Djamolidine Abdoujaparov

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Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
Джамолидин Абдужапаров
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Personal information
Full name Djamolidine Abdoujaparov
Nickname The Tashkent Terror
Born (1964-02-28) February 28, 1964 (age 50)
Tashkent, Soviet Union
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1990
1991–1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
Alfa Lum
Carrera
Lampre
Polti
Novell
Refin
Lotto
Major wins

Tour de France

Points classification (1991, 1993, 1994)

Giro d'Italia

Points classification (1994)
Intergiro classification (1994)

Vuelta a España

Points classification (1992)
Infobox last updated on
April 16, 2007

Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (English: Jamoliddin Abdujaparov, Жамолиддин Абдужапаров; Russian: Джамолиди́н Абдужапа́ров) (born 28 February 1964 in Tashkent) is a former professional road racing cyclist from Uzbekistan. Because of the oppression practiced by the Soviet government, crimean tatar Dschamolidin was forced to call himself an Uzbek.[1] Abdoujaparov was a sprinter, nicknamed "The Tashkent Terror"[2] as he was so ferocious in the sprints. His unorthodox and often erratic sprinting caused a number of crashes.

Abdoujaparov was born in Tashkent. A graduate of the Soviet sports programme, he came into his prime just as his country gained independence; after initial difficulties (including Uzbekistan's not being affiliated to the UCI, which caused problems with the Cycling World Championship) he signed for a Western professional team and became one of the world's top sprinters.

Abdoujaparov had numerous tussles with Laurent Jalabert in the Tour de France's green sprinters jersey competition in the early 1990s. In 1991 Abdoujaparov won the competition despite a spectacular crash during the final stage on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, where he collided with the barriers 100m before the finish and somersaulted into the air. Despite still holding enough points to win the sprinters' jersey, he had to cross the line unaided. Members of his team picked him up, put him back on the bike, and he rode slowly over the last few meters, medical staff walking alongside him.

In his last complete tour in 1996, Abdoujaparov achieved a mountain breakaway for his last stage win, unusual for a sprinter. By this stage, though, results were not as good, and after failing anti-doping tests during the 1997 Tour de France’s second stage, he retired from cycling. He failed the tests screening for the presence in his body of, among others, the anti-asthma drug Clenbuterol.

Victories[edit]

1987 Soviet national team Soviet Union
Peace race
3 stages winner
1988 Soviet national team Soviet Union
Peace race
Jersey white.svg Points classification winner (white jersey)
2 stages winner
Olympic games Seoul
5. place
1989 Soviet national team Soviet Union
Peace race
1 stage winner
1990 Alfa Lum
first year as professional
1991 Carrera
Gent–Wevelgem
Giro del Piemonte
Tour de France
Jersey green.svg points classification winner
Winner stages 1 and 4
1 stage winner Semana Siciliana
2 stages winner Vuelta a Murcia
1 stage winner Volta a Catalunya
G.P. Montreal
1992 Carrera
Vuelta a España
Jersey blue.svg points classification winner
4 stages winner
1 stage Tour of Britain
1993 Lampre
Tour de France
Jersey green.svg points classification winner
Winner stages 3,18 and 20
Vuelta a España
3 stages winner
Tour de Suisse
1 stage
Criterium Amiens
Criterium Lisieux
Criterium Hendaya
1994 Polti
Giro d'Italia
Jersey violet.svg points classification winner
Jersey blue.svg Intergiro Classification winner
1 stage winner
Tour de France
Jersey green.svg points classification winner
winner stages 1 and 20
2 stages winner Paris–Nice
2 stages winner Three Days of De Panne
1 stage Tour DuPont
Omnium Elsloo
Profronde Roosendaal
G.P. Rik van Steenbergen
Poly Normande
2 stages winner Tour of Holland + 2nd place in overall classification
Criterium Vayrac
Criterium Bavikhove
1995 Novell
Tour de France
Winner stage 20
1 stage winner Tour DuPont
Criterium Quillan
1996 Refin
Tour de France
Winner stage 14
1 stage winner Vuelta a Murcia
1 stage winner Tirreno–Adriatico
1 stage winner Giro di Sardegna
Criterium Dijon
Criterium Cauderan-Burdeos
1997 Lotto
La Côte Picarde
1 stage Four Days of Dunkirk
2 stages Dauphiné Liberé

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