Hichem Chaabane

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Hichem Chaabane
Personal information
Full nameHichem Chaabane
Born (1988-08-10) 10 August 1988 (age 30)
Blida, Algeria
Team information
Current teamOlympic Team Algérie Tour Aglo37
Professional team(s)
2008Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub
2009MTN Cycling
2012Vélo Club Sovac Algérie
2013Vélo Club Sovac
2014Olympic Team Algérie Tour Aglo37

Hichem Chaabane (Arabic: هشام شعبان‎; born August 10, 1988 in Blida) is an Algerian professional road cyclist.[1] He represented his nation Algeria at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and has currently competed for Vélo Club Sovac pro cycling team since 2012.

Riding for Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub, Chaabane qualified for the Algerian squad, as a 19-year-old teen, in the men's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving a berth and finishing fourth from stage four of Giro del Capo in Cape Town, South Africa.[2] Passing through the 161.2-km mark, Chabane could not achieve a best possible result with a severe fatigue under Beijing's intense heat and a lapped violation, as he failed to complete a grueling race against a vast field of nearly a hundred cyclists.[3]

Chaabane signed an annual contract with MTN Cycling pro cycling team in 2009. On that same year, he and four other international cyclists were stabbed and injured on a house robbery in Potchefstroom, losing some cash, laptops, and five cellphones from their respective belongings.[4] When MTN Cycling folded after the 2009 season, Chaabane was left with no contract, and ultimately decided to return to Algeria as a freelance agent. In 2010, Chaabane earned his first career title in road cycling for the under-23 division at the African Championships in Tunis, Tunisia.[5]

When he joined with Vélo Club Sovac in 2012 under a bi-annual contract, Chaabane added two more titles for an elite level at the Tour de Blida and at the Algerian Road Championships in Mostaganem.[6]

In April 2015, it was announced that Chaabane had tested positive for two undisclosed prohibited substances and was provisionally suspended from racing.[7]

Career highlights[edit]

4th Overall Giro del Capo
5th Overall African Road Championships
1st Overall Arab Road Championships
1st Overall Arab Road Championships
2nd Algerian National Time Trial Championships
5th Overall Tour of Algeria
8th Overall Tour of Greece
1st  Algeria National Road Race Championships
1st Overall Tour de Blida
1st Stage 3
2nd African Team Time Trial Championships
5th Overall Tour de Wilaya de Tipaza
9th Overall Tour of Eritrea, Eritrea
10th Overall Tour of Algeria, Algeria
2nd Grand Prix d'Oran
6th Overall Tour International de Constantine
7th Criterium International de Setif
8th Circuit International d'Alger
9th Overall Tour d'Algérie
1st Stage 5
9th Overall Tour International de Blida
1st Overall Tour Internationale d'Annaba
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
1st Circuit International d'Alger
1st Circuit International de Constantine
3rd Overall Tour International de Blida
1st Stage 3
5th Overall Tour Internationale d'Oranie
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 3
5th African Continental TTT Championships


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hichem Chaabane". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Hichem Chaâbane prend la 4e place" [Hichem Chaâbane takes fourth place] (in French). Le Soir d'Algérie. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Men's Road Race". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Olympic cyclist stabbed in robbery". Independent Online (South Africa). 2 June 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Cyclisme – Championnat arabe: Troisième place pour le cycliste algérien Hichem Chaabane" [Cycling – Arab Championships: Third place for Algerian cyclist Hichem Chaabane] (in French). Radio Algérienne. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Cyclisme Championnat d'Algérie, Hichem Chaâbane vainqueur" [Algerian Cycling Championships, Hichem Chaâbane is the winner] (in French). Algerie 360. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  7. ^ Mourad Zemmouri (23 April 2015). "Hichem Chaâbane contrôlé positif". TSA (in French). Entrecom. Retrieved 24 April 2015.

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