Saeco (cycling team)

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Saeco
Team information
Based Italy
Founded 1996 (1996)
Disbanded Merged 2005
Discipline Road
Bicycles Cannondale
Team name history
2003–2004
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
Saeco Macchine per Caffé
Saeco Macchine per Caffé-Longoni Sport
Saeco Macchine per Caffé
Saeco Macchine per Caffé-Valli & Vall
Saeco Macchine per Caffé-Cannondale
Saeco Macchine per Caffé
Saeco
Saeco-AS Juvenes San Marino

Saeco was the name of an Italian road bicycle racing team, sponsored by the company with the same name, and rode on Cannondale bicycles.

The company did not prolong the sponsorship for 2005, and the team was merged with the Lampre team, forming Lampre-Caffita, sponsored by Caffita.

Team History[edit]

In the 1990s the team was famous for Mario Cipollini's sprint train and his antics. One of their most memorable moments was Cipollini's 4 consecutive stage wins in the 1999 Tour de France. The image of Mario Cipollini approaching the TV camera right after a win to say, "Cannondale makes the best bikes!" propelled Cannondale's popularity among road racers.

The Saeco team is known for their pranks and antics. Cipollini's antics are legendary, including showing up to the stage start at the Tour de France dressed in a Julius Caesar-inspired toga complete with an olive wreath, riding on a carriage pulled by his teammates on bicycles. More recently, the entire Saeco team raced a stage of the 2003 Tour de France wearing a Legalize my Cannondale chaingang cycling kit to protest the UCI's lower bound on bike weight which means that their six13 prototype team bikes were underweight and required the installation of additional weight.

Major Results[edit]

1996
1st  Italy Road Race Championships, Mario Cipollini
1st Coppa Colli Briantei Internazionale, Carlo Marino Bianchi
1st Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta, Massimiliano Lelli
1st Overall Jersey blue.svg Tirreno - Adriatico, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stage 4, Francesco Casagrande
1st Overall Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stage 2, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stage 5b, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stage 2 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5a Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana
1st Stage 3 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5a Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 6 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Poinst Classification Jersey violet.svg Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 1, Silvio Martinello
1st Stage 4, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 8, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 11, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 18, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1997
1st Overall Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia, Ivan Gotti
1st Stage 1, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 4, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 10, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 14, Ivan Gotti
1st Stage 22, Mario Cipollini
1st Overall Jersey blue.svg Tirreno - Adriatico, Roberto Petito
1st Overall Giro di Romagna et Coppa Placci, Francesco Casagrande
1st Stage 1 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5a Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Gianmatteo Fagnini
1st Stage 2 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 3 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 1 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1998
1st Overall Jersey yellow.svg Giro del Trentino, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Stage 2, Paolo Salvodelli
1st GP Costa degli Etruschi Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5 Giro d'Italia Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 10 Giro d'Italia Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia Gianmatteo Fagnini
1st Stage 22 Giro d'Italia Gianmatteo Fagnini
1st Stage 1a Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 3 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5 Tour de France Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 6 Tour de France Mario Cipollini
1999
1st   Switzerland Road Race Championships, Armin Meier
1st  Italy Road Race Championships, Salvatore Commesso
1st Peperbus Profspektakel Zwolle, Mario Cipollini
1st Trofeo Manacor Mario Cipollini
1st La Poly Normande, Laurent Dufaux
1st Overall Jersey yellow.svg Giro del Trentino, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Stage 1, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Trofeo Laigueglia, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Trofeo Luis Puig, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2 Giro d'Italia, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 10 Giro d'Italia, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 12 Giro d'Italia, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Stage 17 Giro d'Italia, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 1 Volta a Catalunya, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2 Volta a Catalunya, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 4 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 5 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 6 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 7 Tour de France, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 13 Tour de France, Salvatore Commesso
2000
1st Overall Tour de Romandie, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Prologue
1st Stage 3 Giro del Trentino, Paolo Salvodelli

