Igor Astarloa

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Igor Astarloa
Henninger Turm 2006 - Igor Astarloa.jpg
Astarloa at the 2006 Rund um den Henninger Turm
Personal information
Full nameIgor Astarloa Askasibar
Born (1976-03-29) March 29, 1976 (age 42)
Ermua, Spain
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider (retired)
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2001Mercatone Uno–Albacom
2002–2003Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Longoni Sport
2004Cofidis (till April)
2004Lampre (from May)
2005–2006Barloworld
2007–2008Milram
2009Amica Chips-Knauf
Major wins
La Flèche Wallonne (2003)
Milano–Torino (2006)

Igor Astarloa Askasibar (born March 29, 1976 in Ermua, Basque Country) is a retired cyclist from Spain.

Career[edit]

Astarloa turned professional with the Italian cycling team Mercatone Uno and enjoyed his best season in 2003 with team Saeco Macchine per Caffè when he won the Flèche Wallonne and the road race title at the World Cycling Championships at Hamilton, Canada. During the 2006 transfer season it was announced that he was to leave Team Barloworld, the Continental Circuit team for which Astarloa had ridden for the last several years, and join Team Milram, a member of the UCI ProTour.

Team Milram terminated its contract with Astarloa in May 2008 following disclosures that he had shown "irregular blood values", as reported by Focus magazine.[1] He joined the Amica Chips-Knauf team, which folded in May 2009. Soon after, in June 2009, Astarloa was one of the first five riders to fall foul of the Union Cycliste International's new biological passport system, introduced to combat doping by competitive cyclists. Astarloa was unable to secure another contract that season, and retired in January 2010.[2]

Doping conviction[edit]

On 1 December 2010, the Union Cycliste International announced that the Spanish Cycling Federation’s Disciplinary Commission had handed down a two-year suspension and a €35,000 fine to Igor Astarloa. According to Cyclingnews.com, Astarloa's blood samples had come under considerable scrutiny prior to the events of 2008-09 and in the wake of his 2003 world championships victory, although he was never punished for any infraction.[3]

Major achievements[edit]

2002
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Brixia Tour
1st Stage 2
2003
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 3 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
10th Amstel Gold Race
2004
1st Stage 2 Brixia Tour
2005
1st Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos
2006
1st Milano–Torino

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