Zulfiya Zabirova

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Zulfiya Zabirova
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Zabirova prior to her start in the time trial
at the 1998 Women's Challenge
Personal information
Full name Zulfiya Zabirova
Born (1973-12-19) 19 December 1973 (age 41)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 143 lb (65 kg)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1999 Acca Due O
2000–2001 Acca Due O - Lorena Camichie
2002 USC Chirio
2003 Team Prato Marathon Bike
2004 Team Let's Go Finland
2005– Bigla Cycling Team
Infobox last updated on
11 August 2008

Zulfiya Khasanovna Zabirova (Russian: Зульфия Хасановна Забирова; born 19 December 1973)[1] is a Russian professional cycle racer who won the Gold medal in the time trial event in the 1996 Olympics and later, in 2002, won the World Time Trial Championship.

Biography[edit]

Zulfiya was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 19 December 1973. She is an ethnic Uzbek. In 1993 two years after the breakup of the Soviet Union she emigrated to Russia and lived in Rostov-on-Don. As the main reason for her emigration she cited that the Islamist leadership of the newly independent Uzbekistan is hostile to the women sports and the rights of women in general. In 1996 she became famous after winning the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta.

In 2005 she obtained the citizenship of Kazakhstan and announced her intention to compete as a member of the Kazakhstan team. As the reason for her decision she cited the better conditions for training and her desire to be closer to her native Uzbekistan (Kazakhstan has a reputation to be the much more secular and democratic than Uzbekistan) as well as her family circumstances. According to the Russian Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Zabirova's main place of residence and training is Lugano, Switzerland (as of 2005).

Palmarès[edit]

Note: Beginning in 1997, the Union Cycliste Internationale implemented a points listing whereby points were awarded riders based on their performances in racing events. For this purpose, the races were classified into categories. Although the exact system has evolved over the years, the major stage races are generally classified as category 1 (strongest), and category 2. In the listings below, these categories, where known, are given in parentheses. The abbreviation GC stands for General classification.

1996
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Olympic Games Time Trial
1st  Russia National Road Championships Time Trial
2nd  Russia National Road Championships Road Race
1st GP Kanton Zurich
2 Stage wins, Tour Cycliste Feminin
3rd Tour du Finistere
1997
3rd UCI Points Rankings
2nd UCI Women's Road World Championships Time Trial
1st  Russia National Road Championship
2 Stage wins, Tour Cycliste Feminin
1st Overall and Stage win, Etoile Vosgienne
1st Overall and Stage win, Trois Jours de Vendee
1st Chrono der Herbiers
Stage win, Tour de Finistere
2nd Chrono Champenois
2nd GP des Nations Time Trial
3rd Overall and 2 Stage wins, Women's Challenge
2nd Thrift Drug Classic
3rd Overall, Grazia Tour
1998
8th UCI Points Rankings
2nd UCI Women's Road World Championships Time Trial
1st World Cup (Switzerland)
1st GP des Nations Time Trial
1st Josef Voegeli Memorial
Stage win, Tour Cycliste Feminin
4th Overall, Thuringen Rundfahrt
1999
7th UCI Points Rankings
1st Overall and Stage win, Tour de Suisse Feminin (cat. 1)
5th Overall and 3 Stage wins, Giro d'Italia Femminile (cat. 1)
3rd Overall and Stage win, Women's Challenge
2000
15th UCI Points Rankings
1st  Russia National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall and Stage win, Tour de Suisse Feminin (cat. 1)
5th Overall and 2 Stage wins, Grande Boucle (cat. 1)
7th Olympic Games (Sydney, Aus) Road Race
2001
Did not compete.
2002
10th UCI Points Rankings
1st Arc en ciel.svg UCI Women's Road World Championships Time Trial
1st Overall and Stage win, Thüringen-Rundfahrt (cat. 1)
1st GP Carnevale d'Europa (cat. 2)
1st Chrono Champenois-Trophee Europeen (cat. 2)
2 Stage wins, Grande Boucle Féminine (cat. 1)
Stage win, Giro della Toscana (cat. 1)
7th Overall, Giro d'Italia Femminile
9th, GP Suisse (SUI) féminin World Cup
2003
9th UCI Points Rankings
3rd UCI Women's Road World Championships Time Trial
1st Overall and 2 stage wins, Castilla y Leon (cat. 1)
1st Primavera Rosa (Ita) World Cup
2 Stage wins, Grande Boucle (cat. 1)
4th Overall, Trophee d'Or (cat. 2)
2004
7th UCI Points Rankings
UCI Women's Road World Championships
12th Road Race
3rd Time Trial
1st Ronde van Vlaanderen World Cup
1st Primavera Rosa World Cup
1st Overall and Stage win, Thuringen-Rundfahrt (cat. 1)
8th Olympic Games Time Trial
10th Overall and Stage win, Giro d'Italia Femminile (cat. 1)
2005
1st  Kazakhstan National Road Championships Time Trial
1st  Kazakhstan National Road Championships Road Race
6th UCI Women's Road World Championships Time Trial
Stage win, Giro di San Marino (cat. 2)
Stage win, Giro d'Italia Femminile (cat. 1)
2008
2 Stage wins (stage 3 and 7), 2008 Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
10th Road race, 2008 Summer Olympics

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athlete Biography - ZABIROVA Zulfiya". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-09. 

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