stop sponsoring the cycling team, Merckx signed a contract with T-Mobile Team, the same team where he started his professional career.
Despite several strong years of racing, including winning the Belgian national championship in 2000, Merckx is probably still more famous for being the son of five-time Tour de France champion Eddy Merckx than for any of his own cycling exploits. Despite being overshadowed by his father's formidable record, Merckx has repeatedly vowed to make his mark by accomplishing feats Eddy never managed - including a Tour de France stage win at the top of Alpe d'Huez and a win in the Paris–Tours World
Jeffery Bottema (b. April 14, 1960 from Norwalk, California U.S.) was an American professional "Old School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1976 to 1981. He had the nickname of "Battling".
Started bacing: Mid 1974 at 14 years old. His father brought him a monoshock BMX bicycle and he tried out racing.
First race result:
First win (local):
Sanctioning body district(s): National Bicycle Association (NBA) District "X" (Southern California/Los Angeles) 1973-1981.
First sponsor: Two Wheeler's BMX 1974.
First national win: In 14-17 Novice Class at the National Pedal Sport Association (NPSA) Eastern Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia on September 7, 1975.
First Professional race* result:
First Professional* win:
Retired: At the end of the 1983 season. During the last two years of his career he mostly raced 24" Cruiser Class.
Height & weight at height of his career: (1983) Ht:5'11 Wt:165 lbs.
Toby Henderson: "...I was getting a couple of good contracts coming up, and I turned them all down, because I kept calling Raleigh, and saying, "Well, are we going to do something next year?" "Oh yeah, oh yeah, we're really going
Jimmy Casper (born May 28, 1978 in Montdidier, Somme) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Ag2r-La Mondiale.
He has on two occasions finished in last place in the General Classification of the Tour de France, thereby 'winning' the red lantern.
Casper was suspended from his team, Agritubel because he tested positive for corticosteroid, an asthma drug that is banned unless the user has a medical exemption for its use, during the 2008 Tour de France by the Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage. The exemption had been renewed but with a previous asthma medication than the one prescribed and used during the Tour de France. He has been cleared of any charges during the hearing held by the Federation Francaise de Cyclisme. For 2009 he signed with the Besson Sojasun team, with whom he enjoyed success, winning two stages at the Étoile de Bessèges, a stage of the Critérium International, the Paris–Camembert, and the Grand Prix de Denain.
Nico Mattan (born 17 July 1971) is a Belgian former road racing cyclist. His greatest achievement in cycling was winning the Gent–Wevelgem classic in 2005.
In 2005 Mattan won the Gent–Wevelgem in a controversial way, as there were claims that he used Publicity cars to sprint past Juan Antonio Flecha. He also won 2 prologues of Paris–Nice, in 2001 and 2003.
He is known to be very superstitious, for instance his lucky number is 17 (the date of his birthdate), if his race number is 17 or if the ciphers add up to 17, he will look very happy and believes he will win. Once he got number 13 and wore it upside down to avoid bad luck because he heard on a 13th that he wouldn't be able to race anymore because of heart problems and lost the leader's jersey in Paris–Nice on a 13th.
Benjamin (Ben) Swift (born 5 November 1987) is an English professional track and road racing cyclist who has ridden for Team Sky since 2010. Swift won the scratch race at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
Swift was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, he began cycling with Mossley CRT aged 12. In 2003, he came second to fellow Olympian Steven Burke in the under 16 national scratch race championship. As a junior rider, Swift competed at the Junior Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the points race, he won two national titles, the junior points race championship in 2004 followed by the junior scratch race in 2005. He also competed in the senior scratch race in 2005, demonstrating his ability by finishing third to take the bronze medal. Swift began competing internationally, winning several madison events. In 2012 he won the World Championship Men's Scratch Race, becoming Great Britain's first ever World Scratch Champion.
He made his professional road debut in August 2007 joining Barloworld as a trainee during which time he won the King of the Mountains title in the Tour of Britain.
During 2008 he raced for the British Cycling development team and won his first UCI
Laurent Jalabert (born November 30, 1968 in Mazamet) is a French former professional road racing cyclist, from 1989 to 2002. Affectionately known as "Jaja" (slang for a glass of wine; when he continued drinking wine as a professional, the nickname stuck because of the similarity to his name), he won many one-day and stage races and was ranked number 1 in the 1990s. Although he never won the Tour de France, where he suffered altitude sickness, he won the Vuelta a España in 1995; as well as the leader's jersey, he won the sprinter's jersey and climber's jersey all in the same race - only the third rider to have done this in a Grand Tour. With Alessandro Petacchi, Eddy Merckx and Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, he is one of only four riders to win the points classification in all three grand tours.
He turned professional with the French Toshiba team in 1989 and quickly established himself as a daring sprinter. He moved on to the Spanish ONCE team under Manolo Saiz, where he reinvented himself as an all-rounder capable of winning one-day races and the tours.
A catalyst was an accident at the finish of the 1994 Tour de France stage in Armentières. A policeman leaned out and several riders hit
Sylvain Calzati (born July 1, 1979 in Lyon) is a former French road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 2003 and 2011. He turned professional during the year 2003 with Barloworld, and his biggest success was winning the 8th Stage in the 2006 Tour de France. He also won the Tour de l'Avenir in 2004. He currently lives in Genay with his wife and daughter.
Christophe Rinero (born December 29, 1973 in Moissac) is a former French professional road racing cyclist. Rinero's greatest achievements have been to win the Tour de l'Avenir in 1998 and the King of the Mountains in the 1998 Tour de France. In 2002, he won stage 2 at Tour du Limousin. He retired at the end of 2008
Sven Nys (born 17 June 1976 in Bonheiden, Belgium) is a professional cyclist who has won his most important victories in cyclo-cross races.
Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclo-cross racers ever by his peers and prominent figures of the cyclo-cross world; and the leading man in cyclo-cross in the 21st century.
Nys began racing BMX at the age of 8. He won eight BMX National titles before switching his focus to cyclocross and road racing.
In 2005 he became the first cyclo-crosser to achieve the Grand Slam: he won both championships, ended as #1 at the UCI Rankings and won the Superprestige and the GvA Trophy.
In only his second race as a mountain bike racer he won the Belgian Championships and he ended ninth at the Olympic Games in 2008, ahead of the more experienced Belgian competitors.
On 31 December 2006, Nys scored his 150th career win at Superprestige #6 Diegem, Belgium – C1 and went on to win the first race of 2007, the race named after him, the Grand Prix Sven Nys. 4 years later, Nys scored his 300th career win at the Koppenbergcross, one of the toughest races in the season.
Alberto Elli (Giussano, March 9, 1964) is a former Italian road racing cyclist, who wore the yellow jersey for 4 days in the 2000 Tour de France. He is currently a directeur sportif with the Preti Mangimi professional continental team. Elli was called up late for the 2000 Tour de France, and after a group of 12 cyclists stayed away from the others, Elli became a surprise leader, being the second oldest cyclist in the peloton. He kept the yellow jersey until the Pyrenées mountains, where he lost it to Lance Armstrong.
During the 2001 Giro d'Italia, the police found banned substances in Elli's hotel room. In 2005, he was sentenced to six months imprisonment for this.
Christophe Moreau (born 12 April 1971 in Vervins) is a French former professional road racing cyclist. For many years Moreau was the primary French contender for the general classification in the Tour de France: he finished in the top 12 in the GC five times and finished the race as best Frenchman in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also enjoyed success in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, winning the race overall in 2001 and 2007.
Moreau debuted as a professional in 1995 with Festina-Lotus. He was a time trialist early in his career which brought him the victory in the Tour de l'Avenir prologue. He finished the 1997 Tour de France in 19th place overall.
Moreau continued his progression the following year when he won the final time trial and overall of the 1998 Critérium International. However, he tested positive for anabolic steroids for that performance. Festina Team director Bruno Roussel defended Moreau by saying it was another member of the support staff who had deceived the cyclist and caused him to take the anabolic steroids. As a result of this defence which was put forward by his lawyer, Moreau was able to continue competition. But during the 1998 Tour de France, after the
Iñigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (born May 9, 1977 in Getxo, Basque Country) is a professional road bicycle racer, currently under suspension.
Landaluze turned professional in 2001 with Euskaltel-Euskadi, his present team. Landaluze made his debut in the 2003 Tour de France finishing 101st.
In 2005 Landaluze made his breakthrough by winning the 2005 Dauphiné Libéré. However his win was clouded in controversy as it was soon announced he had tested positive for abnormally high testosterone and was suspended from racing until his case was heard out. In 2006, however, he was cleared to return to racing after he showed that the lab conducting tests committed procedural errors. The UCI then failed to show that those errors did not affect the outcome of the tests. The CAS panel reviewing the case said that it was "probable" that Landaluze had committed a doping violation, but the UCI had failed to meet its burden of proof in the case. New revisions to the WADA Code would suggest that Landaluze would have lost his case under the new rules.
Iñigo Landaluze was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union on July 17, 2009 after testing positive for the banned blood booster CERA.
Kim Andersen (born 2 October 1958 in Malling, Denmark) is a former professional Danish road bicycle racer and current cycling team directeur sportif. From 2004 to 2010, he was a directeur sportif for Danish ProTour Team Saxo Bank. From 2011, he holds the same position at the Leopard Trek team.
In 1983 he became the first Dane to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, and later won stages in that race. He has also sported stage wins in Vuelta a España, Quatre Jours de Dunkerque, Ronde van Nederland, Midi Libre and Tour de Suisse, as well as numerous individual wins, 31 during his career. In 1984 he won the semi-classic Flèche Wallonne. He is also known for his repeat doping offenses.
Kim Andersen was tested positive for doping in 1987, and was banned for life, a sentence that was later changed to a one year quarantine. In 1992 he was tested positive again, and fired from his team. He rode as an individual for the rest of the year, before finally retiring.
Andersen was hired as sports director of newly started Danish team Team Chicky World from 1998 until the closing of the team in 1999, after which he went to Team Fakta. After Team Fakta closed in 2003 he switched to Danish
Giovanni Lombardi (born July 20, 1969) is an Italian former professional road bicycling racer who raced from 1992 to 2006. He started his career as a sprinter, winning multiple stages in the Giro d'Italia. He went on to ride as an important helper for the top sprinter names of Erik Zabel and Mario Cipollini. Most recently, he rode for Team CSC as a helper for Ivan Basso. Lombardi was also an active track racer during wintertime, and has participated in many six-day races, frequently as a partner of Marco Villa.
Lombardi was born in Pavia (Lombardy). In 1992 he became a pro with the Lampre team. Lombardi's speciality is the bunch sprint, which he already proved in his early pro-years. Among other wins, he won a stage in the 1993 Midi Libre and the year after two stages in both Tour de Suisse and Vuelta a Murcia. He also came in second in three different stages of the Giro d'Italia during his years at Lampre.
In 1995, his first year of service in the Polti team, he finally won a Giro d'Italia stage, as well as another stage win in Tour de Suisse. A year later he yet again won a stage in the Giro, as well as one in Ronde van Nederland.
