Luca Paolini

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Luca Paolini
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Paolini at the 2011 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full name Luca Paolini
Nickname Il Gerva
Born (1977-01-17) 17 January 1977 (age 37)
Milan, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Katusha
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type One-day races
Professional team(s)
2002
2003–2005
2006–2007
2008–2010
2011–
Mapei-Quick Step
Quick Step-Davitamon
Liquigas
Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo
Team Katusha
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2006)

One-day races and Classics

Giro del Piemonte (2002)
Brabantse Pijl (2004)
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (2013)
Infobox last updated on
9 June 2014

Luca Paolini (born 17 January 1977 in Milan) is an Italian road bicycle racer who has been professionally riding since 2000. He started his sports career in the early 2000s by joining Mapei-Quick Step (2000–2002), UCI ProTeam directed by Patrick Lefevere. Within Mapei-Quick Step and then its successor team Quick Step-Innergetic (2003–2005), Luca Paolini achieved a number of great victories. Among them were, in particular, the first places at Gran Premio di Lugano, Giro del Piemonte, Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli and Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli. He has also taken stages at Tour of Britain and Tour de Wallonie.

Seasons 2006–2007 and 2008–2010 Luca Paolini spent in two Italian cycling team – Liquigas and Acqua & Sapone respectively. As their member, he triumphed at certain stages of Vuelta a España and Three Days of De Panne, won one-day races Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Trofeo Laigueglia, Coppa Placci as well as Coppa Bernocchi. Meanwhile, his bright victories attracted a particular attention from anti-doping bodies. As his name appeared in taped phone conversations together with Ivan Basso and his sister Elisa, he was suspected in illegal drugs usage.[1] In September 2006 Paolini's home was searched in a doping investigation which was called Operazione Athena[2] – however it appears that no evidence was found that led to any conviction of Paolini's fault, so Team Liquigas refused to suspend him.[3]

In 2011 he was signed by Russian Team Katusha to be a domestique for Filippo Pozzato both at classics and Grand Tours. However, due to Pozzato's poor performance and traumas in season 2011, he switched to other co-riders and pursued his personal goals in the peloton. In autumn 2011 he finished third at Giro del Piemonte having taken his first podium for Team Katusha.[4] In 2013, Paolini took the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after breaking away from the leading group with Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Stijn Vandenbergh. The pair resisted and Paolini won the sprint after Vandenburgh took long pulls in the final kilometers.[5] In Milan – San Remo, Paolini finished in the lead group in fifth position, as MTN Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek won the race.[6]

Palmarès[edit]

1999
2nd Giro del Mendrisiotto
2000
1st Stage 1 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 3 Tour de Normandie
1st Mountains classification Danmark Rundt
2001
1st Gran Premio di Lugano
2002
1st Giro del Piemonte
2003
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2nd Coppa Sabatini
3rd Milan – San Remo
3rd Brabantse Pijl
2004
1st Brabantse Pijl
3rd GP Città di Camaiore
3rd UCI Road World Championships
2005
Tour of Britain
1st Stages 3 & 6
1st Stage 3 Tour de Wallonie
2nd HEW Cyclassics
2006
1st Stage 12 Vuelta a España
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
3rd Coppa Bernocchi
3rd Milan – San Remo
2007
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
3rd Giro della Romagna
3rd Tour of Flanders
2008
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Coppa Placci
2nd Giro del Piemonte
3rd Paris–Brussels
6th Gent–Wevelgem
2009
1st Coppa Bernocchi
2nd Memorial Cimurri
3rd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
3rd Giro del Veneto
4th Giro di Lombardia
2010
3rd Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Points classification
3rd Coppa Agostoni
2011
2nd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
3rd Giro del Piemonte
10th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2012
2nd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2nd Giro del Piemonte
7th Tour of Flanders
9th Olympic Road Race
2013
1st Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
1st Stage 3 Giro d'Italia
5th Milan – San Remo
8th E3 Harelbeke

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 59 111
Yellow jersey Tour 69 101 108
red jersey Vuelta WD WD WD 135 107

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "T-Mobile: "Do it right or don't do it at all"". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Operazione Athena not over for Paolini". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Liquigas backs Paolini after house searched". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  4. ^ "97th Giro del Piemonte — Gran Piemonte". Dailypeloton.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  5. ^ Edward Pickering (23 February 2013). "Het Nieuwsblad analysis: Two against eight – how Omega Pharma won, then lost the race". Cycle Sports (IPC Media). Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Barry (17 March 2013). "Sagan rues missed opportunity at Milan-San Remo". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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