Michele Bartoli

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Michele Bartoli
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Personal information
Full name Michele Bartoli
Born (1970-05-27) May 27, 1970 (age 44)
Pisa, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1992–1995
1996–1997
1998
1999–2001
2002–2003
2004
Mercatone Uno-Medeghini-Zucchini
MG-Technogym
Asics
Mapei
Fassa Bortolo
Team CSC
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
2 stages (1994, 1998)

Stage races

Driedaagse van De Panne (1995, 1998)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1999)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Champion (2000)
Brabantse Pijl (1994, 1999)
Giro dell'Emilia (1996, 2002)
Tour of Flanders (1996)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1997, 1998)
Rund um den Henninger-Turm (1997)
Züri-Metzgete (1998)
La Flèche Wallonne (1999)
GP Ouest-France (2000)
Omloop Het Volk (2001)
Amstel Gold Race (2002)
Giro di Lombardia (2002, 2003)
Milano–Torino (2002)
Giro del Lazio (2003)

Other

UCI Road World Cup (1997, 1998)
Infobox last updated on
July 25, 2007

Michele Bartoli (born 27 May 1970, in Pisa) is a retired Italian road racing cyclist. He was a single-day race specialist, winning three of the five Monument races. Bartoli won the UCI Road World Cup in 1997 and 1998.

Biography[edit]

Bartoli turned professional in 1992 with Mercatone Uno-Medeghini-Zucchini and in 1995 moved to the MG-Technogym team of Giancarlo Ferretti. In 1998, Bartoli signed for Asics. In summer 1998, Bartoli joined Mapei. After the Tour de France, won by Marco Pantani, Mapei showed interest in contracting Pantani, and Asics went for another sponsor, but Bartoli left and joined Mapei from 1999 to 2001.[1]

In 1997 and 1998, Bartoli won the UCI Road World Cup.[2][3] From 10 October 1998 to 6 June 1999, Bartoli led the UCI Road World Rankings.[4] During these years, Bartoli was helped by Paolo Bettini, with whom Bartoli had worked in the MG-Technogym and Asics teams. Bettini kept improving. After a crash in the 1999 Tour of Germany, Bartoli was injured and Bettini rose to prominence, winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège. From that moment, both demanded a leading role. Although they worked together at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the feud culminated in the 2001 world championship during which the two refused to collaborate, which contributed to Óscar Freire of Spain winning the world title.[5]

Bartoli left Mapei to re-join Ferretti at Fassa Bortolo for 2002-2003. In 2004, Bartoli moved to Team CSC.[6] In the 2004 Tour de France, Bartoli abandoned in the 18th stage, after being called back by manager Bjarne Riis from a break to protect his captain Ivan Basso.[7] Bartoli stopped racing after completing 2004 injured.[8] He said: "I just wasn't motivated to continue... I can't be a top level rider any more and that was a major influence on my decision, rather than my recent physical problems."[9]

Bartoli was one of the most successful classics riders of his time.[10] He won a variety of classics, starting with the Tour of Flanders and Omloop "Het Volk" in 1996 and 2001 respectively, and hilly races such as Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 1997 and 1998, Züri-Metzgete in 1998, La Flèche Wallonne in 1999, and the Amstel Gold Race in 2002. He won the Giro di Lombardia in 2002 and 2003. He was national champion in 2000, and won short stage races such as the Tirreno–Adriatico, Tour de Reggio Calabria and Three Days of De Panne.

In the world championship he finished third in 1996 and 1998.

After-cycling career[edit]

In 2005 Bartoli gave his name to the Granfondo Michele Bartoli in the province of Lucca, with the start and finish in his hometown Montecarlo.[11] Bartoli is, with former cyclists Francesco Casagrande and Maximilian Sciandri, instructor of the Campagnolo Passion 2 Ride.[12]

Palmarès[edit]

1993
1st Overall, Semaine Sicilienne
1st Stages 1 & 5
1994
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Criterium d'Abruzzo
1st GP Pino Cerami
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
1995
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Stages 1 & 2
1996
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st GP de Fourmies
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Stage 1 Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Stage 5 Tirreno–Adriatico
1997
Champion UCI Road World Cup
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Rund um den Henninger-Turm
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 5 Tour Méditerranéen
1998
Champion UCI Road World Cup
1st Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Giro della Romagna
1st Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Züri-Metzgete
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 6 Tour Méditerranéen
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1999
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stage 4 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2000
1st MaillotItalia.svg Italian National Road Race Championship
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucía
1st GP Ouest-France
2001
1st Grand Prix de Camaiore
1st Omloop "Het Volk"
2002
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Milano–Torino
1st Stage 2 Giro della Provincia di Lucca
1st Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4
2003
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Stage 3 Tour de Wallonie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bartoli and Asics - divorce!". cyclingnews.com. November 23, 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  2. ^ UCI Road World Cup 1997 results
  3. ^ UCI Road World Cup 1998 Final standings
  4. ^ Historic data of the World Rankings & World Cup
  5. ^ "Men's World Champion profile: Paolo Bettini". Tour de France blog. July 23, 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "CSC Ready for Winning Season". CSC. January 17, 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Stage 18 underway". Tour de France blog. April 9, 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Team CSC's Bartoli Ends His Cycling Career". CSC. November 24, 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ "All hail to the warrior. Michele Bartoli bows out of cycling". cyclingnews.com. April 9, 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "New tricks for an experienced pro". cyclingnews.com. April 9, 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  11. ^ Official Granfondo Michel Bartoli site
  12. ^ Instructors of Passion2Ride

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