Despite his victories, Lombardi still stood in
Niko Eeckhout (born 16 December 1970 in Izegem) is a professional road racing cyclist from Belgium. He was the 2005–2006 UCI Europe Tour series champion, and currently rides for the An Post–Sean Kelly Team.
Eeckhout started his career in 1993 riding for the small Collstrop-team. He immediately started winning minor Belgian races like the Championship of Flanders and the Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde. In 1997 and 1998 he rode for Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass, and then rode two years for Palmans. Eeckhout had a breakthrough season when he transferred to Lotto-Adecco in 2001, winning 11 races, including Dwars door Vlaanderen and the GP van Steenbergen.
Eeckhout struggled through the next two seasons and at the end of 2004 his contract with Lotto-Adecco ended and he needed to find a new team. He signed with the Belgian squad Chocolade Jacques and found his second youth. He started the 2005 season by winning Dwars door Vlaanderen, and went on to win major races including the GP d'Isbergues and a stage of the Three Days of De Panne. In 2006 he continued his winning form, taking the Three Days of West-Flanders. In June 2006 he won the biggest race in his career, the Belgian National Road
Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (born March 20, 1986 in Amorebieta-Etxano, Biscay) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team. In 2012, he won the Vuelta a Asturias and finished 10th overall in the Vuelta a Espana.
Dario David Cioni (born December 2, 1974) is a retired English-born Italian professional road bicycle racer.
Cioni began his career as a professional mountain bike racer at the age of 19. He found success early with victory in the Italian Winter Championship and second place at both the Italian Cup and Italian Championships. Selected to represent Italy at the World Championships, Cioni finished tenth. He continued with similar results through his mountain bike career, with several top five placings at World Cup events including second at St. Wendel in 1996. Cioni also rode some Cyclo-cross towards the end of the nineties.
In 2000, Cioni was selected for the Mapei-Quick Step team, alongside, amongst others, Filippo Pozzato, Fabian Cancellara, Michael Rogers and Charlie Wegelius. His intention was to use the training on the road to help his mountain bike career with the specific aim of riding for Italy at the 2000 Summer Olympics. However, he was not selected for the Olympics and it was at this point that Cioni decided to concentrate on road racing. In his first season, Cioni won a stage of the Tour of Slovenia and was second in a stage of the Tour de Normandie. He also rode his
Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (born 6 May 1982) is a Spanish road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team. Ventoso turned professional with Saunier Duval-Prodir in 2004 before moving to Andalucía-Cajasur in 2008. He won the 2010 Paris-Bruxelles in a bunch sprint. On the back his victory in the one day classic and 3 other stage wins, he was included in the Spanish squad to ride at the World Championships in Geelong.
François Simon (born October 28, 1968 at Troyes, France) is a former French professional road bicycle racer. He was professional from 1991 to 2002. He is the brother of Régis, Pascal and Jérôme, all professional cyclists. In the 2001 Tour de France, Simon wore the maillot jaune for three days and finished as best French finisher in that Tour. Other career highlights include a stage win in the 1992 Giro d'Italia, two stage wins in the Tour de l'Avenir, stage wins in Circuit de la Sarthe, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and Paris–Nice as well as being road race champion of France in 1999.
Jurgen Van Goolen (born 28 November 1980 in Leuven, Flanders), is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer for UCI Professional Continental team Accent.jobs-Willems Veranda's. He has raced and completed the Vuelta a España three times serving mostly as a domestique. He originally signed with the Australian team known as Pegasus for the 2011 season, but was forced to seek employment elsewhere when that team failed to secure a UCI license of any kind.
Maurice De Waele (27 December 1896 Lovendegem – 14 February 1952 Maldegem) was a Belgian professional road bicycle racer.
De Waele placed 2nd in the 1927 Tour, an hour and fifty eight minutes Nicolas Frantz and 3rd in 1928, again won by Frantz. However, he is most famous for winning the 1929 Tour de France. He led the Tour until stage seven when two punctures on the way to Bordeaux cost him the yellow jersey to no less than three other rides on the same time in the general classification, Frantz, Andre Leducq and Victor Fontan. Fontan was the sole leader of the race when a broken bike led to his retirement, leaving De Waele in the lead, seventy five seconds ahead of Frantz. However, punctures to De Waele gave the lead to his nearest rival until he too suffered the same problem. With Frantz out of the running for the title, sickness in Grenoble nearly cost him too but with help from his teammates, he was led to victory.
After winning the 1929 Tour, the organiser, Henri Desgrange despaired so much of the trickery that he thought had let such a minor rider succeed that he abandoned commercially sponsored teams and ran the Tour for national teams for two decades. Desgrange had until
Thomas Voeckler (French pronunciation: [tɔ.mɑ/tɔ.mɑs vœ.klɛʁ]; born 22 June 1979) is a French professional road racing cyclist who rides for the Team Europcar cycling team. He is one of the most prominent French riders of his generation and has been described as a "national hero," due to strong showings in several editions of the Tour de France. He is also known as le Chouchou (Sweetheart).
Born in Schiltigheim, Bas-Rhin, Voeckler has been a professional cyclist since 2001. He comes from the Alsace region of France but later moved to Martinique, where he was nicknamed "Ti-Blanc" (petit blanc) due to his small stature and pale complexion.
