Igor Antón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Antón and the second or maternal family name is Hernández.
Igor Antón
Igor Antón 2nd overall Euskal Bizikleta 2008.jpg
Antón at the 2008 Euskal Bizikleta.
Personal information
Full name Igor Antón Hernández
Nickname Fuji
Born (1983-03-02) 2 March 1983 (age 31)
Galdakao, Basque Country, Spain
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
2005–2013
2014–
Euskaltel-Euskadi[1]
Movistar Team
Major wins
Giro d'Italia, 1 Stage
Vuelta a España, 4 Stages
Tour de Romandie, 2 Stages
Tour de Suisse, 1 Stage
Infobox last updated on
3 January 2014

Igor Antón Hernández (born 2 March 1983) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team, the Movistar Team.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Galdakao, Basque Country, Antón's first major achievement since turning professional in 2005, was winning the sixteenth stage of the 2006 Vuelta a España, between Almería and the Calar Alto Observatory.[3]

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 impression. The Tour was filled with bad luck for Antón as he had at least three falls during the start of the three-week race. However, Antón came out of the Tour in great form and took the season's only victory on 2 August, when he won the Subida a Urkiola.

In 2010, Anton proved to be a formidable rider in the Classics, taking 4th at La Fleche Wallonne and 6th at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. In the Vuelta a Espana, Anton won Stage 4 and Stage 11 giving him the leader's jersey. However on Stage 14 whilst wearing the leader's jersey, Anton crashed heavily on a descent and he was forced to retire after the crash.

In 2011, Anton won two grand tour stages. He won Stage 14 in the Giro d'Italia and Stage 19 in the Vuelta a Espana which were both summit finishes.

In 2012, Anton build his whole season on the 2012 Vuelta a Espana. He ended up finishing 9th overall after an impressive race in the mountains.

Antón joined the Movistar Team for the 2014 season, after his previous team – Euskaltel-Euskadi – folded at the end of the 2013 season.[2]

Major results[edit]

2006
1st Stage 16 Vuelta a España
1st Escalada a Montjuïc
2007
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4
8th Overall Vuelta a España
2008
3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 2
2009
1st Subida a Urkiola
2010
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 4 & 11
2nd Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 3
2nd Klasika Primavera
4th La Flèche Wallonne
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
9th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 5
2011
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 19 Vuelta a España
3rd Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
5th La Flèche Wallonne
2012
3rd Klasika Primavera
9th Overall Vuelta a España
9th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2013
2nd GP Miguel Indurain
6th Vuelta a Murcia
8th La Flèche Wallonne

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro d'Italia 83  —  —  —  —  — 17  —  —
Yellow jersey Tour de France  —  — WD  — 66  —  —  — 23
golden jersey Vuelta a España  — 15 8 WD 33 WD 33 9 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Euskaltel-Euskadi (EUS) – ESP". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Igor Anton signs two-year deal with Movistar after folding of Euskaltel-Euskadi team". Sky Sports (BSkyB). 10 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anton reaches heights of Calar Alto". Eurosport.com. 

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