1st Stage 18 Tour de France, Salvatore Commesso

2001
1st Criterium Bavikhoeve, Mario Cipollini
1st GP Costa degli Etruschi, Fabio Sacchi
1st Trofeo Laigueglia, Mirko Celestino
1st Points Classification, Volta a Portugal, Salvatore Commesso
1st Rund um die Hainleite, Christian Wegmann
1st Tour of Austria, Cadel Evans
1st Brixia Tour, Cadel Evans
1st Tre Valli Varesine, Mirko Celestino
1st Milano-Torino, Mirko Celestino
1st Stage 2 Tour Down Under, Fabio Sacchi
1st Stage 3 Tour Down Under, Alessio Galletti
1st Stage 1 Tirreno - Adriatico, Biagio Conte
1st Prologue Tour de Romandie, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Stage 2 Tour de Romandie, Paolo Salvodelli
1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 1 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Jörg Ludewig
1st Giro d'Italia Azzurri d'Italia classification Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 6, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 9, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 19, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 21, Mario Cipollini
1st Stage 2a Rothaus Regio-Tour International, Biagio Conte
1st Stage 5 Rothaus Regio-Tour International, Biagio Conte
2002
1st  Italy Road Race Championships, Salvatore Commesso
1st Giro d'Oro, Damiano Cunego
1st Giro del Medio Brenta, Damiano Cunego
1st Giro del Veneto, Danilo Di Luca
1st Trophy City 'Castelfidardo, Danilo Di Luca
1st GP Ind.Com.Art of Castelfidardo, Fabio Bags
1st Criterium d'Abruzzo, Salvatore Commesso
1st Stage 11, Giro d'Italia, Gilberto Simoni
1st Trophy Laigueglia, Danilo Di Luca
1st Overall Tour of Austria, Gerrit Glomser
1st Stage 4, Gerrit Glomser
1st Trofeo Matteotti, Salvatore Commesso
1st Overall Brixia Tour, Igor Astarloa
1st Stage 2a, Igor Astarloa
1st Stage 2b, Mirko Celestine
1st Stage 4 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Danilo Di Luca
1st Stage 3 Tirreno - Adriatico, Danilo Di Luca
1st Stage 5 Tirreno - Adriatico, Danilo Di Luca
1st Stage 4 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Christian Wegmann
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a España, Danilo Di Luca
2003
1st Arc en ciel.svg World Road Championship, Igor Astarloa
1st Overall Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia, Gilberto Simoni
1st Points Classification Jersey violet.svg, Gilberto Simoni
1st Azzurri d'Italia classification, Gilberto Simoni
1st Stage 12,Gilberto Simoni
1st Stage 14, Gilberto Simoni
1st Stage19, Gilberto Simoni
1st Overall Jersey yellow.svg Giro del Trentino, Gilberto Simoni
1st Stage 2, Gilberto Simoni
1st : Giro dell'Appennino, Gilberto Simoni
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall, Tour of Qinghai Lake, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 7
1st US Pro Championship, Stefano Zanini
1st Milano-Torino, Mirko Celestino
1st Coppa Placci, Danilo Di Luca
1st Trofeo Città´ di Castelfidardom, Alessio Galletti
1st Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale, Mirko Celestino
1st La Flèche Wallonne, Igor Astarloa
1st GP Industria & Artigianato- Larciano, Juan Manuel Fuentes
1st Overall Tour of Austria, Gerrit Glomser
1st Stage 2, Gerrit Glomser
1st Stage 3, Gerrit Glomser
1st GP Llodio, Juan Manuel Fuentes
1st Tre Valli Varesine, Danilo Di Luca
1st Giro di Romagna et Coppa Placci, Fabio Sacchi
1st Stage 2 Tour Down Under, Fabio Sacchi
1st Stage 4 Tour of Qatar, Ivan Quaranta
1st Stage 3 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Igor Astarloa
1st Stage 6 Tirreno - Adriatico, Danilo Di Luca
1st Stage 4 Deutschland Tour, Ivan Quaranta
1st Stage 14 Tour de France, Gilberto Simoni
1st Stage 1 Brixia Tour, Ivan Quaranta
1st Stage 1 Rothaus Regio-Tour International, Nicola Gavazzi
2004
1st Overall Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 2, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 3, Gilberto Simoni
1st Stage 7, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 16, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 18, Damiano Cunego
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall, Giro del Trentino, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 1, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 2, Damiano Cunego
1st Giro dell'Appennino, Damiano Cunego
1st Giro del Trentino, Damiano Cunego
1st GP Industria & Artigianato, Damiano Cunego
1st Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie, Damiano Cunego
1st Memorial Marco Pantani, Damiano Cunego
1st Giro del Veneto, Gilberto Simoni
1st Raiffeisen GP, Andreas Matzbacher
1st Cup Placci, Leonardo Bertagnolli
1st Trophy Etna, Leonardo Bertagnolli
1st GP Ind.Com.Art of Castelfidardo, Damiano Cunego
1st GP Industria & Crafts-Larciano, Damiano Cunego
1st Trofeo Matteotti, Danilo Di Luca
1st Overall Brixia Tour, Danilo Di Luca
1st Coppa Agostoni, Leonardo Bertagnolli
1st GP Nobili Rubinetterie, Damiano Cunego
1st Overall Tour of Lombardy, Damiano Cunego
1st Stage 1 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Antonio Bucciero
1st Stage 4 Tour of Austria, Gerrit Glomser

National & World Champions[edit]

1996
MaillotItalia.svg Road Race Mario Cipollini
1999
MaillotItalia.svg Road Race Salvatore Commesso
MaillotSuiza.PNG Road Race Armin Meier
2002
MaillotItalia.svg Road Race Salvatore Commesso
2003
MaillotMundial.PNG World Road Race Igor Astarloa