Luciano Pagliarini

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Luciano Pagliarini
Luciano Andre Pagliarini Mendonca - Tour Of California Prologue 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonça
Born (1978-04-18) April 18, 1978 (age 36)
Arapongas, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Team information
Discipline Road/Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
2001–2004
2005
2006–2008
2009
2010
Lampre
Liquigas-Bianchi
Saunier Duval
Memorial-Santos
Scott-Marcondes Cesar-São José dos Campos
Major wins
2007 Eneco Tour of Benelux, 1 stage (2007)
Infobox last updated on
January 26, 2009

Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonça (born April 18, 1978 in Arapongas, state of Paraná) is a retired Brazilian cyclist. A renowned sprinter, he has been regarded as one of Brazil's finest cyclists. Pagliarini has taken part in the road cycling race at 2004 Summer Olympics (from which he withdrew due to mechanical trouble) and the 2005 Tour de France (best position: 5th on stage 2, withdrawal on stage 9).

2007[edit]

Due to health problems, Pagliarini had a bad start in the 2007 season, until the Pan American Games in July, where he won the bronze medal. Ten days after the birth of his first daughter, he won the fifth stage of the Eneco Tour, being the first Brazilian to acquire a victory in the UCI ProTour, with this victory he rebuilt his morale and later won a stage in the Tour of Missouri. This excellent end of the season convinced his team, Saunier Duval to renew his contract.

2008[edit]

Pagliarini had a good season start placing third in the last stage of Tour of Qatar and finishing 15th overall. He also won the 6th Stage of the Tour of California, ahead of Juan Jose Haedo and the world champion Paolo Bettini, two days before the Beijing Olympics Men's Road Race he was diagnosed with kidney stones and due to this fact he was the last rider to finish the course.

2009[edit]

This year was a dark year for the Brazilian sprinter after the team whose he had signed a contract, TelTech H2O, did not get a license from UCI and thereafter was disbanded. Luciano stayed out of contact for some months and gained some weight. In July he announced the comeback to his homecountry to race the Tour of Brazil with team Memorial-Santos and also his preparation on track cycling for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

2010[edit]

Following economical problems in the team Scott-Marcondes Cesar-São José dos Campos, including a lack of payment to Pagliarini, he withdrew from cycling to become a trainer for the Brazilian track team.[1]

Major achievements[edit]

1998 – Caloí
1st, Stage 3, Vuelta Ciclista de Chile
2001 – Lampre-Daikin
2002 – Lampre-Daikin
2003 – Lampre
1st, Stages 2, 3 and 4, Tour de Langkawi
1st, Clásica de Almería
2004 – Lampre
1st, Stages 7 and 8, Tour de Langkawi
1st, Stage 5, Vuelta a Murcia
2005 – Liquigas-Bianchi
2006 – Saunier Duval-Prodir
2007 – Saunier Duval-Prodir
1st, Stage 5, Eneco Tour of Benelux
Bronze medal icon.svg, Pan American Games, Men's Road Roace
1st, Stage 4, Tour of Missouri
2008 – Saunier Duval-Scott
1st, Stage 6, Tour of California
2010 – Scott-Marcondes Cesar-São José dos Campos
1st, Stage 1, 5 and 6, Rutas de América

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokes, S. (2010). Luciano Pagliarini quits cycling two years after winning stage of Tour of California. velonation.com. Accessed November 26, 2010

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