Giovanni Visconti (cyclist)

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Giovanni Visconti
Giovanni Visconti 2016.jpg
Visconti at the 2016 Tour of Britain.
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Visconti
Nickname Visco
Born (1983-01-13) 13 January 1983 (age 34)
Turin, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Team information
Current team Bahrain–Merida
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Professional team(s)
2004–2005 De Nardi
2006 Team Milram
2007–2008 Quick-Step–Innergetic
2009–2011 ISD
2012–2016 Movistar Team[1]
2017– Bahrain–Merida
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
Mountains classification (2015)
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)


UCI Europe Tour (2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11)

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

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Visconti wearing the Italian National Champion's Jersey in 2008

Visconti won his first race in 2006 at the Coppa Sabatini. One year later, he 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 accelerated and left the main field, closely followed by Visconti, Bossoni, and Christian Murro (Tenax-Menikini). The four were able to keep the peloton away until the final meters.

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]

Movistar Team (2012-16)[edit]

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]

In 2015, Visconti won the best climber's jersey of the Giro d'Italia, thanks to attacks in the final stages of the race. He qualified his conquest of the blue jersey as "a consolation" since he was going for stage wins that did not materialize during those attacks.[9] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Vuelta a España.[10]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st GP Inda-Trofeo Aras Frattini
1st Trofeo Gianfranco Bianchin
1st GP Kranj
1st GP Kranj
Giro delle Regioni
1st Stages 2 & 4b
1st Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften
2nd Menton-Savona
3rd Firenze–Pistoia
1st Coppa Sabatini
2nd Trofeo Melinda
2nd Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 2a Brixia Tour
1st Coppa Sabatini
3rd Firenze–Pistoia
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
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st Stage 2 Tour of Slovenia
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
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)
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Road 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
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Road 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 Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
3rd Gran Premio di Lugano
3rd Overall Tour of Oman
3rd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
3rd Coppa Bernocchi
4th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
7th Giro di Lombardia
1st Klasika Primavera
1st Circuito de Getxo
3rd Memorial Marco Pantani
7th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 15 & 17
7th Roma Maxima
9th Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
1st Jersey blue.svg Mountains classification Giro d'Italia
2nd Memorial Marco Pantani
6th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
8th Milano–Torino
8th Trofeo Andratx-Mirador d'es Colomer
1st Klasika Primavera
3rd Overall Giro di Toscana
1st Stage 1
3rd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
4th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
5th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Overall Tour du Haut Var
8th Amstel Gold Race
10th Trofeo Pollenca-Port de Andratx

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 77 42 76 49 DNF 35 18 13
A yellow jersey Tour de France 37
A red jersey Vuelta a España 19
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  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. 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". 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. 
  9. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Blue jersey is a consolation, says Visconti". Future plc. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Vuelta a España 2015". Cycling Fever. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 

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