Franco Pellizotti

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Franco Pellizotti
Giro d'Italia 2017, pellizotti (34343448003) (cropped).jpg
Pellizotti at the 2017 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full nameFranco Pellizotti
NicknamePello, Il Delfino
Born (1978-01-15) 15 January 1978 (age 42)
Latisana, Italy
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb; 10 st 1 lb)
Team information
Current teamBahrain–McLaren
  • Rider (retired)
  • Directeur sportif
Rider typeClimber
Professional teams
2012–2016Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
Managerial team
2019–Bahrain–Merida (directeur sportif)
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2006, 2008)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2012)

Franco Pellizotti (born 15 January 1978) is an Italian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2001 and 2018 for the Alessio, Liquigas–Doimo, Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec and Bahrain–Merida teams. Pellizotti now works as a directeur sportif for the Bahrain–McLaren team.[1]


Pellizotti was born in Latisana, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. During his career, Pellizotti was known as a climbing specialist and won Stage 10 in the 2006 Giro d'Italia, Stage 16 in the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Stage 17 in the 2009 Giro d'Italia. After finishing third overall in the 2009 Giro, he won the polka dot jersey in Paris as the best climber of the 2009 Tour de France (which has been cancelled), as well as named the Most Combative (Aggressive) Rider on Stages 9 and 17. At the start of each race, Pellizotti was seen making the sign of the cross and kissing a crucifix around his neck.

Pellizotti at the 2009 Giro d'Italia


On 3 May 2010, Pellizotti's name was released by La Gazzetta dello Sport as being one of several riders under investigation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for "irregular blood values". Pellizotti was reported to have had "suspicious values" on the eve of the 2009 Tour de France and request has been made by the UCI for investigation.[2] This was confirmed later that day in a UCI press release.[3] He was due to be one of Liquigas–Doimo' team leaders at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, but was immediately pulled from the squad and replaced with Vincenzo Nibali. His team said they have faith in the explanation put forward by Pellizotti and are conducting a further investigation.[4] Shortly after the end of the season, the suspension was lifted on the grounds of lack of evidence, and Pellizotti declared a wish to seek financial redress from the UCI.[5] Liquigas–Doimo declined to re-sign Pellizotti after the 2010 season. Pellizotti's case reached the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March 2011. After asking the court for a speedy verdict, he was suspended for two years after it upheld the UCI's appeal. His ban lasted until May 2012. The Court also annulled all results from 17 May 2009, meaning that Pellizotti lost a stage win and third place overall in the Giro d'Italia and a stage win and overall victory in the mountains and combativity classifications in the Tour de France.[6]

Following the conclusion of his ban, Pellizotti signed with the Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela team.[7][8]

In August 2013, it was announced that after two years with Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela, Pellizotti was to join Astana for the 2014 season.[9] However, Pellizotti would have only been able to compete from May 2014 due to Astana being a member of the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible (MPCC),[10] and that Pellizotti had previously served a two-year ban for a UCI biological passport violation.[11] Further talks between Pellizotti and Astana resulted in his contract with the squad being nullified,[12] and Pellizotti was able to return to Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela for a third season, in 2014.[13]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st Tour de Frioul
1st Stage 6 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 5 Tour de Pologne
2nd Milano–Torino
3rd Grand Prix de Larciano
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Gran Premio di Chiasso
2nd Coppa Sabatini
2nd Tour de Frioul
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Jersey green.svg Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 2
2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2nd Milano–Torino
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 10
10th Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Memorial Marco Pantani
5th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 16
2009 (results annulled)
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 17
Tour de France
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
Jersey red number.svg Super-combativity award
1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
3rd Overall Giro di Padania
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
5th Circuito de Getxo
2nd Overall Route du Sud
4th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
4th Coppa Sabatini
4th Giro dell'Emilia
5th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
6th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
6th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Giro di Lombardia
8th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
10th Milano–Torino
3rd Coppa Sabatini
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
6th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
9th Overall Giro del Trentino
10th Trofeo Laigueglia
4th Giro dell'Appennino
6th Gran Premio di Lugano
7th Giro dell'Emilia
7th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
9th Overall Herald Sun Tour
7th Coppa Sabatini
6th Memorial Marco Pantani

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 16 8 11 8 9 4 DSQ 11 12 24 21
A yellow jersey Tour de France 75 47 DSQ 60
A red jersey Vuelta a España 20 37 25 50

Did not finish = DNF; In progress = IP; Voided results = struck through.


  1. ^ Farrand, Stephen (28 November 2018). "Pellizotti swaps the saddle for directeur sportif role at Bahrain-Merida". Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Pellizoti Out of the giro due to biological passport findings".
  3. ^ "UCI Confirm Pellizoti investigation". Archived from the original on 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Liquigas put faith in Pellizotti".
  5. ^ Franco Pellizotti cleared to race Cycling News October 2010
  6. ^
  7. ^ Brown, Gregor (1 May 2012). "Savio defends Pellizotti's Androni signing after ban". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Pellizotti signs for Androni-Venezuela". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  9. ^ "New riders at Astana Pro Team". Astana. Abacanto SA. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  10. ^ Farrand, Stephen (1 August 2013). "Astana's decision to sign Pellizotti goes against MPCC rules". Future plc. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  11. ^ Farrand, Stephen (28 October 2013). "Astana accept Pellizotti cannot race until May 2014". Future plc. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Astana and Franco Pellizotti part ways". Future plc. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Pellizotti to remain part of Androni Venezuela after Astana deal fell through". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.

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