In 2003, Voeckler captured two stages and the overall title in the Tour de Luxembourg. The following year, he suddenly rose to international prominence in the world of cycling. After seizing the French championship, the lightly regarded Voeckler entered the 2004 Tour de France. After escaping with five other riders during the fifth stage, Voeckler gained significant time against the peloton, and earned the yellow jersey. Remarkably, he defended his jersey for ten days, even on stages not well-suited to his strengths. With the maillot jaune on his
Christian Knees (born March 5, 1981) is a German professional road racing cyclist who rides for Team Sky. He won the German National Road Race Championship in 2010. In 2011 he was originally going to join the Australian team known as Pegasus but left after they failed to secure a UCI Professional Continental license.
Knees won the German national road race championships in 2010.
In 2011, Knees joined Team Sky as a domestique.
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Eddy Mazzoleni (born July 29, 1973 in Bergamo) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who most recently rode for UCI ProTour Astana Team.
He currently lives in Almenno San Bartolomeo, Italy. Mazzoleni is a talented climber and was a higher finisher on the General Classification in the 2005 Tour de France, notably he finished 3rd on stage 16 to Pau. He also finished 3rd overall in the 2007 Giro d'Italia behind 1st place winner Danilo Di Luca and 2nd place Andy Schleck. His brother in-law is Ivan Basso. Mazzoleni left Astana on July 16, 2007, following implication in the Italian Oil for Drugs case. On April 8, 2008 Mazzoleni was given a two year suspension due to his involvement in this case.
Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɛrks]) (born 17 June 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional cyclist. The French magazine Vélo called him "the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known." The American publication VeloNews called him the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time. He won the Tour de France five times, won all the monuments of cycling at least twice, with 19 monument victories in all, won the Giro d'Italia five times and the Vuelta a España once, won the world championship once as an amateur and three times as a professional, and broke the world hour record. However, he has frequently been accused of doping, having tested positive for banned substances three times during his career.
Eddy Merckx is one of three children born to a couple who ran a grocery in the middle-class area of Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, near Brussels, Belgium. His brother and sister are twins. The family moved to the suburb when he was young. He said:
He acquired his first racing bike, second-hand, when he was eight. His hero was Stan Ockers, who died in a fall on an Antwerp track in 1956.
Geraint Howell Thomas, MBE (born 25 May 1986) is a Welsh professional racing cyclist who rides for the UCI ProTour team Team Sky. A track cycling world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the team pursuit, Thomas has also enjoyed success on the road, winning the Junior Paris-Roubaix in 2004, the British National Championships in 2010 and the Bayern-Rundfart in 2011.
Thomas, from Whitchurch, Cardiff, attended Whitchurch High School. He began cycling with the Maindy Flyers Cycling Club at Maindy Stadium at the age of 10, before going on to ride for other local clubs, Cycling Club Cardiff and Cardiff Just in Front. Following some successes in under 14 and under 16 events, including National Championships, but it was not until he won a silver medal in the points race at the European Championships that he started to realise his potential. Thomas then became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Academy. He won the Carwyn James Junior Award at the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. Thomas competed at World Cup events around the world, and was training in Sydney, Australia in February 2005 when he crashed after the rider in front of him hit a piece of metal in the road
Gino Bartali, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒino ˈbartali]; born Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy, 18 July 1914, died Florence, 5 May 2000) was a war hero and a champion road cyclist. He was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won the Giro d'Italia three times (1936, 1937, 1946) and the Tour de France in 1938. His second and last Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.
Gino Bartali was the third son of four children of a smallholder, Torello Bartali. He was powerfully built, with a broad nose and a boxer's face. He earned pocket money by selling raffia to makers of covers for wine bottles. He began work in a bicycle shop when he was 13. He started racing at 13, became a promising amateur and turned professional in 1935 when he was 21. He was Italian champion the next year. On 14 November 1940 Bartali married Adriana Bani in Florence. The wedding was celebrated by Cardinal Della Costa and was blessed by Pope Pius XII, to whom Bartali donated a bicycle.
Bartali won a stage of that same year's Giro d'Italia and was King of the Mountains, the first of seven times he won the title in
Guido Trenti (born December 27, 1972 in Milan) is an American-Italian professional road racing cyclist who has ridden in each of the three Grand Tours.
Trenti was born to an American mother and Italian father, allowing him to maintain dual citizenship. In 2001, he became the first American to win a stage at the Vuelta a España. In 2002, Trenti represented the United States at the World Cycling Championships, mainly because he was not selected by the Italian team.
He lives in Mussolente during the racing season.
Jesper Skibby (born 21 March 1964 in Silkeborg, Denmark) is a retired professional rider in road bicycle racing. He was one of the most popular in Denmark, not only because of his talent, but also because of his wit and his constant banter. He rode for the Dutch TVM from 1991 to 1997, but switched to the Danish team Team home - Jack & Jones in 1998, where he ended his active career in 2000.
He participated in Tour de France 11 times, completed it 8 times, and won stage 5 between Avranches and Évreux in 1993. He is one of the relatively few riders to have won stages in all three major tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España), and the only Dane. In March 1993 Skibby suffered a double fracture of the skull during a crash in the bunch sprint of stage 5 of Tirreno–Adriatico, however he made a remarkable recovery and was back racing later that year.
Skibby won the Tour of Holland stage race in 1994 after an epic breakaway on the last stage, as well as numerous individual stages in other races. In the 1987 Tour of Flanders, he was the hero, in that his bike got driven over by a race director car on the Koppenberg, resulting in a deformed wheel. As a result, the Koppenberg
Petra Rossner (born November 14, 1966 in Leipzig) is a German cyclist, who won the gold medal in 3 km pursuit track cycling at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In the same event she won the 1991 World Championships and finished second in 1989.
Competing in road bicycle racing, she won the World Cup in 2002. She finished second in 2004, and finished third in the 1988 Giro d'Italia Femminile. She is a seven-time winner of the Liberty Classic—winning the event in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.
