Filippo Pozzato

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Filippo Pozzato
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Pozzato at the 2016 Grand Prix de Denain
Personal information
Full name Filippo Pozzato
Nickname Pippo
The Peacock of Sandrigo
Born (1981-09-10) 10 September 1981 (age 35)
Sandrigo, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current team Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2002 Mapei–Quick-Step
2003–2004 Fassa Bortolo
2005–2006 Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007–2008 Liquigas
2009–2011 Team Katusha
2012 Farnese Vini–Selle Italia
2013–2015 Lampre–Merida
2016– Southeast–Venezuela
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2004, 2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2010)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2008)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2003)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2009)
Milan–San Remo (2006)
GP Ouest-France (2013)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (2009)
Omloop Het Volk (2007)
HEW Cyclassics (2005)

Filippo "Pippo" Pozzato (born 10 September 1981) is an Italian road racing cyclist with UCI Professional Continental team Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia.[1]

A northern classics specialist, Pozzato has finished 13th (2006), 14th (2007), 6th (2008), 2nd (2012) and 8th (2017) 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.


Mapei-Quick Step[edit]

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.

Fassa Bortolo[edit]

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.

During the 2004 season he was chosen to be part of the Italian 2004 Olympics team in support of team leader Paolo Bettini who went on to win the event.

Quick Step-Innergetic[edit]

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 2005 ProTour season went better for Pozzato, with a win in the HEW Cyclassics in front of teammate Luca Paolini.

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.


For the 2007 season, Pozzato joined the Liquigas squad, and began his season in style, winning the Tour du Haut Var the Omloop Het Volk and Stage 5 of the Tour de France.

Team Katusha[edit]

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.[2]

In 2010 he has been accused by several riders, including Bjorn Leukemans, Boonen and Philippe Gilbert for his "negative tactics" during key races. This resulted in the nickname "The Shadow".[3]


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.[4] 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[edit]

In 2016 Pozzato will be racing for a new team, the Italian-based Southeast Pro Cycling Team.

Doping ban[edit]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]


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.[6]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

UCI Junior Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road Race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time Trial
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Junior Track World Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Cuba
1st Stage 11a
Tour de Normandie
1st Prologue, Stages 2, 3 & 5
Tour of Slovenia
1st Stages 4 & 7
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Duo Normand (with Evgeni Petrov)
1st Gran Premio Brissago
1st Tour du Lac Léman
1st Prologue Ytong Bohemia Tour
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Giro dell'Etna
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Giro della Liguria
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 Omloop Het Volk
1st Tour du Haut Var
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
1st Stage 6 Tour de Pologne
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2nd Milan–San Remo
6th Tour of Flanders
1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Road 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 Road race, UCI Road World 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
8th Tour of Flanders

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 84 DNF 45 DNF 120 115 104
A yellow jersey Tour de France 116 133 DNF 67 100
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Monuments results timeline[edit]

Monument 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Milan–San Remo DNF 63 1 19 2 22 29 5 6 33 30 41 8 31
Tour of Flanders DNF 109 43 13 14 6 5 2 44 17 12 75 8
Paris–Roubaix DNF 15 35 49 2 7 DNF DNF 22 50 65
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DNF DNF DNF
Giro di Lombardia DNF 42 19 DNF DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Lampre-Merida (LAM) – ITA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Weislo, Laura; Decaluwé, Brecht (12 April 2009). "107th Paris-Roubaix - HIS". Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Devolder is opnieuw de beste in de Ronde" (in Dutch). Sporza. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Peter Hymas (16 February 2013). "Pozzato prevails at Trofeo Laigueglia". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Gregor Brown (12 September 2012). "Pozzato escapes lengthy doping ban due to paperwork error". CyclingWeekly. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Filippo Pozzato on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-07-28. 

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