Mapei (cycling team)

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Mapei
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Team information
UCI code MAP
Based Italy (1993-1997)
Belgium (1998-2002)
Founded 1993 (1993)
Disbanded 2002 (2002)
Discipline Road
Bicycles Viner (1993)
Colnago (1994-2002)
Key personnel
Directeur sportif Giuseppe Saronni (1997-1998)
Patrick Lefevere (1999-2000)
Alvaro Crespi (2000-2002)
Team name history
1993
1994
1995-1997
1998
1999–2002
Mapei
Mapei-Clas
Mapei-GB
Mapei-Bricobi
Mapei-Quick Step

Mapei was an Italian based road bicycle racing team active from 1993 to 2002, named after sponsoring firm Mapei. From 2003 Mapei dropped the sponsorate, and a new team was built on top of the old with the name of Quick Step-Davitamon.

Mapei was one of the strongest teams during the late 1990s, and ranked as the strongest UCI team in 1994-2000 and 2002.

The team had the great Belgian and Italian classic specialists of the 1990s such as Johan Museeuw, Michele Bartoli, Andrea Tafi, Franco Ballerini, and had Patrick Lefevre as directeur sportif and then manager. The team won Paris–Roubaix five times. Three times (1996,[1] 1998[2] and 1999[3]) the team even won the first three places. In the 1996 edition, the sprint for the line was decided 15 km from the finish. Directeur sportif Patrick Lefevere, who was following the race in the team car, talked with the owner of Mapei, Giorgio Squinzi (in Milan), who said that Museeuw was to win the race. Gianluca Bortolami was second while Andrea Tafi was third.[1] In 1998 Franco Ballerini won the race with over four minutes ahead of his two teammates Tafi and Wilfried Peeters.[2] and in 1999 Tafi won with an advantage of two minutes over teammates Peeters and Tom Steels. In the summer of 2000, Lefevre announced that the Belgian part of the Mapei team would be leaving the team to form a new team called Domo-Farm Frites which had Museeuw as team captain. As a result, there was a great rivalry between the two teams.[4]

Mapei was less dominating in the Grand Tours. The only true stage race specialist was Tony Rominger, who won the 1994 Vuelta a España and the 1995 Giro d'Italia for the team. As Rominger focused on the Tour de France in 1996, Abraham Olano was given the leadership role at the Giro d'Italia in 1996. Olano took the maglia rosa but lost it in the mountains and during the Tour, Rominger lost time in the mountains. The team never played a major role in the Tour de France.

The official names of the team changed with the cosponsors several times. The team has run under the following names: Mapei (1993) Mapei-Clas (1994), Mapei-GB (1995–1997), Mapei-Bricobi (1998), Mapei-Quickstep (1999–2002).

Short history[edit]

While started in 1993 (taking the Eldor-Viner team midseason), the Mapei team already became an international top team one year later when it merged with the Spanish Clas-Cajastur for the 1994 season. Clas had been a cycling sponsor since the 1988 Clas-Razesa team, led by José Manuel Fuente Lavandera. Among the Clas-riders who joined the Italian Mapei team were Fernando Escartín, Abraham Olano and, most prominently, Swiss top rider Tony Rominger. Other newly signed riders included Franco Ballerini, Gianluca Bortolami, Andrea Tafi and Mauro Gianetti, forming a Spanish-Italian top team with two strong Swiss riders as well.

Already in 1995, Clas stopped sponsoring, being replaced by GB. GB had previously sponsored the Italian MG-Maglificio team, which has had success in the early nineties in part due to a Flemish influence. Along with the new sponsor came team manager Patrick Lefevere and top rider Johan Museeuw, marking the beginning of the Belgian influence of the successful Mapei team in the following years, although the team would always have some strong Spanish riders. Another new rider in 1995 was Frank Vandenbroucke, who joined from the Lotto team.

In the remainder of the 1990s Mapei would celebrate many major successes, usually in the one day classics.

