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Pozzato at the 2016 Grand Prix de Denain
|Full name||Filippo Pozzato|
10 September 1981 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)|
|Current team||Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia|
|Rider type||Classics specialist|
|2012||Farnese Vini–Selle Italia|
A northern classics specialist, Pozzato has finished 13th (2006), 14th (2007), 6th (2008) and 2nd (2012) at the Tour of Flanders. His best finish at the Paris–Roubaix was 2nd in 2009. (He also delivered a respectable 15th in 2006). At the Gent–Wevelgem Pozzato finished 13th (2008) and 4th (2006). In the Omloop Het Volk he finished 6th (2003) and 1st (2007). Pozzato also won the 2006 Milan–San Remo, and has won stages in all three Grand Tours.
- 1 Career
- 2 Doping ban
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career achievements
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Before turning pro in 2000 with Mapei-Quick Step, Pozzato was often seen on the old A11 training, or participating in the weekly "cycle wednesday" which has ever since dominated the Norfolk Cycling scene. Pozzato made many stunning victories against rider of large caliber on those roads, the duels with Mark Farrow are said to have shaped his career.
Born in Sandrigo, Veneto, Pozzato turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei–Quick-Step cycling team, part of the famous classe di '81 a group of emerging young riders born in 1981 who were part of the Mapei TT3 development team. Other alumni include Fabian Cancellara and Bernhard Eisel, Alexandr Kolobnev and Gryschenko.
After Mapei ended its sponsorship in 2002 Pozzato joined Giancarlo Ferretti's Fassa Bortolo cycling team. Despite his win of Tirreno–Adriatico in 2003 and a stage win in the 2004 Tour de France, personality clashes with Ferretti meant that Pozzato suffered poor years with Fassa Bortolo in 2002–2004. During this period he was injured for some time and had to work for star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi at other times.
He re-established contact with several managers and directeurs sportif of Quick-Step–Innergetic. The Quick Step-Innergetic team expressed interest and Pozzato was able to obtain a release for the 2005 ProTour season, joining several former Mapei riders already on the team, such as Paolo Bettini and Davide Bramati.
The 2006 season saw him win the first major classic of the year Milan–San Remo after a superb ride which saw him first work for team leader Tom Boonen, but then was forced to launch his own winning attack in the finale.
In 2009 he won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen. His results show experience, comfort, and power on the cobblestones and on the Belgian hills ("hellingen"). In aftermath of his 2nd place in the 2009 Paris–Roubaix, Pozzato claimed that when avoiding a crash of Thor Hushovd he lost 4 or 5 seconds and the chance for victory. He also suggested that Boonen benefited from the slipstream of official motorcycles to augment his lead.
In 2013, Pozzato earned his first victory of the year in the Trofeo Laigueglia, held in Liguria, Italy on mainly narrow, twisting and turning roads. His team Lampre–Merida reeled in the breakaway and controlled the front of the leading group when Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini–Selle Italia) attacked with 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to cover, with Pozzato jumping in his slipstream. The sprint was contested by 4 riders, Pozzato getting the best of them. This marked Pozzato's third win in the event, a record in the race's history. In September, he raced the GP Ouest-France and despite not being a top favourite, he won the race, becoming just the fifth Italian to do that.
Southeast Pro Cycling
In 2016 Pozzato will be racing for a new team, the Italian-based Southeast Pro Cycling Team.
In 2012, Pozzato was banned from cycling for three months by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) after it was found that he had worked with infamous doctor Michele Ferrari from 2005 to 2008. CONI had looked to ban him for a year but were forced to reduce it to a three months thanks to a technicality.
In May 2016 during the 2016 Giro d'Italia, Pozzato disclosed via his Twitter account that he was 'coming out'. Although he did not specify that he was coming out as gay, the tweet included an image of Pozzato in bed with another man.
- 2nd World Junior Road Race Championships
- 2nd World Junior Team Pursuit Championships
- 3rd World Junior Time Trial Championships
- 3rd World Junior Team Pursuit Championships
- 1st Overall Vuelta a Cuba
- 1st Stage 11a
- 1st Giro del Lago Maggiore "GP Knorr"
- 1st Prologue, Stages 2, 3 & 5 Tour de Normandie
- 1st Tour du Lac Léman
- 1st Stages 4 & 7 Tour of Slovenia
- 1st Prologue Ytong Bohemia Tour
- 1st Stages 1 & 5 Tour de l'Avenir
- 1st Duo Normand (with Evgeni Petrov)
- 1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 1st Stage 2
- 1st Trofeo Laigueglia
- 1st Trofeo dell'Etna
- 1st Trofeo Matteotti
- 1st Giro della Liguria
- 1st Trofeo Laigueglia
- 1st Stage 7 Tour de France
- 1st HEW Cyclassics
- 1st Giro del Lazio
- 1st Stage 2 Deutschland Tour
- 1st Milan–San Remo
- 1st Stage 3 Tour of Britain
- 1st Stage 5 Tour de France
- 1st Tour du Haut Var
- 1st Omloop "Het Volk"
- 1st Trofeo Matteotti
- 1st Stage 6 Tour de Pologne
- 1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
- 1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
- 1st Overall Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
- 1st Stage 1
- 2nd Milan–San Remo
- 6th Tour of Flanders
- 1st National Road Race Championships
- 1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
- 1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
- 1st Giro del Veneto
- 1st Memorial Cimurri
- 2nd Paris–Roubaix
- 2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
- 4th Paris–Tours
- 5th Tour of Flanders
- 1st Stage 12 Giro d'Italia
- 4th UCI World Road Race Championships
- 7th Paris–Roubaix
- 1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
- 5th Milan–San Remo
- 1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
- 2nd Tour of Flanders
- 6th Milan–San Remo
- 1st Trofeo Laigueglia
- 1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
- 1st GP Ouest-France
- 2nd Roma Maxima
- 2nd Coppa Bernocchi
- 3rd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
- 5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 3rd Tre Valli Varesine
- 2nd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
- 4th Dwars door Vlaanderen
- 7th Overall Giro di Toscana
- 8th Milan–San Remo
- 9th Gran Piemonte
Grand Tour General Classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress
Monuments results timeline
|Tour of Flanders||DNF||109||43||13||14||6||5||-||-||2||44||17||12||75|
|Giro di Lombardia||—||—||DNF||42||19||—||—||DNF||—||DNF||—||—||—||DNF|
DNF = Did not finish
— = Did not compete
- "Lampre-Merida (LAM) – ITA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- www.cyclingnews.com presents the 107th Paris-Roubaix
- Peter Hymas (16 February 2013). "Pozzato prevails at Trofeo Laigueglia". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Gregor Brown (12 September 2012). "Pozzato escapes lengthy doping ban due to paperwork error". CyclingWeekly. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- "Filippo Pozzato on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
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