Abraham Olano

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Abraham Olano
Abraham Olano (2006).jpg
Personal information
Full name Abraham Olano Manzano
Born (1970-01-22) January 22, 1970 (age 44)
Anoeta, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-trialist
Amateur team(s)
Kaiku, AVSA
Professional team(s)
1992
1992
1993
1994–1997
1997–1998
1999–2001
CHCS
Lotus
CLAS Cajastur
Mapei
Banesto
ONCE
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 Stage
Vuelta a España
General Classification (1998)
5 Stages

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Champion (1995)
World Time Trial Champion (1998)
National Road Race Champion (1994)
National Time Trial Champion (1994, 1998)
Infobox last updated on
20 February 2009

Abraham Olano Manzano (born on January 22, 1970 in Anoeta, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish former professional road racing cyclist. His highest achievement was in 1995 when he became World Road Champion. In 1998 he won the World Time Trial Championship.

Amateur career[edit]

Olano started racing 11 years old at the Oria Cycling school, and already at junior level he won several races.[1] Later, Olano went to track racing. He became Spanish Champion in pursuit (together with Etxegoyen, Pérez and Juárez), in the 1 km with standing start and in sprint.[1] In road racing, he started as an amateur for Kaiku and AVSA. He was specialized in sprinting.

Professional career[edit]

In 1992, Olano started his professional career at CHCS. This team shortly after disbanded, and he moved to Lotus. With Lotus, Olano won his first professional race, the Gran Premio de Villafranca de Ordizia in Gipuzkoa.[1]

In 1993, Olano switched to CLAS Cajastur, which was later merged with Mapei. Here, he started to win important races, such as the Vuelta a Asturias and the Spanish National Road Race Championships, both in road race and time trial.

In 1995, Olano won the World Cycling Championship in Colombia, ahead of his compatriot Miguel Indurain, and won three stages in the Vuelta a España.[1] Olano was seen by many supporters as the successor to five-times Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain.

Olano established his abilities in stage races in 1996; he won the Tour de Romandie, finished third in the Giro d'Italia (leading the race at the second to last day), and finished ninth in the Tour de France. He also won the silver medal in the time trial at the 1996 Olympic Games.[1]

Olano finished fourth in the 1997 Tour de France.

In 1998, he again became world champion, this time in the time trial, and won his only grand tour, the Vuelta a España.[1]

In 1999, Olano switched to the Spanish ONCE team and remained there through the end of his career in 2001. His highest achievement in that period was 2nd place in the 2001 Giro d'Italia.[1]

Doping revelations[edit]

Olano is one of the people responsible for designing stages for the Vuelta a España.[1] He was fired from this position after a report from the French senate revealed that he had delivered a suspicious sample during the 1998 Tour de France, indicating use of EPO.[2]

In November 2006 he ran the San Sebastian marathon in a time of 2:39:19.

Major achievements[edit]

1994
Spain Winner, Spanish National Road Race Championships
Spain Winner, Spanish National Time Trial Championships
Clásica de Alcobendas
Vuelta a Asturias
1995
MaillotMundial.PNG Winner, Road Race World Championship
Vuelta a España:
Winner 3 stages
2nd place overall classification
1996
Olympic Games
Med 2.png 2nd place ITT
Giro d'Italia:
3rd place overall classification
Tour de France:
9th place overall classification
Tour de Romandie
Tour of Galicia
1997
Tour de France:
4th place overall classification
winner 1 stage
Bicicleta Vasca
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1998
MaillotMundial.PNG Winner, Time Trial World Championship
Spain Winner, Spanish National Time Trial Championships
Vuelta a España:
Jersey gold.svg Winner
Won 1 stage
Bicicleta Vasca
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1999
Vuelta a España:
Winner 1 stage
Vuelta a Burgos
2000
Vuelta a España:
Winner 1 stage
Tirreno–Adriatico
Critérium International
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
2001
Giro d'Italia:
2nd place overall classification
Clásica de Alcobendas

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Pink jersey Giro - - - 3 - - - - 2 -
Yellow jersey Tour WD 30 - 9 4 WD 6 34 - 78
gold jersey Vuelta - 20 2 - WD 1 WD 19 64 -

WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Abraham Olano". Giant Tours. 
  2. ^ "Zabel "geht in sich", Olano gefeuert" (in German). Eurosport. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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