Mikhail Ignatiev (cyclist)

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Mikhail Ignatiev
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Ignatiev at the 2011 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full name Mikhail Borisovich Ignatiev
Nickname Gambero
Born (1985-05-07) 7 May 1985 (age 29)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Katusha
Discipline Road
Track
Role Rider
Rider type Time trialist
Classic cycle races
Amateur team(s)
2004–2005
Lokomotiv
Professional team(s)
2006–2008
2009–
Major wins
Olympic Points Race (2004)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014

Mikhail Borisovich Ignatiev (Russian: Михаил Борисович Игнатьев) (born 7 May 1985) is a Russian professional track and road bicycle racer. He currently rides for UCI ProTour team Team Katusha,[1] as well as participating in various track events. He is known as a time trial specialist, and also has a reputation for making the breakaway in road races and trying, often with success, to solo to victory.

Career[edit]

In 2004 Ignatiev achieved his biggest success to date, winning a gold medal in the points race at the Athens Olympics. On the road, Ignatiev came to prominence with his ability in the individual time trial. In 2002 and 2003, he was the World Junior Champion, while in 2005 he became the World Under 23 Champion.

Ignatiev signed his first professional contract in 2006, when he started riding for the Tinkoff Restaurants cycling team. This team competed mainly in Russia, but Ignatiev made a big impact during a series of Spanish races in the middle part of the season.

When Tinkoff Credit Systems was established from Tinkoff Restaurants in 2007, Ignatiev moved to Marina di Massa, Italy. Early in the 2007 cycling season, Ignatiev made a name for himself by winning a stage of the Tour Méditerranéen and the Trofeo Laigueglia with successful late attacks. He continued his form throughout the season and won two time trials, the Prologue in Ster Elektrotoer, Stage 4 of the Regio-Tour and the first stage of Vuelta a Burgos.

In the 2009 cycling season he moved to UCI World Tour Team Katusha, a newly formed Russian cycling team, sponsored by Itera, Gazprom and Rostechnologies. In his first season he achieved some greatest results having taken two podiums at 2009 Tour de France.

Palmarès[edit]

2002
1st, Junior World Time Trial Championships
Junior World Track Championships
1st Points race
1st Team pursuit
1st, Junior European Track Championships, points race
2003
1st, Junior World Time Trial Championships
Junior World Track Championships
1st Madison
1st Team pursuit
1st, Junior European Track Championships, team pursuit
2004
Olympic gold medal, points race
2005
1st, Under 23 World Championships, individual time trial
2006 – Tinkoff Restaurants
1st, Clasica Internacional "Txuma"
1st Overall Volta a Lleida
1st, Stages 1 & 2
1st, European Track Championships, individual pursuit
2nd, Under 23 World Championships, individual time trial
2007 – Tinkoff Credit Systems
1st, Trofeo Laigueglia
1st, Stage 3, Tour Méditerranéen
1st, Prologue, Ster Elektrotoer
1st, Stage 4, Regio-Tour
1st, Stage 1, Vuelta a Burgos
2nd, GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
5th, Tour du Haut Var
3rd, 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - Men's Points Race
1st, Fuga Gilera classification, Giro d'Italia
2nd, Under 23 World Championships, individual time trial
2010 – Katusha
1st, Stage 6, Tirreno–Adriatico
2011 – Katusha
1st MaillotRusia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
Combativity award Jersey red number.svg Stage 16 Tour de France
2012 – Katusha
3rd Overall, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2013 – Katusha
1st Jersey white.svg Turkish Beauties Classification, Tour of Turkey
3rd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 128 140 167 131 143
Yellow jersey Tour 140 147
red jersey Vuelta 104 148 171

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

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