Rossner retired after the 2004 season.
Since 1996 she has been living in Leipzig with her partner Judith Arndt. They have since split.
Stephen Roche (born 28 November 1959 in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland) is a retired professional road racing cyclist. In a 13-year professional career, he peaked in 1987, becoming only the second cyclist to win the Triple Crown of victories in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia stage races, plus the World road race championship. Roche's rise coincided with that of fellow Irishman Sean Kelly.
Although one of the finest cyclists of his generation and admired for his pedalling style, he struggled with knee injuries and never contended in the Grand Tours post-1987. He had 58 professional career wins.
On completion of his apprenticeship as a machinist in a Dublin dairy and following a successful amateur career in Ireland with the "Orwell Wheelers" club coached by Noel O'Neill of Dundrum (including a win in the Rás Tailteann in 1979), Roche joined the Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt amateur team in Paris to prepare for the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. Soon after his arrival Roche won the amateur Paris–Roubaix, escaping with Dirk Demol and sprinting to victory on the track at Roubaix. Roche was told by his directeur sportif that if he did not win he "would be sent home to Ireland
Álvaro Pino Couñago (born 17 August 1956) is a former professional road racing cyclist from Spain who raced between 1981 through 1991 and is most famous for winning the overall title at the 1986 Vuelta a España over favorites Robert Millar from Great Britain, Laurent Fignon from France and Sean Kelly from Ireland. The following year, Pino captured the 1987 Volta a Catalunya and at the 1988 Vuelta, Pino won two stages and the King of the Mountains jersey. In all, he won five stages over his career at the Vuelta a España.
From 2007 rgoiugh to 2010, Pino worked as a directeur sportif for Spanish professional continental team Xacobeo-Galicia.
WD = Withdrew
Bernhard Eisel (born 17 February 1981 in Voitsberg) is an Austrian professional road bicycling racer who currently rides for Team Sky.
Eisel won his first race when he was 11 years old, since then he has won many races. When he was 17, he moved to Italy to race for the team Rinascita Ormelle, based in Treviso. After that he moved to Gli Amici Piave, the team of Moreno Argentin. In 2001 he joined the team Mapei-Quick Step and became a professional cyclist, from 2003 on he joined FDJeux.com.
In 2007, Eisel changed to T-Mobile Team. Eisel enjoyed a successful first season with his main victory coming on Stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve. Eisel established himself as the right hand man of sprinter and team mate Mark Cavendish, protecting him throughout the flats and mountain stages and forming part of the HTC lead out train that saw Cavendish take many notable victories in the Tour de France and other races. Eisel also had opportunites to ride for himself, mainly in the classics. He won Paris–Bourges in 2008 and Gent–Wevelgem in 2010, and in 2011, Eisel recorded his best placing in a monument by finishing seventh in Paris–Roubaix.
Following the announcement that HTC-Highroad would fold
Bo Hamburger (born May 24, 1970 in Frederiksberg) is a former Danish professional road racing cyclist. He retired in 2006.
He was fired from Team CSC in 2001, after a positive EPO test. He was later cleared legally since the B test was below the limit, but still higher than normal. Since then, the Danish Cycle Union refused to let Bo Hamburger represent Denmark. Hamburger did through legal means fight that exclusion.
In his book Den største pris - en cykelrytters bekendelser (The Greatest Cost - Confession of a Cyclist) released in Denmark on November 7, 2007, he admitted to using EPO and human growth hormone from 1995 to 1997.
Starting in the middle of 2008, Bo Hamburger involved himself in a pyramid scheme in Denmark. The tabloid Ekstra Bladet tried to reveal this, which led to a public video sequence showing Bo Hamburger and his accomplice stealing a video camera from the journalist.
Christian Vande Velde (born May 22, 1976 in Lemont, Illinois, USA) is an American professional road racing cyclist of Belgian descent who currently rides for Garmin-Sharp. The son of United States Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee John Vande Velde, Christian became professional in 1998 for US Postal.
On 10 October 2012 it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six month ban from 1 September 2012 ending on 1 March 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between 4 June 2004 and 31 April 2006.
He twice rode on the Tour de France team that brought Lance Armstrong to victory, in 1999 and 2001. In the 1999 Tour de France Vande Velde was for a time the leader of the youth classification; he did not complete the 2001 Tour de France. Christian Vande Velde moved to Liberty Seguros in 2004 and switched to Team CSC in 2005. During this time, he worked as a domestique, riding in support of varying team captains, even though the 2005 season saw Vande Velde taking chances of his own including a breakaway on 4th stage of
Danilo Di Luca (born January 2, 1976) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist who rode for numerous UCI Professional Continental teams throughout his career including Liquigas-Bianchi and LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini. He holds victories in the Giro di Lombardia in 2001, the 2005 UCI ProTour and won both the Giro d'Italia and the spring classic Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2007. He was also suspended following a positive doping test during the 2009 Giro d'Italia. In 2011, he rode with UCI ProTeam Team Katusha, for no salary, but moved to Acqua & Sapone for the 2012 season.
Born in Spoltore, province of Pescara, Di Luca began his professional career in 1998 in the Riso Scotti team. He showed talent by winning the under-23 version of the Giro D'Italia. His first pro win was in 1999, when, moving to Cantina Tollo-Alexia Alluminio, he won the first stage of the Giro d'Abruzzo. He remained in the team taking wins in 2001 such as the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia and the Giro di Lombardia. Then, he transferred to Saeco-Longoni Sport.
