Mayo at the 2007 Giro d'Italia
|Full name||Iban Mayo Diez|
|Nickname||El Gallo (The Rooster)|
August 19, 1977 |
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)|
|Rider type||Climbing specialist|
|Tour de France, 1 stage
Giro d'Italia, 1 stage
Dauphiné Libéré (2004)
Tour of the Basque Country (2003)
Vuelta a Burgos (2006)
|Infobox last updated on
February 3, 2008
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. Mayo finished the Tour sixth.
In 2004 Iban won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, regarded as preparation for the Tour de France. He beat Lance Armstrong by two 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, and after losing time due to a crash, he lost more in the Pyrenees due to injuries and mononucleosis. Mayo 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 signed for Saunier Duval-Prodir.
Mayo won the 19th stage of the 2007 Giro d'Italia. On July 30, 2007, the UCI confirmed he had failed a test for EPO during the Tour de France, which he finished 16th . On October 22, the Spanish federation cleared Mayo after a second test proved negative. The UCI president Pat McQuaid stopped short of clearing the rider, pending further tests.
On September 13, 2009, Mayo decided not to make a comeback to professional cycling, thus effectively ending his career.
- 1st, Stage 6, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Pontcharra - Briançon
- 1st, Classique des Alpes
- 1st, Overall, Grand Prix du Midi Libre
- 11th, Overall, Vuelta a España
- 5th, Overall, Vuelta a España
- 1st, Overall, Tour of the Basque Country
- 2nd, Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 6th, Overall, Tour de France
- 1st, Stage 8, Sallanches - L'Alpe d'Huez
- 1st, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 2nd, Tour of the Basque Country
- 2nd, Classique des Alpes
- 1st, Overall, Vuelta Asturias
- 1st, Subida al Naranco
- 1st, Clásica de Alcobendas
Notes and references
- "Dauphine Libere 2004 stage 4 results report and photos". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
- "Mayo fails dope test for EPO," AFP, July 30, 2007. Posted 19:29 GMT
- "Mayo cleared after negative B test". cnn.com. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
- "Mayo's 'B' sample to be re-tested". BBC Sport. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- "Spanish cyclist Mayo's failed doping test confirmed: report". AFP. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
- Mark Ledsom (12 August 2008). "Sports court bans Spaniard Mayo for two years". REUTERS.