Michele Scarponi

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Michele Scarponi
Michele Scarponi 2014 (cropped).jpg
Scarponi at the 2014 Tour de San Luis
Personal information
Full name Michele Scarponi
Born (1979-09-25) 25 September 1979 (age 34)
Filottrano, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Road
Role Climber
Professional team(s)
2002
2003–2004
2005–2006
2007
2008–2010
2011–2013
2014–
Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
Domina Vacanze
Liberty Seguros-Würth
Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo
Diquigiovanni-Androni
Lampre-ISD
Astana
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General classification (2011)
Points classification (2011)
3 individual stages

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2009)
Volta a Catalunya (2011)
Giro del Trentino (2011)
Infobox last updated on
4 June 2014

Michele Scarponi (born 25 September 1979) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam Astana.[1]

Career[edit]

Born in Filottrano, Scarponi started his career in good form, but in 2006, Scarponi was implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case. Despite this, and Scarponi's Liberty Seguros-Würth cycling team folding, Scarponi was able to secure a contract with Acqua & Sapone.

Despite a promising start to the 2007 season, Scarponi was once again implicated in the Operación Puerto case. On 8 May 2007, Scarponi confessed his role in the case.[2] On 15 May, Scarponi was provisionally suspended.[3]

With the rider completing his ban, Diquigiovanni-Androni announced on 13 June 2008 that they had signed Scarponi for the coming two seasons. In 2009, Scarponi won the Tirreno-Adriatico and also won 2 stages in the Giro d'Italia.

In 2010, he awarded himself a second place finish in the Tirreno-Adriatico. He also finished fourth overall in the Giro d'Italia. In that race, he took a prestigious victory in the epic stage 19, where he went clear of the field on the Mortirolo Pass with two Liquigas-Doimo teammates, Vincenzo Nibali and Ivan Basso. Basso was attempting to take the overall lead, so Nibali and him made most of the work during the dangerous descent and subsequent uphill ride to Aprica, leaving Scarponi fresh enough to out sprint the pair.[4] Scarponi also achieved a victory in the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda.

In 2011, Scarponi moved to Lampre-ISD where he won the Giro del Trentino and the Volta a Catalunya. Then in the Giro d'Italia he finished second overall behind Alberto Contador. Contador was later stripped from the title,[5] which was therefore assigned to Scarponi. He then tried to defend his Giro title in 2012, but later finished 4th overall with Canadian Ryder Hesjedal taking the overall win. After the Giro, Scarponi then decided to focus on the Tour. However Scarponi could only end up finishing 24th overall.

In 2013,[6] Scarponi started his season finishing 3rd in the Volta a Catalunya. He aimed for the Giro d'Italia where he ended up finishing 4th overall the same place as he finished in 2010 and 2012.

For the 2014 season, Scarponi moved to the Astana squad.[1]

Doping[edit]

Scarponi was temporarily suspended by his team in November 2012 after he admitted performing tests with Michele Ferrari, a doctor whose name has been linked to numerous cases of doping in cycling.[7] His salary at the time was disclosed, which was 700,000 Euros a year.[8]

Palmares[edit]

2002
1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino
2nd Overall Settimana Ciclista Lombarda
1st Stage 3b
8th Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali
2003
1st GP Fred Mengoni
3rd Overall Giro d'Abruzzo
1st Points Classification
1st Stage 3
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Coppi-Bartali
7th Amstel Gold Race
9th Meisterschaft von Zürich (WC)
2004
1st Overall Peace Race
1st, Stages 4, 6 & 7
1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st Points classification
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
2nd Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale
4th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2005
7th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
2006
6th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
2007
1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale
1st Stages 2 & 5
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2
4th Giro d'Oro
5th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2009
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 6
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 6 & 18
2010
1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st Prologue
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 19
2nd Giro di Lombardia
2011
1st Overall Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Overall Volta a Catalunya
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4
4th Overall Giro di Sardegna
1st Stage 5
6th Milan – San Remo
2012
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
7th Tirreno–Adriatico
8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2013
1st Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
2nd National Road Race Championships
3rd Overall Volta a Catalunya
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
8th Giro dell'Emilia
10th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
2014
8th Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 18 16 47 WD 31 4 1 4 4 WD
Yellow jersey Tour 32 24
red jersey Vuelta 13 11 WD 15

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Gregor (1 November 2013). "Scarponi joins Nibali on Astana, will lead 2014 Giro team". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Scarponi: "I am Zapatero"". Cyclingnews.com. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Basso and Scarponi suspended". Cyclingnews.com. 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Scarponi Wins 19th Stage of Giro, Basso In Pink". Bicycle.net (BICYCLE.NET). 28 May 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "CAS sanctions Contador with two year ban in clenbutorol case". Cyclingnews (Future Publishing Limited). 6 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lampre-Merida (LAM) – ITA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "USADA issues lifetime bans to del Moral, Ferrari and Marti". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Limited). 
  8. ^ Stephen Farrand (6 November 2012). "Scarponi suspended by Lampre-ISD after links to Dr. Ferrari". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 8 November 2012. 

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