|Full name||Manuel Belletti|
October 14, 1985 |
|Current team||Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela|
|Infobox last updated on
4 April 2014
The first time Belletti showed his cycling skills to the public was when he participated at the 2004 Italian National Track Championships where he and his team mates Loris Gobbi, Alan Marangoni and Matteo Montaguti cycled to second position at the team pursuit. Nearly two years later he booked his first success in road cycling when he finished third in the San Bernardino di Lugo and second in the San Donà di Piave. His first win came in the Giro Ciclisto Pesche Nettarine di Romagna where he won the first part of the fourth stage with the finish in Lugo, Emilia-Romagna. He reached the third spot in the Roncoleva di Trevenzuola before claiming his second career win in stage 1 of the Giro del Veneto in Lonigo. Later that season he finished second in three more races, the Mezzano Inferiore, the Ponton Criterium and the Somma Lombardo. 2007 turned to be another successful year at amateur level as he recorded another four wins, starting off with the Memorial Danilo Furlan and two stages in the Giro Ciclisto Pesche Nettarine di Romagna. Also this season he managed to win a stage in the Giro del Veneto, the fifth stage with the finish in Cassola. Furthermore he finished second in the Trofeo Alcide Degasperi and the GP Cementizillo, while finishing third in the Somma Lombardo.
Belletti signed his first professional contract in 2008 and started riding for Diquigiovanni-Androni. The team sent him to Venezuela to participate in the 2008 Vuelta a Venezuela where he finished three times in second position, in stage 1, 6 and 14. After this stage race Belletti stayed in Venezuela to ride in the Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes, a race over 149.7 kilometres with the start in Punto Fijo and the finish in Coro. After 3 hours, 38 minutes and 15 seconds Belletti won the race to claim his first professional victory.
Also in 2009 Belletti rode some races in South America, this time in Argentina where he came in third in stage 3 of the Giro del Sol San Juan and in stage 6 of the Tour de San Luis. His first European success as a professional was recorded in his home country when he came third in the sprint of the 5th stage of the Giro di Sardegna behind winner Alessandro Petacchi and second placed Daniele Bennati. In the Giro del Friuli he even beat Petacchi, but still came in third as this time Mirco Lorenzetto and Grega Bole took the first two spots. Later on in the Giro di Toscana he finished in second position behind Petacchi. Another two top-three results were recorded when Belletti finished third in the 1st stage of the Österreich-Rundfahrt behind André Greipel and Graeme Brown and second in the Grand Prix de Fourmies behind Romain Feillu.
Colnago-CSF Inox (2010–2011)
Belletti had shown his talent and his skills, resulting in interest from other teams. He then signed a new contract with Colnago-CSF Inox for the 2010 season. His first notable result for his new team was a second spot in the first part of the second stage in the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe. In preparation of his first ever Grand tour, the 2010 Giro d'Italia he rode in the Tour of Turkey and claimed a third spot in the 6th stage, finishing in Finike. During the Giro d'Italia which started in Amsterdam, Netherlands Belletti claimed the fourth spot in the sixth stage finishing in Marina di Carrara. Thirteen turned out to be Belletti's lucky number as he managed to join a breakaway group on the road to Cesenatico in the 13th stage of the race. The group kept an advantage on the peloton of more than seven minutes and Belletti turned out to be the fastest sprinter of the breakaway group, claiming his first victory in a grand tour and his first victory for his new team. Two days later he resigned from the race. A couple of months later he finished fourth and third in two stages of the Brixia Tour, fifth and third in two stages of the Post Danmark Rundt and a fourth position in the Dutch Veenendaal-Veenendaal classic. In August he claimed his second and last victory of that season by beating Danilo Hondo and Mark Cavendish in the sprint of the Coppa Bernocchi. Later that season he finished second in the first stage of the Tour of Britain, second in the Memorial Viviana Manservisi and third in the Memorial Marco Pantani
2011 started very well for Belletti who claimed his first victory of the season already in January, when he won the third stage of the Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria. Less than a month later he came second behind Peter Sagan in the fourth stage of the Giro di Sardegna, but he claimed his second victory of the season half way March in the first stage of the Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali. He then claimed a second spot in the first stage of the Vuelta Castilla y Leon before winning his third race of the year in Marmaris, Turkey during the third stage of the 2011 Tour of Turkey. Just like the year before this race was a preparation for the 2011 Giro d'Italia in which he showed his sprinting strength by becoming second behind Petacchi and Cavendish in the second stage. Also this year he did not finish the stage race as the 12th stage was the last one in which he reached the finish line. His fourth and last win of 2011 he claimed in the third stage of the Brixia Tour where he was the first of four Italians to reach the finish line in Prevalle. He finished the year with a third place in the sixth stage of the Post Danmark Rundt, a second place in the Coppa Bernocchi, another third place in the GP Industria Artigianato e Commercio Carnaghese, a second spot in the second stage of the Settimana Ciclista Lombarda, a third place in the first stage of the Giro di Padania and a second place in the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli.
