Mercatone Uno

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Mercatone Uno
Team information
UCI code MER
Based  San Marino 1992-1995
 Italy 1997-2003
Founded 1992 (1992)
Disbanded 2003
Discipline Road
Key personnel
General manager Franco Gini (1992-1995)
Luciano Pezzi (1997-1998)
Franco Cornacchia (1995-2001)
Manuela Ronchi (2000-2002)
Team name history
1992-1993
1994
1995
1997
1998-1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Mercatone Uno-Zucchini
Mercatone Uno-Medeghini
Mercatone Uno-Saeco
Mercatone Uno
Mercatone Uno-Bianchi
Mercatone Uno-Albacom
Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
Mercatone Uno
Mercatone Uno-Scanavino

Mercatone Uno is a former professional cycling team which was based in San Marino and then in Italy. Throughout the 1990s it was one of the strongest Italian cycling teams in the peloton. The team was sponsored by a chain of supermarkets in Italy.

History[edit]

San Marino Team[edit]

The team began as Mercatone Uno-Zucchini in 1992 and was based in San Marino.[1] Riding with the team Adriano Baffi won the points classification in the 1993 Giro d'Italia. During the 1995 season the General Manager of the team was Franco Gini and the directeur sportifs were Antonio Salutini, Franco Chioccioli, Olivano Locatelli and Bruno Vicino.[2] This team closed at the end of 1995 season with the withdrawal of the sponsor: the new team had the same sponsor but was a totally different team.

Team built around Pantani[edit]

When Carrera Jeans manufacturers stopped sponsoring the famous Italian cycling team Carrera Jeans-Tassoni at the end of 1996, it was reported that manager Davide Boifava would be building a team around Marco Pantani with Mercatone Uno as the main sponsor.[3] However Luciano Pezzi became the President of that new team, taking with him as directeur sportifs Giuseppe Martinelli, Davide Cassani and Alessandro Giannelli and ten of the riders from Carrera including Pantani.[4] In this way a new team based in Italy was formed with Marco Pantani as the team leader and which rode Bianchi bikes. According to former cycling champion Felice Gimondi the team was built exclusively around Pantani with directeur sportif Martinelli refusing to sign a sprinter as this could have created other objectives of the team. According to Gimondi, in this way the team was conceived similarly to the way the Bianchi cycling team was conceived in the mid-1940s as a team built around Fausto Coppi.[5] In the 1997 season, Pantani finished third overall at the 1997 Tour de France and won several stages including the stage to the Alpe d'Huez. The following year Pantani won the 1998 Giro d'Italia[6] and then won the 1998 Tour de France - becoming only the seventh rider in history to achieve the Giro-Tour double. Pantani dedicated his win to the recently deceased General manager of Mercatone Uno Luciano Pezzi.[7] After achieving this great success, the head of the branch of the Mercatone Uno supermarkets, Romano Cenni, said that the sponsor would remain in cycling as long as Pantani was still cycling.[8] In the 1999 Giro d'Italia, Pantani dominated the race until he was suspended from the race due to a high haematocrit level. As a result, the entire Mercatone Uno team withdrew from the race.[9] The following year the team won the 2000 Giro d'Italia with Stefano Garzelli to which he thanked Pantani for help.[10] Although Garzelli had a contract that run until the end of the 2001 season, he left the team at the end of 2000.[11] When Pantani abandoned the 2002 Giro d'Italia, there was immediate talk of Mercatone Uno stopping its sponsorship after the 2002 season as the team had not been invited to the 2001 and 2002 Tour de France.[12] However the team continued during the 2003 season where Pantani rode to 14th overall in the 2003 Giro d'Italia. The team was disbanded at the end of 2003 due to the probable retirement of Pantani[13] with several riders going to the South African team Barloworld.[14]

Major Results[edit]

