Diana Žiliūtė

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Diana Žiliūtė
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Personal information
Full name Diana Žiliūtė
Born (1976-05-28) 28 May 1976 (age 41)
Rietavas, Lithuanian SSR
Team information
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider

Diana Žiliūtė (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[dʲɪjɛˈnɐ ʒɪˈlʲuːtʲeː]; born 28 May 1976 in Rietavas) is a Lithuanian racing cyclist who dominated women's road racing in the late 1990s.

She made her debut in the pro cycling ranks in the mid-1990s after winning the 1994 World Junior Road Race Championship. She rose to the top of women's cycling in 1998 when she won two World Road Cup races, the overall World Road Cup title, and capped the season by winning the World Road Race Championships and leading the UCI Women's Road World Rankings.

The following year (1999), she further demonstrated her all around prowess by winning the Grande Boucle, one of the hardest stage races in women's cycle racing history. This was followed in 2000 by a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics.

For her achievements, Žiliūtė was awarded the Order of Gediminas, a Lithuanian state honor.

Palmarès[edit]

Prior to 1998
1994 World Junior Road Race Champion
1994 World Team Time Trial Championships - 2nd place
1996 European U-23 Time Trials - 2nd place
1996 Giro d'Italia - stage victory
1997 European U-23 Time Trial Champion
1997 Tour de Vendeè - stage victory
1997 Giro d'Italia Femminile- stage victory
1998
UCI Road Rankings 1st place
World Road Cup (Overall Points) - 1st place
World Road Race Championships - 1st place
World Time Trial Championships - 4th place
GP Tell (Swi) World Cup - 4th place
Beneden-Maas (Ned) World Cup - 1st place
Trophee International (Fra) World Cup - 3rd place
Women's Challenge - 3rd place GC, Points jersey, 1 stage victory
Montreal (Can) World Cup - 1st place
Liberty Classic (USA) World Cup - 2nd place
1999
UCI Road Ranking - 3rd place
World Road Race Championships - 3rd place
World Time Trial Championships - 8th place
Jersey yellow.svg Grande Boucle (cat. 1) - 1st place GC, 3 stage victories
Thuringen Rundfahrt - 2nd place GC, 2 stage victories
Giro del Trentino - 2 stage victories
2000
UCI Road Rankings 1st place
World Road Cup (Overall Points) - 1st place
Bronze medal olympic.svg Olympic Games Road Race - 3rd place (Bronze Medal)
Embrach (Swi) World Cup - 4th place
Giro d'Italia Femminile (cat. 1) - stage victory
Women's Challenge (cat. 1) - 2nd place GC, Points jersey, 2 stage victories
Liberty Classic (USA) World Cup - 2nd place
Montreal (Can) World Cup - 3rd place
Vuelta Navarra Feminas (cat. 2) - 1st place GC, Points, QOM jerseys, 4 stage victories
La Flèche Wallonne (Bel) World Cup - 4th place
Primavera Rosa (Ita) World Cup - 1st place
2001
UCI Road Ranking - 16th place
World Road Race Championships - 8th place
Giro della Toscana (cat. 1) - 1st place GC
Holland Ladies Tour (cat. 2) - 2nd place GC
Giro d'Italia Femminile (cat. 1) - 2nd place GC, 1 stage victory
2002
Giro d'Italia Femminile - 3rd place GC
Women's Challenge (cat. 1) - Sprints jersey, 1 stage victory
Publi-Tour Midi Pyrenees (cat. 2) - 1 stage victory
Primavera Rosa (Ita) World Cup - 2nd place
GP Citta di Castemaso (cat. 2) - 1st place
2003
UCI Road Ranking - 13th place
Rotterdam Tour (Ned) World Cup- 2nd place
Holland Ladies Tour (cat. 1) - Points, Sprints jersey, 3 stage victories
Rund um die Nurnberger (Ger) World Cup - 1st place
Le Tour du Montreal (cat. 1) - 4th place, Points jersey, 1 stage victory
GP Liberazione (cat. 2) - 1st place
2004
Giro d'Italia Femminile (cat. 1) - 7th place GC, 2 stage victories
 Lithuania National Road Race Champion
 Lithuania National Time Trial Champion
2005
(did not race for most of the 2005 season)
World Road Race Championships - 11th place
2006
 Lithuania National Road Race Champion

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Awards
Preceded by
Lithuania Raimondas Šiugždinis
Best Lithuanian sportsman of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Lithuania Edita Pučinskaitė
Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
World Cup Overall Points Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Anna Wilson
Preceded by
Anna Wilson
World Cup Overall Points Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Anna Millward (nee Wilson)