Mapei (cycling team)

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Mapei
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Team information
UCI code MAP
Registered Italy (1993-1997)
Belgium (1998-2002)
Founded 1993 (1993)
Disbanded 2002 (2002)
Discipline Road
Bicycles Viner (1993)
Colnago (1994-2002)
Key personnel
Team manager(s) Giuseppe Saronni (1997-1998)
Patrick Lefevere (1999-2000)
Alvaro Crespi (2000-2002)
Team name history
1993
1994
1995-1997
1998
1999–2002
Mapei
Mapei-Clas
Mapei-GB
Mapei-Bricobi
Mapei-Quick Step

Mapei was an Italian-based road bicycle racing team active from 1993 to 2002, named after sponsoring firm Mapei. From 2003 Mapei dropped the sponsorate, and a new team was built on top of the old with the name of Quick Step-Davitamon.

Mapei was one of the strongest teams during the late 1990s, and ranked as the strongest UCI team in 1994-2000 and 2002.

The team had the great Belgian and Italian classic specialists of the 1990s such as Johan Museeuw, Michele Bartoli, Andrea Tafi, Franco Ballerini, and had Patrick Lefevre as directeur sportif and then manager. The team won Paris–Roubaix five times. Three times (1996,[1] 1998[2] and 1999[3]) the team even won the first three places. In the 1996 edition, the sprint for the line was decided 15 km from the finish. Directeur sportif Patrick Lefevere, who was following the race in the team car, talked with the owner of Mapei, Giorgio Squinzi (in Milan), who said that Museeuw was to win the race. Gianluca Bortolami was second while Andrea Tafi was third.[1] In 1998 Franco Ballerini won the race with over four minutes ahead of his two teammates Tafi and Wilfried Peeters.[2] and in 1999 Tafi won with an advantage of two minutes over teammates Peeters and Tom Steels. In the summer of 2000, Lefevre announced that the Belgian part of the Mapei team would be leaving the team to form a new team called Domo-Farm Frites which had Museeuw as team captain. As a result, there was a great rivalry between the two teams.[4]

Mapei was less dominating in the Grand Tours. The only true stage race specialist was Tony Rominger, who won the 1994 Vuelta a España and the 1995 Giro d'Italia for the team. As Rominger focused on the Tour de France in 1996, Abraham Olano was given the leadership role at the Giro d'Italia in 1996. Olano took the maglia rosa but lost it in the mountains and during the Tour, Rominger lost time in the mountains. The team never played a major role in the Tour de France.

The official names of the team changed with the cosponsors several times. The team has run under the following names: Mapei (1993) Mapei-Clas (1994), Mapei-GB (1995–1997), Mapei-Bricobi (1998), Mapei-Quickstep (1999–2002).

History[edit]

While started in 1993 (taking the Eldor-Viner team midseason), the Mapei team already became an international top team one year later when it merged with the Spanish Clas-Cajastur for the 1994 season. Clas had been a cycling sponsor since the 1988 Clas-Razesa team, led by José Manuel Fuente Lavandera. Among the Clas-riders who joined the Italian Mapei team were Fernando Escartín, Abraham Olano and, most prominently, Swiss top rider Tony Rominger. Other newly signed riders included Franco Ballerini, Gianluca Bortolami, Andrea Tafi and Mauro Gianetti, forming a Spanish-Italian top team with two strong Swiss riders as well.

Already in 1995, Clas stopped sponsoring, being replaced by GB. GB had previously sponsored the Italian MG-Maglificio team, which has had success in the early nineties in part due to a Flemish influence. Along with the new sponsor came team manager Patrick Lefevere and top rider Johan Museeuw, marking the beginning of the Belgian influence of the successful Mapei team in the following years, although the team would always have some strong Spanish riders. Another new rider in 1995 was Frank Vandenbroucke, who joined from the Lotto team.

In the remainder of the 1990s Mapei would celebrate many major successes, usually in the one-day classics.