Ag2r-La Mondiale (2012–2013)
For the 2012 season Belletti made a change to the French team Ag2r-La Mondiale. In the first couple of months of the season he could not continue the form of the previous years as he just managed to finish in fifth position in the third stage of the Tirreno–Adriatico and in the Scheldeprijs.
- 2nd National Team Pursuit Championships
- 1st Stage 4A Giro Ciclisto Pesche Nettarine di Romagna
- 1st Stage 1 Giro del Veneto
- 2nd Mezzano Inferiore
- 2nd San Donà di Piave
- 2nd Somma Lombardo
- 2nd GP della Liberazione
- 3rd Roncoleva di Trevenzuola
- 3rd Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
- 3rd San Bernardino di Lugo
- 1st Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
- 1st Memorial Danilo Furlan
- 1st Stage 4 Giro Ciclisto Pesche Nettarine di Romagna
- 1st Stage 5 Giro Ciclisto Pesche Nettarine di Romagna
- 1st Stage 5 Giro del Veneto
- 2nd Trofeo Alcide Degasperi
- 2nd Trofeo Alcide Degasperi
- 2nd GP Cementizillo
- 3rd Somma Lombardo
- 7th Coppa Citta di Asti
- 1st Stage 1 Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes
- 2nd Giro di Toscana
- 2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
- 3rd Giro del Friuli
- 8th GP Industria Artigianato e Commercio Carnaghese
- 1st Coppa Bernocchi
- 1st Stage 13 Giro d'Italia
- 2nd Gran Premio Città di Modena
- 3rd Memorial Marco Pantani
- 4th Dutch Food Valley Classic
- 1st Stage 3 Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
- 1st Stage 1a Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 1st Stage 3 Tour of Turkey
- 1st Stage 3 Brixia Tour
- 2nd Coppa Bernocchi
- 2nd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
- 3rd GP Industria Artigianato e Commercio Carnaghese
- 6th GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
- 7th GP Costa degli Etruschi
- Route du Sud
- 1st Stage 4
- 1st Points classification
- 5th Scheldeprijs
- 7th GP Costa degli Etruschi
- 4th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
- 5th Route Adélie
- 7th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress
- Farrand, Stephen (25 October 2013). "Hoogerland signs with Androni Giocattoli for 2014". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 1 November 2013. "Hoogerland is expected to be part of the team's Giro d'Italia squad alongside other new signing Manuel Belletti, who joins from Ag2r-La Mondiale."
- "National Championship, Track, Team Pursuit, Elite, Italy 2004".
- "Manuel Belletti".
- "Giro Ciclisto Pesche Nettarine di Romagna 2006".
- "Giro del Veneto 2007".
- "Vuelta a Venezuela 2008".
- "Clasico Ciclistico Banfoandes 2008".
- "Giro di Sardegna 2009".
- "Giro del Friuli 2009".
- "Giro di Toscana 2009".
- "Österreich-Rundfahrt 2009".
- "GP Fourmies 2009".
- "Circuit Cycliste Sarthe 2010".
- "International Presidency Turkey Tour 2010".
- "Giro d'Italia 2010".
- "Giro d'Italia 2010".
- "Coppa Bernocchi 2010".
- "Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria 2011".
- "Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali 2011".
- "International Presidency Turkey Tour 2011".
- "Giro d'Italia 2011".
- "Brixia Tour 2011".
- "Belletti joins Ag2r-La Mondiale". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 30 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- Manuel Belletti profile at Cycling Archives