During his time at Saeco-Longoni he lost the Vuelta al País Vasco on the last stage, a mountain time trial in which Andreas Klöden took the lead and the
Dario Frigo (born September 18, 1973 in Saronno, Italy) is a former professional road bicycle racer. Frigo gained notoriety in the 2005 Tour de France when, lying 52nd overall racing for Fassa Bortolo, he was arrested before stage 11 after French police found ten doses of EPO in his wife's car. His greatest successes have come in one-week stage races such as Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Catalan Week and the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
David Kopp (born 5 January 1979 in Bonn) is a former German road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 2001 and 2011. Kopp's speciality was sprinting and the cobbled classics of Belgium.
Kopp started his pro career with Team Telekom in 2001 before moving to smaller German teams for 2004 and 2005. In 2006, he returned to top level cycling with Gerolsteiner for two years before moving to Pro Continental team Cycle Collstrop in 2008. He did not get a contract for 2009.
In March 2009, it was announced that he tested positive for Cocaine during a National event in Belgium on 11 September 2008.
In February 2010, it was announced that Kopp will ride for the Team Kuota-Indeland on a one year contract for 2010.
George Hincapie (born June 29, 1973) is an American professional road bicycle racer currently riding for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team.
Hincapie is most widely known as a key domestique of Lance Armstrong, having been the only rider to assist Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France victories. Hincapie was also a domestique for Alberto Contador in 2007 and for Cadel Evans in 2011, when both men won the Tour de France. He is one of only two riders in Tour de France history to have raced on nine Tour-winning teams. Hincapie completed his 17th and final Tour in 2012, which is a record.
On October 10, 2012, Hincapie released a statement on his website acknowledging the use of performance-enhancing drugs and confirming that he had been approached by US Federal Investigators and USADA with regards to his experiences with doping. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six-month ban from September 1, 2012, ending on March 1, 2013, along with a stripping of all race results between May 31, 2004, and July 31, 2006.
Hincapie was born in Queens, New York, USA. His father Ricardo, a Colombian, introduced him to cycling, and his first race training was in New
Heinrich Haussler (born 25 February 1984 in Inverell, Australia) is an Australian road racing cyclist with German heritage. Haussler races for UCI ProTeam Garmin-Sharp.
Haussler was born to a German father and Australian mother and raised in the town of Inverell, New South Wales, Australia, before leaving for Germany in 1998 at age 14 to pursue a dream of being a professional cyclist.
Haussler turned professional in 2005 and shot to prominence with a stage win in the 2005 Vuelta a España. Haussler took out five wins in 2006 and has had strong classics campaigns since then. He looks set to be a rider of the future in the classics, in 2009 coming in second in both the Tour of Flanders and Milan – San Remo, narrowly beaten in the latter by Mark Cavendish in a photo-finish. He also finished a strong 7th in the 2009 edition of Paris–Roubaix. Haussler's biggest victory so far was the win of Stage 13 in 2009 Tour de France. Haussler lived in Cottbus starting in 1998, and in 2009 in Freiburg im Breisgau.
A dual Australian/German national, Haussler originally raced under a German license. However, in a 2008 interview on CyclingNews.com, he suggested that he would no longer race for Germany
Jan Jozef Alfons Franciscus Krekels (born August 26, 1947 in Sittard, Limburg) is a retired cyclist from the Netherlands. He became Olympic champion in the 100 km team time trial in 1968 with Joop Zoetemelk, René Pijnen and Fedor den Hertog. He also won the 19th stage of the Tour de France in 1971 and the prologue of Paris–Nice in 1970. He retired from professional cycling in 1978.
Jan Krekels won three big races in the spring of 1968 hoping for selection for that year's Olympic Games in Mexico. The Dutch cycling association, the KNWU asked for more and Krekels won the Tour of Austria, a hilly race, despite his hefty build. The KNWU picked him for Mexico to ride the 100 km team time trial. Of the four in the team, Pijnen and Zoetemelk went on to become good professionals, Pijnen on the track and Zoetemelk on the road. Krekels turned down a contract with the French team, Bic, alongside Lucien Aimar and Jacques Anquetil because he didn't speak French. He rode instead for a small Dutch team and his career fizzled out.
Ken Kifer (October 23, 1945 – September 14, 2003) was a writer, bicyclist and webmaster. His website is still a source of information on bicycling and especially bicycle touring. Ken Kifer was killed by a drunk driver in September 2003 while riding his bicycle just 6 miles (9.7 km) from his home near Scottsboro, Alabama, USA.
Kifer was also a Walden scholar and admirer of Henry David Thoreau, and wrote Analysis and Notes on Walden.
"One day, returning to Alabama by bike, I stopped to wash my clothes in roanoke, Virginia. Two fellows were also doing laundry. They admired my courage and physical fitness, and one of them said, 'I'd like to do something like that, if I were as young as you are.' 'How old are you?' I asked. He said, 'forty-three.' I said, 'I'm almost fifty-one' ... I never lift weights, I never condition my abs, I never stretch, I never diet, I seldom see a doctor, I just walk and ride my bike ... Cycling keeps me lean, fit and healthy, and happy. I know that my own move back to the bike was the best decision I ever made." — Ken Kifer
"Take two bicycle wheels daily" — Ken Kifer
"For commuters, the best front light is the very bright rechargeable lamp." — Ken Kifer
Lars Ytting Bak (born 16 January 1980 in Silkeborg) is a Danish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Lotto-Belisol. He became a professional in 2002 for Team Fakta where he rode with fellow Dane Allan Johansen. In 2004 they both switched to BankGiroLoterij where Lars Bak would win his first professional win, but as the BankGiroLoterij team stopped after the 2004 season, both Bak and Johansen went to Team CSC in 2005.