The Mapei Cycling team was disbanded though. The decision was announced in May. The major factor was humiliation and anger over a drugging case, one more of those scandals that continue to undermine bicycle racing.

Major Results[edit]

1993
1st Trofeo Melinda, Stefano Della Santa
1994
1st Züri-Metzgete, Gianluca Bortolami
1st UCI Road World Cup, Gianluca Bortolami
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a España, Tony Rominger
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Tony Rominger
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Nice, Tony Rominger
One Hour World Record, Tony Rominger
1995
1st Giro Ciclistico d´Italia, Giuseppe di Grande
1st Criterium Bavikhoeve, Johan Museeuw
1st GP Eddy Merckx, Johan Museeuw
1st Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, Adriano Baffi
1st 4 Jours de Dunkerque, Johan Museeuw
1st Vuelta a Andalucia, Stefano Dell Santa
1st Clasica Internacional a Alcobendas
1st Trofeo Laigueglia, Johan Museeuw
1st Omloop Het Volk, Franco Ballerini
1st Cholet - Pays De Loire, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Bart Leysen
1st Ronde van Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
1st Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Tony Rominger
1st Paris–Roubaix, Franco Ballerini
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie, Toni Rominger
1st Prologue, Stages 3 & 4b Toni Rominger
1st Overall Giro d'Italia, Toni Rominger
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification, Toni Rominger
1st Jersey blue.svg Intermediate Sprints classification, Toni Rominger
1st Stages 2 (ITT), 4, 10 (ITT) & 17 (ITT), Toni Rominger
1st Flèche Hesbignonne, Wilfired Pieters
1st Züri Metzgete, Johan Museeuw
1st Druivenkoers - Overijse, Johan Museeuw
1st Schaal Sels - Merksem, Bart Leysen
1st Criterium Adinkerke, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
1st Prologue, Stage 7 & 20 Vuelta a Espana, Abraham Olano
1st Paris - Bruxelles, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Stage 19 Vuelta a Espana, Adriano Baffi
1st Critérium de Oostrozebeke, Adriano Baffi
1st Arc en ciel.svg World Road Race championships, Abraham Olano
1st Paris-Bourges, Daniele Nardello
1st Subida al Naranco, Abraham Olano
1st UCI Road World Cup, Johan Museeuw
1996
1st Trofeo Melinda, Andrea Tafi
1st Amsterdam Derny Race, Franco Ballerini
1st  Spain National Road Race championships, Manuel Fernandez
1st Criterium Bavikhoeve, Abraham Olano
1st Criterium Aalst, Tom Steels
1st Trofeo Manacor, Frederico Colonna
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour Méditerranéen, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Austria, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire, Adriano Baffi
1st Roma Maxima, Andrea Tafi
1st Coppa Placci, Andrea Tafi
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos, Tony Rominger
1st Milano–Torino, Daniele Nardello
1st Binche-Tournai-Binche, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Trofeo Laigueglia, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Omloop Het Volk, Tom Steels
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Carlo Bomans
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
1st Paris–Camembert, Adriano Baffi
1st Paris–Roubaix, Johan Museeuw
1st Scheldeprijs, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Overall Tour de Romandie, Abraham Olano
1st Prologue & Stage 5, Abraham Olano
1st GP de Wallonie, Franco Ballerini
1st Binche-Tournai-Binche, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st  Belgium National Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
1st Circuito de Getxo, Arsenio Gonzalez
1st Boucles de l´Aulne, Abraham Olano
1st GP Ouest France–Plouay, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Stage 2 Tour de Pologne, Federico Colonna
1st Stages 4 & 22 Vuelta a Espana, Tom Steels
1st Stages 10 (ITT) & 21 (ITT) Vuelta a Espana, Toni Rominger
1st Stage 12 Vuelta a Espana, Daniele Nardello
1st Paris - Bruxelles, Andrea Tafi
1st Subida al Naranco, Francisco Javier Mauleon
1st Arc en ciel.svg World Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
1st Milano-Torino, Daniele Nardello
1st Giro di Lombardia, Andrea Tafi
1st UCI Road World Cup, Johan Museeuw
