Charles Wegelius

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Charles Wegelius
Charles Wegelius.jpg
Wegelius in the 2007 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full name Charles Wegelius
Nickname Charly
Born (1978-04-26) April 26, 1978 (age 36)
Espoo, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 62 kilograms (137 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber/Mountain Domestique
Amateur team(s)
1999 Linda McCartney Racing Team (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2000–2002 Mapei-Quick Step
2003–2004 De Nardi
2005–2008 Liquigas-Bianchi
2009–2010 Silence-Lotto
2011 UnitedHealthcare
Managerial team(s)
2012– Garmin-Barracuda
Major wins
1 stage TTT Giro d'Italia (2007)
Infobox last updated on
15 May 2013

Charles "Charly" Wegelius (born 26 April 1978 in Espoo, Finland) is a British former professional road racing cyclist.

Never a winner of an individual race, Wegelius nevertheless made a career out of being a reliable and strong domestique, most notably in the mountains.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wegelius' cycling aspirations suffered an early setback, after being injured in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle, which resulted in his spleen being removed and the news that he would never cycle again.[1] He recovered, however, and had his first professional break in 1999, when he rode as a stagiaire for the ill-fated Linda McCartney Racing Team.[2]

Wegelius participated in the cycling at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he finished 5th in the individual time trial and 28th in the road race.[3] He also started the road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but failed to finish.

World Championship controversy[edit]

Wegelius was involved in controversy in 2005 when he and teammate Tom Southam chose not to ride to protect Roger Hammond, their team leader, in the World Championship road race, and instead looked after the riders in their trade teams.[4] Wegelius later repaid the costs associated with his participation in the event, and was never selected to represent his national team again.[5] He later said that he regretted the incident.[6]

Participation in the Tour de France[edit]

Having previously ridden in the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, Wegelius made his Tour de France début in the 2007 edition. By finishing 45th, he was the best placed British rider in the general classification at 1 hour, 41 minutes and 5 seconds behind yellow jersey winner Alberto Contador.

He received a call-up to participate in the 2009 Tour de France as a replacement for Thomas Dekker, who was ruled out following a positive drug test.[7] He finished 60th in the general classification, 1 hour, 14 minutes and 25 seconds behind the winning Contador.

Wegelius also began the 2010 Tour de France. However, much to his disappointment, he had to pull out after suffering from a sickness.[8] It was his last participation in the Tour de France, as he retired after the 2011 Giro di Padania.[6]

Following his retirement, he joined the then Garmin-Cervélo team as Directeur sportif[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wegelius is the son of Christopher Wegelius, a former Finnish banker and the most successful show jumper to have ever represented Finland.[1]

Wegelius was educated at Bootham School in York from 1989 to 1994.[10]

Wegelius has a wife, Camilla.[2]

Palmarès[edit]

1999
2nd Overall Tour of Slovakia
1st Stage 4 U23 Le Transalsace International
2nd U23 European ITT Championship
3rd U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
2002
1st TTT Settimana Ciclista Bergamasca
3rd Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
2005
3rd Overall Vuelta a Aragón
2nd Stage 4
2006
5th Stage 18 Giro d'Italia
5th Overall Tour des Apennins
2007
1st Stage 1 TTT Giro d'Italia
2008
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
2011
3rd Stage 6 Vuelta a Asturias

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Giro 51 48 46 58 WD 69 105 29
Tour - - - - 45 - 60 WD
Vuelta - - 60 WD - - WD

WD = withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cyclingnews talks with Charly Wegelius Cyclingnews.com Accessed 26 September 2011
  2. ^ a b Wegelius calls time on cycling career Cyclingnews.com Accessed 26 September 2011
  3. ^ Commonwealth Sports – Sports Programme Commonwealth Games Federation Accessed 26 September 2011
  4. ^ Herety resigns over team tactics The Daily Telegraph Accessed 26 September 2011
  5. ^ Charly Wegelius: Rider Profile Cycling Weekly Accessed 1 September 2009
  6. ^ a b Charly Wegelius retires from cycling Cycling Weekly Accessed 26 September 2011
  7. ^ Briton Wegelius gains Tour slot BBC Sport Accessed 26 September 2011
  8. ^ I felt like a water bucket with dozens of bullet holes Canyon HEROES Blog Accessed 26 September 2011
  9. ^ Wegelius To Garmin-Cervelo As Director Sportif | Cyclingnews.com
  10. ^ “Lost” Old Scholars Bootham School Accessed 26 September 2011

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