Giovanni Visconti (cyclist)

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Giovanni Visconti
G Visconti LBL2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Visconti
Nickname Visco
Born (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 31)
Turin, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Professional team(s)
2004
2005
2006
2007–2008
2009–2011
2012–
De Nardi
Domina Vacanze
Team Milram
Quick Step-Innergetic
[[Neri Sottoli|Neri Sottoli]]
Movistar Team[1]
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2013)

Stage races

Tour of Turkey (2010)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2007, 2010, 2011)
GP de Fourmies (2008)

Other

UCI Europe Tour (2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11)
Infobox last updated on
3 January 2014

Giovanni Visconti (born 13 January 1983 in Turin) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Visconti won the Italian National Championship road race on 1 July 2007, beating Paolo Bossoni (Lampre-Fondital) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) at the end in a sprint. At 12 km to go, Rebellin made his move. Visconti, Bossoni, and Christian Murro (Tenax-Menikini) took the wheels of the Gerolsteiner's rider. The four were able to keep the peloton away until the final meters.

"I'm over the moon," Visconti said, "I have thought about this race for a long time. The teamwork was perfect, and Bettini helped me a lot to stay calm and concentrate for the final. It's the best moment of my career. I won a lot when I was an espoir but nothing is comparable to this fantastic day!"[citation needed] It was the 24-year-old's second victory after the 2006 Coppa Sabatini.

In 2010, Visconti won the 2.HC Tour of Turkey's overall classification after pocketing two stages along the way. He stood on the podium with Tejay van Garderen of Team HTC-Columbia and David Moncoutié of Cofidis. Racing himself for ISD-NERI at the time, he said after the win: "Look at the teams we've beaten: HTC-Columbia and Cofidis, not bad for a team like ours, isn't it?"[3]

In April 2012, now riding for Movistar Team, Visconti took his first victory of the season at the Klasika Primavera by outsprinting his own teammate Alejandro Valverde and Euskaltel-Euskadi's Igor Anton. Four Movistar Team riders finished in the first five positions.[4] In May, Visconti had to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia during the fifteenth stage due to shortness of breath. He was told by his entourage that the event had all the symptoms of a panic attack.[5] He came back to racing and signed a victory at the Circuito de Getxo, where his puncheur qualities served him well on the final climb, where he outsprinted Danilo di Luca.[6] He went to the Tour of Burgos and finished seventh overall thanks to consistent placings, especially in the queen stage to the Lagunas de Neila where he was eighth.[7] In December, it has been announced by the Italian National Olympic Committee that Visconti was suspended for 3 months and would have to pay a 10,000 Euros fine since he worked with doctor Michele Ferrari, who had been banned for life for doping athletes. Visconti has denied Ferrari had ever supplied him with doping products. The suspension started retroactively on 10 October 2012.[8]

Palmares[edit]

2003
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st GP Inda-Trofeo Aras Frattini
1st Trofeo G. Bianchin
1st GP Kranj
2004
1st GP Kranj
1st Stages 2 & 4b Giro delle Regioni
1st Tour des Flandres Espoirs
2nd Menton-Savona
2005
3rd Firenze-Pistoia
2006
1st Coppa Sabatini
2nd Trofeo Melinda
2nd GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2007
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 2a Brixia Tour
1st Coppa Sabatini
3rd Firenze–Pistoia
2008
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Grand Prix de Fourmies
2nd Grand Prix de Wallonie
2nd Memorial Cimurri
2nd Japan Cup
4th Giro di Lombardia
2009
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st Stage 2 Tour of Slovenia
1st Coppa Agostini
1st Trofeo Melinda
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
2nd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2nd Coppa Sabatini
2nd Memorial Marco Pantani
3rd Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
5th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 1b (TTT)
2010
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Overall Tour of Turkey
1st Stages 3 & 4
1st Stage 1 Tour of Luxembourg
1st Classica Sarda Olbia-Pantogia
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
2nd Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
3rd Trofeo Melinda
3rd Giro della Romagna
2011
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Road Race Championships
1st Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
1st Stage 4 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
2nd Overall Giro di Padania
2nd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2nd GP Kanton Aargau
3rd GP di Lugano
3rd Overall Tour of Oman
3rd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
3rd Coppa Bernocchi
4th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 5
1st Points classification
2012
1st Klasika Primavera
1st Circuito de Getxo
3rd Memorial Marco Pantani
7th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2013
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 15 & 17
7th Roma Maxima
9th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 77 42 76 49 WD 35
Yellow jersey Tour
red jersey Vuelta

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokes, Shane (30 December 2011). "Juan Jose Cobo signs two year contract with Movistar team". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Movistar Team (MOV) - ESP". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Jean-Francois Quénet (19 April 2010). "Greipel takes the final stage". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Movistar's Giovanni Visconti won the Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta in Spain". Euro Sport (Eurosport.com). 9 April 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Simon MacMichael (20 May 2012). "Giro d'Italia Stage 15: Lone escapee Rabottini hangs on to win from Rodriguez, Spaniard takes back overall lead". Road.cc (Farrelly Atkinson Ltd). Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Alastair Hamilton (2 August 2012). "Visconti wins Circuito de Getxo". Euro Trash. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Peter Hymas (5 August 2012). "Moreno wins 2012 Vuelta a Burgos". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Shane Stokes (14 December 2012). "Visconti handed three month ban and €11,000 penalty for working with Ferrari". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 14 December 2012. 

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