The Mapei Cycling team was disbanded though. The decision was announced in May. The major factor was humiliation and anger over a drugging case, one more of those scandals that continue to undermine bicycle racing.

Major wins[edit]

1993
Trofeo Melinda, Stefano Della Santa
1994
Züri-Metzgete, Gianluca Bortolami
UCI Road World Cup, Gianluca Bortolami
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a España, Tony Rominger
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Tony Rominger
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Nice, Tony Rominger
One Hour World Record, Tony Rominger
1995
Giro Ciclistico d'Italia, Giuseppe di Grande
Criterium Bavikhoeve, Johan Museeuw
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx, Johan Museeuw
Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, Adriano Baffi
Four Days of Dunkirk, Johan Museeuw
Vuelta a Andalucía, Stefano Dell Santa
Clasica Internacional a Alcobendas
Trofeo Laigueglia, Johan Museeuw
Omloop Het Volk, Franco Ballerini
Cholet - Pays De Loire, Frank Vandenbroucke
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Bart Leysen
Tour of Flanders, Johan Museeuw
Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Tony Rominger
Paris–Roubaix, Franco Ballerini
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie, Toni Rominger
Prologue, Stages 3 & 4b Toni Rominger
Overall Giro d'Italia, Toni Rominger
Jersey violet.svg Points classification, Toni Rominger
Jersey blue.svg Intermediate Sprints classification, Toni Rominger
Stages 2 (ITT), 4, 10 (ITT) & 17 (ITT), Toni Rominger
Flèche Hesbignonne, Wilfired Pieters
Züri-Metzgete, Johan Museeuw
Druivenkoers Overijse, Johan Museeuw
Schaal Sels - Merksem, Bart Leysen
Criterium Adinkerke, Frank Vandenbroucke
Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
Prologue, Stage 7 & 20 Vuelta a España, Abraham Olano
Paris–Bruxelles, Frank Vandenbroucke
Stage 19 Vuelta a España, Adriano Baffi
Critérium de Oostrozebeke, Adriano Baffi
World Road Race championships, Abraham Olano
Paris–Bourges, Daniele Nardello
Subida al Naranco, Abraham Olano
UCI Road World Cup, Johan Museeuw
1996
Trofeo Melinda, Andrea Tafi
Amsterdam Derny Race, Franco Ballerini
 Spain National Road Race championships, Manuel Fernandez
Criterium Bavikhoeve, Abraham Olano
Criterium Aalst, Tom Steels
Trofeo Manacor, Frederico Colonna
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour Méditerranéen, Frank Vandenbroucke
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Austria, Frank Vandenbroucke
Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire, Adriano Baffi
Roma Maxima, Andrea Tafi
Coppa Placci, Andrea Tafi
Overall Vuelta a Burgos, Tony Rominger
Milano–Torino, Daniele Nardello
Binche–Tournai–Binche, Frank Vandenbroucke
Trofeo Laigueglia, Frank Vandenbroucke
Omloop Het Volk, Tom Steels
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Carlo Bomans
De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
Paris–Camembert, Adriano Baffi
Paris–Roubaix, Johan Museeuw
Scheldeprijs, Frank Vandenbroucke
Overall Tour de Romandie, Abraham Olano
Prologue & Stage 5, Abraham Olano
Grand Prix de Wallonie, Franco Ballerini
Binche–Tournai–Binche, Frank Vandenbroucke
 Belgium National Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
Circuito de Getxo, Arsenio Gonzalez
Boucles de l´Aulne, Abraham Olano
GP Ouest France–Plouay, Frank Vandenbroucke
Stage 2 Tour de Pologne, Federico Colonna
Stages 4 & 22 Vuelta a España, Tom Steels
Stages 10 (ITT) & 21 (ITT) Vuelta a España, Toni Rominger
Stage 12 Vuelta a España, Daniele Nardello
Paris–Bruxelles, Andrea Tafi
Subida al Naranco, Francisco Javier Mauleon
World Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
Milano–Torino, Daniele Nardello
Giro di Lombardia, Andrea Tafi
UCI Road World Cup, Johan Museeuw
1997
GP Tell, Oscar Camenzind
Profronde van Almelo, Tom Steels
Four Days of Dunkirk, Johan Museeuw
Nacht van Peer, Johan Museeuw
Criterium Aalst, Frank Vandenbroucke
Criterium d´Abruzzo, Daniele Nardello
Overall Tour de Luxembourg, Frank Vandenbroucke
Overall Volta a Portugal, Zenon Jaskula
Overall Tour of Austria, Daniele Nardello
Gala Tour de France, Johan Museeuw
Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, Johan Museeuw
Stages 1, 2, 4 & 8a Paris–Nice, Tom Steels
De Brabantse Pijl, Gianluca Pianegonda
KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Johan Museeuw
Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Gabriele Missaglia
Stages 3 & 5a Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Stefano Zanini
Overall Tour de Romandie, Pavel Tonkov
Stage 1, Giuseppe di Grande
Stage 4, Pavel Tonkov
Stages 3 (ITT), 5 & 21 Giro d´Italia, Pavel Tonkov
Stage 11 Giro d´Italia, Gabriele Missaglia
Stage 12 Giro d´Italia, Giuseppe Di Grande
Rund um Köln, Frank Vandenbroucke
Giro dell´Appennino, Pavel TonkovPavel Tonkov
Stages 1 & 9 Tour de Suisse, Oscar Camenzind
Stages 1a, 2 & 4 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya,
Stage 7 Tour de Suisse, Tom Steels
 Italy National Road Race championships, Gianni Faresin
  Switzerland National Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
 Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
Trofeo Matteotti, Frank Vandenbroucke
Wincanton Classic, Andrea Tafi
Schaal Sels - Merksem, Tom Steels
Grand Prix de Fourmies, Andrea Tafi
Stages 11, 16 & 17, Vuelta a España, Jan Svorada
Stages 13 & 15, Vuelta a España, Pavel Tonkov
Coppa Sabatini, Andrea Tafi
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, Stefano Zanini
1998
Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Pavel Tonkov
Criterium Bavikhoeve, Andrea Tafi
Overall Tour de Wallonne, Frank Vandenbroucke
Roma Maxima, Andrea Tafi
Criterium Aalst, Tom Steels
Clasica de Ordizia, Frank Vandenbroucke
Overall Tour de Langkawi, Gabriele Missaglia
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, Stefano Zanini
Overall Paris–Nice, Frank Vandenbroucke
Prologue & Stage 4, Frank Vandenbroucke
Stages 2 & 3, Tom Steels
Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico, Jan Svorada
Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Tom Steels
Stage3a KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Stefano Zanini
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
Ronde van Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
Gent–Wevelgem, Frank Vandenbroucke
Paris–Roubaix, Franco Ballerini
Stage 18 Giro d´Italia, Pavel Tonkov
Stages 2, 13, 19 & 22 Tour de France, Tom Steels
Giro dell´Appennino, Pavel Tonkov
Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, Tom Steels
 Belgium National road Race championships, Tom Steels
 Italy National road Race championships, Andrea Tafi
 Czech Republic National road Race championships, Jan Svorada
Stage 3 Tour de France, Jan Svorada
Stage 14 Tour de France, Daniele Nardello
Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Andrea Tafi
Stage 1 Tour de Pologne,
Coppa Agostoni, Andrea Tafi
Stage 12 Vuelta a España, Gianni Bugno
Paris–Bruxelles, Stefano Zanini
Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, Stefano Zanini
Critérium de Oostrozebeke, Tom Steels
World Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte-Kapellen, Wilfried Pieters
Giro di Lombardia, Oscar Camenzind
1999
Criterium Bavikhoeve, Johan Museeuw
Giro della Provincia di Lucca, Paolo Bettini
Overall Tour de Langkawi, Paolo Lanfranchi
Stage 4 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Michele Bartoli
Stage 5a Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Stefano Zanini
Stage 1 Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia, Davide Bramati
Stage 1 Guldensporentweedaagse, Wilfried Pieters
Overall Tirreno–Adriatico, Michele Bartoli
Stage 4, Paolo Bettini
Stage 8 Paris–Nice, Tom Steels
Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Johan Museeuw
Stage 4 Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, Giuliano Figueras
De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
Stage 1 KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Tom Steels
GP de la Ville de Rennes, Max van Heeswijk
Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Giuliano Figueras
Gent–Wevelgem, Tom Steels
Paris–Roubaix, Andrea Tafi
La Flèche Wallonne, Michele Bartoli
Overall Giro di Toscana, Luca Scinto
Stage 1 Tour de Romandie, Giuliano Figueras
Stages 2, 3 & 17 Tour de France, Tom Steels
Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen, Giuliano Figueras
Stage 11 Vuelta a España, Daniele Nardello
Paris–Bourges, Daniele Nardello
Giro del Piemonte, Andrea Tafi
2000
Overall Tour de Wallonie, Axel Merckx
Criterium Aalst, Axel Merckx
Trofeo Manacor, Paolo Bettini
Gran Premio di Chiasso, Giuliano Figueras
Trofeo Palma de Mallorca, Óscar Freire
Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen, Tom Steels
Trofeo Laigueglia, Daniele Nardello
Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta Ciclista Del Sol, Michele Bartoli
Overall Tour du Haut Var, Daniele Nardello
Stage 3 Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana, Óscar Freire
Omloop Het Volk, Johan Museeuw
Stages 1 & 6 Tirreno–Adriatico, Óscar Freire
De Brabantse Pijl, Johan Museeuw
Stage 2 KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Tom Steels
Stage 3 Vuelta al País Vasco, Stefano Zanini
Paris–Roubaix, Johan Museeuw
Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Paolo Bettini
Stage 5 Four Days of Dunkirk, Fred Rodriguez
Stage 4 Tour de Romandie, Andrea Noe
Prologue Tour of Slovenia, Laszlo Bodrogi
Stage 2 Tour of Slovenia, Dario Cioni
Stage 8 Giro d´Italia, Axel Merckx
Stage 19 Giro d´Italia, Paolo Lanfranchi
Stage 2 Tour de Suisse, Fred Rodriguez
Stage 10 Tour de Suisse, Stefano Zanini
 Italy National Road Race championships, Michele Bartoli
 Hungary National Road Race championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
 Belgium National Road Race championships, Axel Merckx
 United States National Road Race championships, Fred Rodriguez
 Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
Stage 2 & 3 Tour de France, Tom Steels
Stage 9 Tour de France, Paolo Bettini
Stage 21 Tour de France, Stefano Zanini
GP Ouest France - Plouay, Michele Bartoli
Stage 5 Ronde van Nederland, Max van Heeswijk
Stages 2 & 4 Vuelta a España, Óscar Freire
Stage 17 Vuelta a España, Davide Bramati
Paris–Bruxelles, Max van Heeswijk
Circuit Franco-Belge, Daniele Nardello
Paris–Tours, Andrea Tafi
2001
Coppa Placci, Paolo Bettini
Volta ao Alentejo, Laszlo Bodrogi
GP de Waregem, Stijn Devolder
Overall Tour de Langkawi, Paolo Lanfranchi
Prologue, Stages 8 & 9, Paolo Lanfranchi
Stages 3 & 11, Paolo Bettini
Tour du Haut Var, Daniele Nardello
Omloop Het Volk, Michele Bartoli
GP Città di Lugano, Luca Paolini
Vlaamse Pijl, Stijn Devolder
Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Stefano Zanini
Stage 5a Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco, Stefano Garzelli
Stage 2 Internationale Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt, Pedro Horrillo
Stage 1 Tour of Slovenia, Stefano Zanini
Stage 7 Giro d´Italia, Stefano Zanini
Stage 1 Deutschland Tour, Tom Steels
Stage 4 Deutschland Tour, Óscar Freire
Stages 1b & 2 Tour of Sweden, Tom Steels
Stage 4 Tour of Sweden, Laszlo Bodrogi
Stage 7 Tour de Suisse, Stefano Garzelli
 Italy National Road Race championships, Daniele Nardello
 Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Michele Bartoli
Stage 2 Tour de l´Ain, Evgeni Petrov
Züri-Metzgete, Paolo Bettini
World Road Race championships, Óscar Freire
2002
Criterium Bavikhoeve, Paolo Bettini
Roma Maxima, Paolo Bettini
Trofeo Manacor, Óscar Freire
Omloop van het Houtland Lichtervelde, Kevin Hulsman
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx, Laszlo Bodrogi
Giro del Piemonte, Luca Paolini
Stage 5 Tour Down Under, Cadel Evans
Stages 1, 2 & 5 Tour de Langkawi, Robbie Hunter
Prologue Paris–Nice, Laszlo Bodrogi
Stage 2 Tirreno–Adriatico, Paolo Bettini
Overall GP Erik Breukink, Fabian Cancellara
Stage 4, Fabian Cancellara
De Brabantse Pijl, Fabian De Waele
Stage 1 KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde, Stefano Zanini
Tour of Flanders, Andrea Tafi
GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
Stage 6 Four Days of Dunkirk, Tom Steels
ZLM Tour, Fabian Cancellara
Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Paolo Bettini
Stages 2 & 5 Giro d´Italia, Stefano Garzelli
Stage 1 Euskal Bizikleta, Pedro Horrillo
Stage 1a Tour of Austria, Fabian Cancellara
Stage 6 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Tom Steels
 Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
 Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
Stage 6 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Tom Steels
Stage 2 Tour de France, Óscar Freire
Stage 1 Tour de Wallonie, Óscar Freire
Stage 2b Rothaus Regio-Tour International, Paolo Bettini
Stage 4a Tour of Denmark, Elio Aggiano
Stage 4b Tour of Denmark, Laszlo Bodrogi
Tre Valli Varesine, Eddy Ratti
Coppa Bernocchi, Daniele Nardello
Stage 5 Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne, Elio Aggiano
Stages 1 & 2 Tour de Pologne, Robbie Hunter
Stage 1 Circuit Franco-Belge, Kevin Hulsmans
  Switzerland National Time Trial championships, Fabian Cancellara
UCI Road World Cup, Paolo Bettini

