Lech Piasecki

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Lech Piasecki
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Personal information
Full name Lech Piasecki
Born (1961-11-13) 13 November 1961 (age 53)
Poznań, Poland
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road/Track
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1986–1988
1989
1990
1991
Del Tongo
Malvor-Sidi
Diana-Colnago
Colnago-Lampre
Infobox last updated on
23 October 2009

Lech Piasecki (born 13 November 1961) is a Polish former racing cyclist. Born in Poznań, he became the first Polish cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, in 1987.[1]

After Piasecki became Amateur world champion in 1985, the Colnago team wanted to sign him. The Polish cycling organisation allowed that in exchange for bicycles.[2] His first victory as a professional cyclist was in a time trial in the 1986 Giro d'Italia, where he surprisingly beat many favourites.[3] In 1987 he won the first stage of the Tirreno–Adriatico. It was a time trial in which he started early, and the wind changed direction after Piasecki finished, so the main favourites who started later had a disadvantage.[4] In the 1987 Tour de France, Piasecki became second in the prologue, and took the yellow jersey in the team time trial. After he lost the lead, he had to abandon in the seventh stage due to diarrhea.[5] On August 24, 1988 he became World Track Champion in individual pursuit.

Major victories[edit]

1982
1st Stage 7a, Milk Race
3rd Stage 5, Milk Race
1983
6th and 6th stage Tour de Pologne
1984
3rd Polish National Road Race Championships
1985
1st Arc en ciel.svg UCI Road World Championships, Amateurs
1st Peace Race
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 8
1st Stage 11
1986
1st Tour de Romagna
1st Florence-Pistoia
1st Stage 12, Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3, Tour de l'Aude
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Giuseppe Saronni)
1987
1st Stage 1, Tirreno–Adriatico
1988
1st Stage 21b, Giro d'Italia
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Czesław Lang)
1989
1st Tour de Friuli
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 10
1st Stage 15b
1st Stage 22
1st Stage 7, Tirreno–Adriatico
1990
1st Florence-Pistoia

Tour de France[edit]

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Andrzej Grubba
Polish Sportspersonality of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Andrzej Malina