1997
1st GP Tell, Oscar Camenzind
1st Profronde van Almelo, Tom Steels
1st 4 Jours de Dunkerque, Johan Museeuw
1st Nacht van Peer, Johan Museeuw
1st Criterium Aalst, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Criterium d´Abruzzo, Daniele Nardello
1st Overall Tour de Luxembourg, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Overall Volta a Portugal, Zenon Jaskula
1st Overall Tour of Austria, Daniele Nardello
1st Gala Tour de France, Johan Museeuw
1st Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, Johan Museeuw
1st Stages 1, 2, 4 & 8a Paris–Nice, Tom Steels
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Gianluca Pianegonda
1st KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Johan Museeuw
1st Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Gabriele Missaglia
1st Stages 3 & 5a Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Stefano Zanini
1st Overall Tour de Romandie, Pavel Tonkov
1st Stage 1, Giuseppe di Grande
1st Stage 4, Pavel Tonkov
1st Stages 3 (ITT), 5 & 21 Giro d´Italia, Pavel Tonkov
1st Stage 11 Giro d´Italia, Gabriele Missaglia
1st Stage 12 Giro d´Italia, Giuseppe Di Grande
1st Rund um Köln, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Giro dell´Appennino, Pavel TonkovPavel Tonkov
1st Stages 1 & 9 Tour de Suisse, Oscar Camenzind
1st Stages 1a, 2 & 4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya,
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse, Tom Steels
1st  Italy National Road Race championships, Gianni Faresin
1st   Switzerland National Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
1st  Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
1st Trofeo Matteotti, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Wincanton Classic, Andrea Tafi
1st Schaal Sels - Merksem, Tom Steels
1st GP de Fourmies, Andrea Tafi
1st Stages 11, 16 & 17, Vuelta a Espana, Jan Svorada
1st Stages 13 & 15, Vuelta a Espana, Pavel Tonkov
1st Coppa Sabatini, Andrea Tafi
1st GP Beghelli, Stefano Zanini
1998
1st Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Pavel Tonkov
1st Criterium Bavikhoeve, Andrea Tafi
1st Overall Tour de Wallonne, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Roma Maxima, Andrea Tafi
1st Criterium Aalst, Tom Steels
1st Clasica de Ordizia, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Overall Tour de Langkawi, Gabriele Missaglia
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, Stefano Zanini
1st Overall Paris–Nice, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Prologue & Stage 4, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Stages 2 & 3, Tom Steels
1st Stage 3 Tirreno-Adriatico, Jan Svorada
1st Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Tom Steels
1st Stage3a KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Stefano Zanini
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
1st Ronde van Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
1st Gent-Wevelgem, Frank Vandenbroucke
1st Paris–Roubaix, Franco Ballerini
1st Stage 18 Giro d´Italia, Pavel Tonkov
1st Stages 2, 13, 19 & 22 Tour de France, Tom Steels
1st Giro dell´Appennino, Pavel Tonkov
1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, Tom Steels
1st  Belgium National road Race championships, Tom Steels
1st  Italy National road Race championships, Andrea Tafi
1st  Czech Republic National road Race championships, Jan Svorada
1st Stage 3 Tour de France, Jan Svorada
1st Stage 14 Tour de France, Daniele Nardello
1st GP Città di Camaiore, Andrea Tafi
1st Stage 1 Tour de Pologne,
1st Coppa Agostoni, Andrea Tafi
1st Stage 12 Vuelta a Espana, Gianni Bugno
1st Paris - Bruxelles, Stefano Zanini
1st GP Beghelli, Stefano Zanini
1st Critérium de Oostrozebeke, Tom Steels
1st Arc en ciel.svg World Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
1st Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte-Kapellen, Wilfried Pieters
1st Giro di Lombardia, Oscar Camenzind
1999
1st Criterium Bavikhoeve, Johan Museeuw
1st Giro della Provincia di Lucca, Paolo Bettini
1st Overall Tour de Langkawi, Paolo Lanfranchi
1st Stage 4 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Michele Bartoli
1st Stage 5a Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Stefano Zanini
