Patxi Vila

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Patxi Vila
Patxi Vila Euskal.jpg
Personal information
Full name Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea
Nickname Patxi
Born (1975-10-11) October 11, 1975 (age 39)
Hondarribia, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Team information
Current team Utensilnord Ora24.eu
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
1999–2000
Caja Rural
Professional team(s)
2001–2002
2003–2008
2011–
Major wins
Paris–Nice – 1 stage (2006)
Infobox last updated on
13 January 2012

Francisco Javier "Patxi" Vila Errandonea (born October 11, 1975 in Hondarribia, Basque Country) is a Spanish Basque professional road bicycle racer who rides for the UCI Professional Continental team Utensilnord Ora24.eu. He was formerly with UCI ProTeam Lampre, before being banned for 18 months after testing positive for the use of testosterone.

Vila's most notable victory came in stage 3 of the 2006 Paris–Nice where he snatched onto the wheel of Floyd Landis as he escaped on the Col de Croix de Chaubouret. The duo amassed a lead of over a minute on their nearest contenders and Vila swept past Landis to take the stage. This performance catapulted him to second overall on the general classification, 9 seconds behind Floyd Landis. He finished the race in Nice still 9 seconds behind winner Floyd Landis and 56 seconds ahead of Antonio Colom.

He finished the 2006 UCI ProTour in 38th place with 69 points, the third highest ranked Lampre-Fondital rider behind Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego.

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