|Full name||Isidro Nozal|
18 October 1977 |
Isidro Nozal Vega (born 18 October 1977) is a former Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He has become somewhat famous for not showering during Grand Tours for fear that the water will soften his muscles . Nozal was runner-up in the 2003 Vuelta a España and an instrumental domestique in Roberto Heras' 2004 Vuelta a España win.
In 2005, he was suspended for two weeks after being tested with a hematocrit level above 50 before the start of Dauphine Libere. In 2006, he was initially implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing by Spanish officials. Later admitted involvement, saying he did three blood tranfusions with Fuentes in the season before the 2005 Dauphine Libere, but denying he doped. For the 2008 and 2009 seasons Nozal rode for the Portuguese Pro Continental team of Liberty Seguros. In September 2009 Nozal and two teammates (Nuno Ribeiro and Hector Guerra) were announced to have tested positive for EPO-CERA in samples taken for the previous month's Tour of Portugal. Liberty Seguros immediately announced that it would cease sponsorship of the team and its participation in cycling. Ribeiro had initially been declared the winner but the second-placed rider, Spain's David Blanco, was elevated to the overall win. Nozal, Ribeiro, and Guerra all received two-year suspensions from cycling.
- 1999 – ONCE - Deutsche Bank
First year as a professional
- 2000 – ONCE - Deutsche Bank
- 2005 – Liberty Seguros-Würth
- 2006 – Astana-Würth Team
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
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DNF = did not finish
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