1st Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, Davide Bramati
1st Stage 1 Guldensporentweedaagse, Wilfried Pieters
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico, Michele Bartoli
1st Stage 4, Paolo Bettini
1st Stage 8 Paris–Nice, Tom Steels
1st Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
1st Stage 4 Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, Giuliano Figueras
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
1st Stage 1 KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Tom Steels
1st GP de la Ville de Rennes, Max van Heeswijk
1st Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Giuliano Figueras
1st Gent-Wevelgem, Tom Steels
1st Paris–Roubaix, Andrea Tafi
1st La Flèche Wallonne, Michele Bartoli
1st Overall Giro di Toscana, Luca Scinto
1st Stage 1 Tour de Romandie, Giuliano Figueras
1st Stages 2, 3 & 17 Tour de France, Tom Steels
1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, Giuliano Figueras
1st Stage 11 Vuelta a Espana, Daniele Nardello
1st Paris-Bourges, Daniele Nardello
1st Giro del Piemonte, Andrea Tafi
2000
1st Overall Tour de la Région Wallonne, Axel Merckx
1st Criterium Aalst, Axel Merckx
1st Trofeo Manacor, Paolo Bettini
1st GP Chiasso, Giuliano Figueras
1st Trofeo Palma de Mallorca, Oscar Freire
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen, Tom Steels
1st Trofeo Laigueglia, Daniele Nardello
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta Ciclista Del Sol, Michele Bartoli
1st Overall Tour du Haut Var, Daniele Nardello
1st Stage 3 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Oscar Freire
1st Omloop Het Volk, Johan Museeuw
1st Stages 1 & 6 Tirreno–Adriatico, Oscar Freire
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
1st Stage 2 KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Tom Steels
1st Stage 3 Vuelta al País Vasco, Stefano Zanini
1st Paris–Roubaix, Johan Museeuw
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paolo Bettini
1st Stage 5 4 Jours de Dunkerque, Fred Rodriguez
1st Stage 4 Tour de Romandie, Andrea Noe
1st Prologue Tour de Slovénie, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Stage 2 Tour de Slovénie, Dario Cioni
1st Stage 8 Giro d´Italia, Axel Merckx
1st Stage 19 Giro d´Italia, Paolo Lanfranchi
1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse, Fred Rodriguez
1st Stage 10 Tour de Suisse, Stefano Zanini
1st  Italy National Road Race championships, Michele Bartoli
1st  Hungary National Road Race championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st  Belgium National Road Race championships, Axel Merckx
1st  United States National Road Race championships, Fred Rodriguez
1st  Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Stage 2 & 3 Tour de France, Tom Steels
1st Stage 9 Tour de France, Paolo Bettini
1st Stage 21 Tour de France, Stefano Zanini
1st GP Ouest France - Plouay, Michele Bartoli
1st Stage 5 Ronde van Nederland, Max van Heeswijk
1st Stages 2 & 4 Vuelta a Espana, Oscar Freire
1st Stage 17 Vuelta a Espana, Davide Bramati
1st Paris–Bruxelles, Max van Heeswijk
1st Circuit Franco-Belge, Daniele Nardello
1st Paris–Tours, Andrea Tafi
2001
1st Coppa Placci, Paolo Bettini
1st Volta ao Alentejo, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st GP de Waregem, Stijn Devolder
1st Overall Tour de Langkawi, Paolo Lanfranchi
1st Prologue, Stages 8 & 9, Paolo Lanfranchi
1st Stages 3 & 11, Paolo Bettini
1st Tour du Haut Var, Daniele Nardello
1st Omloop Het Volk, Michele Bartoli
1st GP Città di Lugano, Luca Paolini
1st Vlaamse Pijl, Stijn Devolder
1st Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Stefano Zanini
1st Stage 5a Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Stefano Garzelli
1st Stage 2 Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt, Pedro Horrillo
1st Stage 1 Tour de Slovénie, Stefano Zanini
1st Stage 7 Giro d´Italia, Stefano Zanini
1st Stage 1 Deutschland Tour, Tom Steels
1st Stage 4 Deutschland Tour, Oscar Freire
1st Stages 1b & 2 Tour of Sweden, Tom Steels
1st Stage 4 Tour of Sweden, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Stage 7 Tour de Suisse, Stefano Garzelli
1st  Italy National Road Race championships, Daniele Nardello
