Wegelius at the 2010 Giro d'Italia
|Full name||Charles Wegelius|
April 26, 1978 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Rider type||Climber/Mountain Domestique|
|1999||Linda McCartney Racing Team (stagiaire)|
|1 stage TTT Giro d'Italia (2007)|
|Infobox last updated on
15 May 2013
Never a winner of an individual race, Wegelius nevertheless made a career out of being a reliable and strong domestique, most notably in the mountains.
Wegelius started his career in France, riding for the Vendée U team managed by Jean-René Bernaudeau, thanks to the influence of former pro Graham Jones. His team-mates included Walter Bénéteau, Christian Guiberteau, Roger Hammond, Samuel Plouhinec, and Janek Tombak. He won a number of races in his first season, including beating Sandy Casar, who was the brightest prospect in the local area. His biggest result was winning the Under-23 section of the Grand Prix des Nations, after which Le Télégramme reported that Wegelius was one of the most promising riders of his generation.
Wegelius' cycling aspirations suffered an early setback, after being injured in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle, which resulted in his spleen being removed and the news that he would never cycle again. He recovered, however, and had his first professional break in 1999, when he rode as a stagiaire for the ill-fated Linda McCartney Racing Team.
Wegelius participated in the cycling at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where he finished 5th in the individual time trial and 28th in the road race. He also started the road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but failed to finish.
Wegelius raced in Italy for a succession of teams between 2000 and 2009. At Mapei he was part of a generation of young cyclists that included Fabian Cancellara, Luca Paolini, Dario Cioni, Rinaldo Nocentini, Filippo Pozzato, Leif Hoste, Bernhard Eisel, Allan Davis, and Michael Rogers. Wegelius took part in his first Grand Tour, Mapei's last, at the 2002 Vuelta a España. After the team's sponsor pulled out at the end of 2002, Wegelius moved to the smaller De Nardi team, which raced on the Italian domestic scene. They were invited to the Giro d'Italia in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, Wegelius notably helped Serhiy Honchar to an unexpected second place, often driving the leading group up the difficult mountain stages.
World Championship controversy
Wegelius was involved in controversy in 2005 when he and teammate Tom Southam chose not to ride to protect Roger Hammond, their team leader, in the World Championship road race, and instead looked after the riders in their trade teams. Wegelius later repaid the costs associated with his participation in the event, and was never selected to represent his national team again. He later said that he regretted the incident.
Having been on the Liquigas-Bianchi team since they reached the top level of cycling, Wegelius was a key domestique in the Giro d'Italia supporting Dario Cioni, Danilo Di Luca, and Stefano Garzelli. Wegelius competed in every Giro d'Italia between 2003 and 2010, and successfully supported Di Luca to victory in 2007, which was ironically the only Giro Wegelius failed to finish.
Participation in the Tour de France
Having previously ridden in the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, Wegelius made his Tour de France début in the 2007 edition. By finishing 45th, he was the best placed British rider in the general classification at 1 hour, 41 minutes and 5 seconds behind yellow jersey winner Alberto Contador. He received a call-up to participate in the 2009 Tour de France as a replacement for Thomas Dekker, who was ruled out following a positive drug test. He finished 60th in the general classification, 1 hour, 14 minutes and 25 seconds behind the winning Contador. Wegelius also began the 2010 Tour de France. However, much to his disappointment, he had to pull out after suffering from a sickness. It was his last participation in the Tour de France, as he retired after the 2011 Giro di Padania.
- 1st U23 Grand Prix des Nations
- 2nd Overall Tour of Slovakia
- 1st Stage 4 U23 Le Transalsace International
- 2nd U23 European ITT Championship
- 3rd U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege
- 1st TTT Settimana Ciclista Bergamasca
- 3rd Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
- 5th Commonwealth Games Time Trial
- 8th Stage 1 Tour de Langkawi
- 3rd Overall Vuelta a Aragón
- 2nd Stage 4 & 10th Stage 5
- 10th Stage 1 Giro del Trentino
- 5th Stage 18 Giro d'Italia
- 5th Overall Tour des Apennins
- 6th Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Stage 1 TTT Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 8th Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
- 3rd Stage 6 Vuelta a Asturias
- 10th Coppa Papà Carlo
Grand Tour General Classification results timeline
WD = withdrew
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- Cyclingnews talks with Charly Wegelius Cyclingnews.com Accessed 26 September 2011
- Wegelius calls time on cycling career Cyclingnews.com Accessed 26 September 2011
- Commonwealth Sports – Sports Programme Commonwealth Games Federation Accessed 26 September 2011
- "www.cyclingnews.com presents the 87th Giro d'Italia, 2004". cyclingnews.com.
- Herety resigns over team tactics The Daily Telegraph Accessed 26 September 2011
- Charly Wegelius: Rider Profile Cycling Weekly Accessed 1 September 2009
- Charly Wegelius retires from cycling Cycling Weekly Accessed 26 September 2011
- "www.cyclingnews.com presents the 88th Giro d'Italia". cyclingnews.com.
- Briton Wegelius gains Tour slot BBC Sport Accessed 26 September 2011
- I felt like a water bucket with dozens of bullet holes Canyon HEROES Blog Accessed 26 September 2011
- Daniel Benson. "Wegelius to Garmin-Cervelo as Director Sportif". Cyclingnews.com.
- “Lost” Old Scholars Bootham School Accessed 26 September 2011
- Wegelius, Charles (2013). Domestique: The Real-Life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro. London: Ebury Publishing. ISBN 978-0-09-195093-4. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Charlie Wegelius Profile from Cycling Archives