Here, Bak won the Danish Road Racing Championship, and in the later half of the season he showed his strength and talent as a good upcoming rider, as Bak won the meriting ten stages long U/25 race Tour de l'Avenir. He conquered the leader's jersey by sprinting to the win in a group of four riders on the first stage, a position he defended through the following nine stages bar one, including a time trial and a number of hilly stages.
In 2011 he finally had his Tour de France debut where he worked hard for Mark Cavendish's sprint train and finished off with a breakaway on the last stage. Bak joined Lotto-Belisol for the 2012 season.
Levi Leipheimer (born October 24, 1973) is an American professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI ProTour team Omega Pharma-Quick Step. His major accomplishments include winning the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of the Tour of California, the 2011 Tour de Suisse, the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and the 2006 Dauphiné Libéré. Notable results for Leipheimer on Grand Tours include coming in second in the 2008 Vuelta a España, third in the 2001 Vuelta a España, and having four top-ten finishes in the Tour de France, including third overall in the 2007. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games road time trial competition, Leipheimer won the bronze medal. He is also a two-time national champion having won the National Time Trial Championship in 1999 and the National Road Race Championship in 2007.
On 10 October 2012 it was announced by USADA that he would be suspended for six months for admissions of doping during his time with the US Postal Cycling Team. Later that day a statement was released confirming his acceptance of a six month ban from 1 September 2012 ending on 1 March 2013 along with a stripping of all race results between June 1999 and July 2006, as well as results during
Lorenzo Bernucci (born 15 September 1979 in Sarzana) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who is currently serving a suspension. He rose to international prominence when he won stage 6 of the 2005 Tour de France, when riding for Fassa Bortolo.
He started his professional career with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago in 2002 before joining Fassa Bortolo in 2005. Upon Fassa's demise at the end of 2005, Bernucci secured a contract with T-Mobile. Bernucci was fired from T-Mobile in September 2007 after testing positive for Sibutramine. Bernucci admitted to taking the weight control drug and said he had been taking it for four years, unaware it had been added to the list of banned substances in 2006. T-Mobile judged he had broken the internal code of conduct so fire him immediately. In February 2011, Bernucci was banned from cycling for five years. After his house was raided in 2010, prohibited substances were found and he was banned for 'the use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method, as well as the possession of prohibited substances'. Several members of his family were also banned for either three or four years due to their involvement.
Magnus Bäckstedt (born 30 January 1975) is a Swedish professional road bicycle racer. His greatest achievement in cycling is winning Paris–Roubaix in 2004. Bäckstedt is 1m 93 (6 ft 4in) tall and weighs 94 kg (207 lb).
Born in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden, Bäckstedt began as a skier, selected for the national team when he was 14.
Bäckstedt began his professional career in 1996, riding for Collstrop before moving to Palmans in 1997. In 1998, having switched to GAN, Bäckstedt came seventh in 1998 Paris–Roubaix and won the 19th stage of the 1998 Tour de France between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Autun.
In 2002 and 2003 he rode for Team Fakta where he was the strongest rider in 2003. When Fakta closed he went to Alessio-Bianchi, where he won the 2004 Paris–Roubaix. The two favourites, Peter van Petegem and Johan Museeuw dropped out after crashes, leaving Bäckstedt to sprint on the track at Roubaix against two others. The manager of Crédit Agricole, Roger Legeay, had predicted that Bäckstedt would one day win the race. He said: "He's not a flahute. He's not especially the fastest, but after 260km on the cobbles, it's often the rider who feels freshest who wins."
In 2005 Bäckstedt moved to
Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero (born 14 October 1972 in Madrid) is a Spanish former professional road racing cyclist. He finished his career riding on the UCI ProTour for the Phonak Hearing Systems cycling team, with whom he had ridden since 2005. His career highlights include winning the Clásica de San Sebastián and capturing the overall, points, and mountains competitions along with three stages at the Volta a Catalunya in 2004.
Nicolas Roche (born 3 July 1984) is an Irish professional road bicycle racer. He has twice been national champion and has numerous top ten finishes in Grand Tour stages. He represented Ireland at the 2008 Olympics and 5 times at the UCI World Championships.
Roche, who was born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, is the son of former cycling champion Stephen Roche and his former wife, Lydia, nephew of former cycling professional Lawrence Roche and cousin of 2008 Irish road champion Daniel Martin. Roche was educated at Blackrock College, a private school in Dublin, before moving to south of France in 1999, where he spent most of life since. He currently resides in Varese, Italy.
He turned professional at the end of 2004, with team Cofidis and became one of the youngest UCI ProTour racers. As his father is Irish and his mother French, Roche had dual nationality as an amateur. In early 2005, Roche was told by French officials to choose between his two nationalities. Roche declared for France as he was planning to spend the rest of his life in France. The loss of Roche was a blow to Irish cycling, as he had won the 2002 Junior Tour of Ireland and finished third in the 2004 Irish Elite
Nick Gates (born 10 March 1972 in Sydney) is an Australian professional road bicycle racer.
In 1996, Gates won the Commonwealth Bank Classic.
Gates twice competed in the Tour de France, riding for the Lotto-Domo team, but failed to finish either event, pulling out after the 15th stage in 2003 and after the first stage in 2004.
His career ended with a fairytale victory in his self-named event, the Nick Gates Classic, in Townsville in 2008, where he won with the assistance of long-time teammate, Robbie McEwen.
He is currently working for Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank where he is one of the team's directeurs sportifs.