1st  Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st GP Città di Camaiore, Michele Bartoli
1st Stage 2 Tour de l´Ain, Evgeni Petrov
1st Züri Metzgete, Paolo Bettini
1st Arc en ciel.svg World Road Race championships, Oscar Freire
2002
1st Criterium Bavikhoeve, Paolo Bettini
1st Roma Maxima, Paolo Bettini
1st Trofeo Manacor, Oscar Freire
1st Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde, Kevin Hulsman
1st GP Eddy Merckx, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Giro del Piemonte, Luca Paolini
1st Stage 5 Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5 Tour de Langkawi, Robbie Hunter
1st Prologue Paris–Nice, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Stage 2 Tirreno–Adriatico, Paolo Bettini
1st Overall GP Erik Breukink, Fabian Cancellara
1st Stage 4, Fabian Cancellara
1st De Brabantse Pijl, Fabian De Waele
1st Stage 1 KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Stefano Zanini
1st Ronde van Vlaanderen, Andrea Tafi
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st Stage 6 4 Jours de Dunkerque, Tom Steels
1st ZLM Tour, Fabian Cancellara
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paolo Bettini
1st Stages 2 & 5 Giro d´Italia, Stefano Garzelli
1st Stage 1 Euskal Bizikleta, Pedro Horrillo
1st Stage 1a Tour of Austria, Fabian Cancellara
1st Stage 6 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Tom Steels
1st  Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
1st  Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Stage 6 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Tom Steels
1st Stage 2 Tour de France, Oscar Freire
1st Stage 1 Tour de la Région Wallonne, Oscar Freire
1st Stage 2b Rothaus Regio-Tour International, Paolo Bettini
1st Stage 4a Tour of Denmark, Elio Aggiano
1st Stage 4b Tour of Denmark, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st Tre Valli Varesine, Eddy Ratti
1st Coppa Bernocchi, Daniele Nardello
1st Stage 5 Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne, Elio Aggiano
1st Stages 1 & 2 Tour de Pologne, Robbie Hunter
1st Stage 1 Circuit Franco-Belge, Kevin Hulsmans
1st   Switzerland National Time Trial championships, Fabian Cancellara
1st UCI Road World Cup, Paolo Bettini

World & National Champions[edit]

1995
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race championships, Abraham Olano
1996
MaillotEspaña.PNG Spain National Road Race championships, Manuel Fernandez
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
Jersey rainbow.svgWorld Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
1997
MaillotItalia.svg Italy National Road Race championships, Gianni Faresin
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland National Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
1998
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National road Race championships, Tom Steels
MaillotItalia.svg Italy National road Race championships, Andrea Tafi
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Republic National Road Race championships, Jan Svorada
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
2000
MaillotItalia.svgItaly National Road Race championships, Michele Bartoli
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Road Race championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Axel Merckx
MaillotUSA.PNG USA National Road Race championships, Fred Rodriguez
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
2001
MaillotItalia.svg Italy National Road Race championships, Daniele Nardello
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race championships, Oscar Freire
2002
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland National Time Trial championships, Fabian Cancellara

UCI Ranking[edit]

Season Rank
1993 21
1994 1
1995 1
1996 1
1997 1
1998 1
1999 1
2000 1
2001 4
2002 1


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paris-Roubaix 1996". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  2. ^ a b "96th Paris-Roubaix, World Cup Round 3". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  3. ^ "97th Paris-Roubaix, World Cup Round 3". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Domo-nation". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 

5.Mapei team exits while at the top