1992
1st Stage 18 Vuelta a España, Enrico Zaina
1993
1st Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Enrico Zaina
1st Profronde van Made, Adri Van der Poel
1st Profronde van Surhuisterveen, Adri Van der Poel
1st Stages 2, 8 & 18 Giro d'Italia, Adriano Baffi
1994
1st Giro di Toscana, Francesco Casagrande
1st Criterium d´Abruzzo, Michele Bartoli
1st Firenze - Pistoia, Francesco Casagrande
1st Trofeo Luis Puig, Adriano Baffi
1st Stages 1 & 6 Paris–Nice, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 1 Tirreno–Adriatico, Adriano Baffi
1st Brabantse Pijl, Michele Bartoli
1st Grand Prix Pino Cerami, Michele Bartoli
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stage 13 Giro d'Italia, Michele Bartoli
1st Stage 15 Tour de France, Eros Poli
1st Stages 2 & 3 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Simone Biasci
1st Stage 6 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Massimo Donati
1st Giro di Romagna et Coppa Placci, Giuseppe Petito
1st Giro dell Emilia, Francesco Casagrande
1st Milano-Torino, Francesco Casagrande
1995
1st Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Massimiliano Lelli
1st Profronde van Oostvoorne, Mario Cipollini
1st  Italy National Time Trial championships, Massimiliano Lelli
1st Overall KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Michele Bartoli
1st Firenze - Pistoia, Francesco Casagrande
1st Coppa Placci, Francesco Casagrande
1st Trofeo Luis Puig, Mario Cipollini
1st Stages 4 & 5 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Mario Cipollini
1st Stages 2 & 5 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Giro dell´Appennino, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stages 1 & 3 Giro d'Italia, Mario Cipollini
1st Stages 2, 3 & 5 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Mario Cipollini
1st Stages 2 & 4 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1st Milano-Vignola, Angelo Canzonieri
1997
1st Ronde van Pijnacker, Marco Pantani
1st Giro del Mendrisiotto, Beat Zberg
1st Overall Giro di Toscana, Sergio Barbero
1st Coppa Placci, Beat Zberg
1st Stage 7 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stages 13 & 15 Tour de France, Marco Pantani
1st Stage 19 Tour de France, Mario Traversoni
1st Urkiola Igoera - Subida Urkiola, Beat Zberg
1st Stage 7 Tour de Pologne, Marcus Zberg
1998
1st GP Tell, Marco Velo
1st De Draai van de Kaai, Marco Pantani
1st Profronde van Surhuisterveen, Marco Pantani
1st Firenze - Pistoia, Marco Velo
1st Gala Tour de France, Marco Pantani
1st Stage 4 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Dimitri Konyshev
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia, Marco Pantani
1st Jersey green.svg, Mountains classification, Marco Pantani
1st Stages 14 & 19, Marco Pantani
1st Stage 16, Fabio Fontanelli
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse, Stefano Garzelli
1st Points classification, Stefano Garzelli
1st Combination classification, Stefano Garzelli
1st Stages 5 & 6, Stefano Garzelli
1st  Italy National Time Trial championships, Marco Velo
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de France, Marco Pantani
1st Stages 11 & 15, Marco Pantani
1st Urkiola Igoera - Subida Urkiola, Simone Borgheresi
1st Boucles de l´Aulne, Marco Pantani
1999
1st Firenze - Pistoia, Marco Velo
1st Roma Maxima, Sergio Barbero
1st Overall Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia - Costa Calida, Marco Pantani
1st Stage 4, Marco Pantani
1st Stage 2 Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, Marco Pantani
1st Stage 5a Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, Fabiano Fontanelli
1st GP Miguel Indurain, Stefano Garzelli
1st Stage 3 Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Stefano Garzelli
1st Paris-Camembert Lepetit, Fabiano Fontanelli
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano, Massimo Podenzana
1st Stages 8, 15, 19 & 20 Giro d'Italia, Marco Pantani
1st Giro dell´Appennino, Simone Borgheresi
1st  Italy National Time Trial championships, Marco Velo
1st Stage 14 Tour de France, Dimitryi Konyshev
1st Tre Valli Varesine, Sergio Barbero
1st GP Llodio, Marco Velo
1st Giro di Romagna et Coppa Placci, Roberto Conti
1st GP de Fourmies, Dimitryi Konyshev
1st Coppa Sabatini, Dimitryi Konyshev
1st Japan Cup, Sergio Barbero
2000
1st Acht van Chaam, Marco Pantani
1st Profronde Stiphout, Marco Pantani
1st Overall Giro del Trentino, Simone Borgheresi
1st Overall Giro d'Italia, Stefano Garzelli
1st Stage 18, Stefano Garzelli
1st Overall Tour of Sweden, Michael Andersson
1st Stage 2, Michael Andersson
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse, Stefano Garzelli
1st Mountains classification Stefano Garzelli
1st  Sweden National Time Trial championship, Michael Andersson
1st  Italy National Time Trial championships, Marco Velo
1st Stages 12 & 15 Tour de France, Marco Pantani
2001
1st Klasika Primavera, Igor Astarloa
1st Stage 7 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Daniele De Paoli
1st  Italy National Time Trial championships, Marco Velo
2002
1st GP Città di Rio Saliceto e Correggio, Fabiano Fontanelli
1st Giro della Provincia di Lucca, Fabiano Fontanelli
1st  Kazakhstan National Time Trial championships, Andrey Mizurov
2003
1st Giro del Friuli, Joseba Albiizu
1st Stage 2 Ster Elektrotoer, Eddy Serri
1st Stage 4 Ster Elektrotoer, Luca Solari
1st Stage 5 Ster Elektrotoer, Enrico Degano

Famous Mercatone Uno cyclists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercatone Uno-Zucchini 1992". de wielersite. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Mercatone Uno 1995". de wielersite.nl. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  3. ^ "News for July 19". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Mercatone Uno". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 
  5. ^ "News Aug 3 1998, Interview with Felice Gimondi". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  6. ^ "1998 Giro d'Italia stage 22 brief". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Tour de France stage 21 brief". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  8. ^ "A visit to Marco Pantani's house finds him back at work". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Pantani Report". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  10. ^ "83rd Giro d'Italia what the winners said". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Garzelli confirms with Mapei". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  12. ^ "A new team for Pantani?". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Pantani closer to retirement?". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  14. ^ "Mercatone Uno riders to Barloworld". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-11-16.