Nicole Denise Cooke, MBE (born 13 April 1983) is a Welsh professional road bicycle racer and the 2008 Olympic road race champion.
Cooke was born in Swansea and grew up in Wick, Vale of Glamorgan. She attended Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, in the year below Gavin Henson. She began cycling at 11, starting at Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club of which she is a life member. At 16 she won her first senior national title, becoming the youngest rider to take the senior women's title at the British National Road Race Championships. At 18 she became the youngest rider to win the senior women's title at the British National Cyclocross Championships. She won four UCI World Championship Junior titles, the road race in 2000 (Plouay, France), and the unique treble of mountain bike (Colorado, USA), time trial and road race (both Lisbon, Portugal) in 2001. As a result of this achievement she was awarded the 2001 Bidlake Memorial Prize for outstanding performance or contribution to British cycling.
Cooke turned professional for the Spanish-Italian Deia-Pragma-Colnago team at the start of the 2002 season basing herself in Treviso where she learned to speak Italian. In late 2002 she joined the
Santiago Botero Echeverry (born October 27, 1972 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian former professional road bicycle racer. He was a pro from 1996 to 2010, during which time he raced in three editions of the Tour de France and four editions of the Vuelta a España (the Tour of Spain). He was best known for winning the mountains classification in the Tour de France, and the World Championship Time Trial.
He was, for the greater part of his career, a member of the Kelme team, but in 2003 joined T-Mobile Team (then named Team Telekom). His often brilliant performances as part of the Kelme dissipated in Team Telekom, with the team management blaming his lack of discipline in training, but he claimed health problems. In October 2004 he joined Phonak, together with Miguel Ángel Martín Perdiguero from Saunier Duval, and Víctor Hugo Peña and Floyd Landis from Discovery Channel-Berry Floor. He currently lives in both Colombia and Madrid, Spain with his wife. Botero joined the American domestic team, Rock Racing, for the 2008 season. Botero finished his professional career riding for the Colombian team Indeportes Antioquia-IDEA-FLA-Lotería de Medellín.. He is currently the manager of UCI
Serguei Yakovlev, (Kazakh: Сергей Яковлев, born April 21, 1976 in Temirtau, Soviet Union, now Kazakhstan) is a Kazakhstani (ethnic Russian) professional road bicycle racer. He is currently without a team. He turned professional in 1999 and rode for Besson Chaussures for two seasons, then Acqua & Sapone and then he moved to Team Telekom which became T-Mobile. After fellow Kazakhstani Alexandre Vinokourov left T-Mobile at the end of 2005, Yakovlev went with him to Liberty Seguros-Würth team and then the Astana cycling team. Yakovlev's victories include being the national champion of Kazakhstan in 2000, the 2000 edition of the Tour de l'Ain and a stage in the Tour de Suisse.
Steffen Wesemann (born March 11, 1971 in Wolmirstedt, Saxony-Anhalt) is a retired professional road racing cyclist. Wesemann most recently rode for the professional continental team Cycle Collstrop after riding a year with the Team Wiesenhof-Felt squad. He had previously spent the other years of his career at Telekom who later became Team T-Mobile. In September 2005, Wesemann and his family, long time residents of Küttigen, Switzerland, obtained Swiss citizenship. He is a specialist in the one-day Spring Classics—winner the 2004 Ronde van Vlaanderen and 5-time champion of the Peace Race.
Tadej Valjavec (born April 13, 1977 in Kranj) is a Slovenian professional road bicycle racer, currently suspended from competition. He is well known as a good climber due to his rides on mountain stages in the Giro d'Italia. Although he has achieved relatively few professional wins in his career, he has consistently performed well in the Grand Tours, with three top ten and four further top twenty finishes.
On May 4, 2010 Valjavec's name was released as being one of several riders under investigation by the UCI for "irregular blood values". He was provisionally suspended by Ag2r-La Mondiale and pulled from their squad for the impending Giro d'Italia. Team manager Vincent Lavenu stated that should the Slovenian cycling federation sanction him, he would be fired. Valjavec has proclaimed his innocence and claimed an unreported illness is responsible for the values. On July 30, the Slovenian federation officially cleared Valjavec, criticizing the usage of the biological passport in this case stating that it failed to take into account the possible natural reasons for Valjavec's irregular levels. The UCI will likely appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
On April 22, 2011
Volodymir Gustov (Ukrainian: Володимир Густов, sometimes transliterated to Volodymyr Hustov; born 15 February 1977 in Kiev) is a Ukrainian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Team Saxo Bank. He began his career in 2000 with Italian team Fassa Bortolo.
Before the 2002 Tour de Romandie, Gustov was tested with a hematocrit level above fifty percent. This indicates either health problems or doping usage so he was suspended for fifteen days, but in the middle of May, Fassa Bortolo announced that he could ride again. After laboratory tests accredited by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body of cycling, it was stated that his high hematocrit and hemoglobin values were physiologically determined. As his contract ended prior to the 2006 season, former team mate Ivan Basso arranged for him to ride alongside him at Danish Team CSC.
After being selected for the 2008 Tour de France team, he worked for the two Schleck brothers and Carlos Sastre as the race got into the French Alps and Pyrenees.
Wilfried Nelissen (Tongeren, 5 May 1970) is a former Belgium road racing cyclist, known best as a sprinter. Nelissen had to stop his promising career in 1998 because of a knee injury that he got in 1996 after falling down during Gent–Wevelgem. He was involved in an infamous crash at the end of stage 1 of the 1994 Tour de France, when he collided spectacularly with a policeman. The incident also involved French rider Laurent Jalabert.
He was one of the fastest sprinters of his generation.