World and national champions[edit]

1995
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race championships, Abraham Olano
1996
MaillotEspaña.PNG Spain National Road Race championships, Manuel Fernandez
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
Jersey rainbow.svgWorld Road Race championships, Johan Museeuw
1997
MaillotItalia.svg Italy National Road Race championships, Gianni Faresin
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland National Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
1998
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National road Race championships, Tom Steels
MaillotItalia.svg Italy National road Race championships, Andrea Tafi
MaillotRepúblicaCheca.PNG Czech Republic National Road Race championships, Jan Svorada
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race championships, Oscar Camenzind
2000
MaillotItalia.svgItaly National Road Race championships, Michele Bartoli
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Road Race championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Axel Merckx
MaillotUSA.PNG USA National Road Race championships, Fred Rodriguez
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
2001
MaillotItalia.svg Italy National Road Race championships, Daniele Nardello
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
Jersey rainbow.svg World Road Race championships, Óscar Freire
2002
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgium National Road Race championships, Tom Steels
MaillotHungary.png Hungary National Time Trial championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland National Time Trial championships, Fabian Cancellara

UCI Ranking[edit]

Season Rank
1993 21
1994 1
1995 1
1996 1
1997 1
1998 1
1999 1
2000 1
2001 4
2002 1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "96th Paris-Roubaix, World Cup Round 3". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  3. ^ "97th Paris-Roubaix, World Cup Round 3". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Domo-nation". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-14.