Marco Pinotti

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Marco Pinotti
Marco Pinotti celebrating 2012 giro victory.jpg
Pinotti at the 2012 Giro d'Italia.
Personal information
Full name Marco Pinotti
Nickname L'Ingegnere (The Engineer)
Born (1976-02-25) 25 February 1976 (age 40)
Osio Sotto, Italy
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time Trialist
Professional team(s)
1998 → Polti (stagiaire)
1999–2004 Lampre–Daikin
2005–2006 Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007–2011 T-Mobile Team
2012–2013 BMC Racing Team[1]
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2008, 2012) + 2 TTT (2009, 2011)

Stage races

Tour of Ireland (2008)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships
     (2005, 20072010, 2013)

Marco Pinotti (born 25 February 1976 in Osio Sotto, Lombardy) is an Italian former road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2013.[2] An individual time trial specialist, Pinotti was a six-time Italian Time Trial Champion (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013).


As an amateur he won 28 races before turning professional in 1999 with the Lampre–Daikin team. He won the Grand Prix d'Europa in 1999 together with his teammate Raivis Belohvoščiks and the 5th stage of the 2000 Tour de Pologne.

In 2001 he finished second in stage 15 of the Tour de France behind Belgian Rik Verbrugghe. He had surgery on his ulna in November 2001 and started training again only in February 2002. He returned to competition in April 2002.

The 2003 season brought some victories as he won the 4th stage in the Tour of the Basque Country and the King of the Mountains classification. In the Bici Vasca he crashed and broke his pelvis, forcing recuperation. He has since fully recovered. His speciality is in individual time trials.

Pinotti joined the then newly formed Spanish team Saunier Duval–Prodir team in 2005. He won the Italian National Time Trial Championship in 2005. Pinotti came second to Luca Ascani in the 2007 Italian National time trials[3] but Ascani was found to have tested positive for EPO and Pinotti was awarded the jersey.[4] Pinotti retained the title in 2008.

At the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Pinotti placed second in stage six to Spoleto and took over the leader's pink jersey. He held it for four stages. In 2008, he won the final stage time trial, and again in 2012. In 2009 and 2011, he help his teams win the team time trial. The result in 2011 helped him take over the pink jersey for one day.

In 2008, Pinotti joined team Highroad, which became Columbia HighRoad in 2009 and HTC-Columbia in 2010.

Pinotti joined the BMC Racing Team for 2012 following the disbanding of the HTC–Highroad team.[1] At the end of the year, he released a book, Il Mestiere Del Ciclista Una Vita In Bicicletta (The Cycling Professor).

In October 2013 Pinotti announced that he would retire from racing after competing in the Tour of Beijing and Chrono des Nations, transitioning to a position in the Sports Science division of BMC Racing Team.[2]


1st Stage 5 Tour de Pologne
2nd Duo Normand (with Laszlo Bodrogi)
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country
1st MaillotItalia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotItalia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotItalia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 21 Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st MaillotItalia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 1 TTT Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3 TTT Tour de Romandie
1st MaillotItalia.PNG National Time Trial Championships
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Prologue
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 TTT Giro d'Italia Wore Pink Jersey on Stage 2
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 21 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
6th Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 7 (ITT)
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino
1st Jersey green.svg Sprints classification Tour of the Basque Country
5th Olympic Time Trial
1st MaillotItalia.PNG National Time Trial Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro - - - - - - 48 60 18 65 40 9 WD 41 -
Yellow jersey Tour 113 - 52 WD - - - - - - - - - - -
red jersey Vuelta - - WD - - - - - - - - - - - WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Pinotti competing in the 2012 Olympics time trial in London

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BMC signs Pinotti and Van Garderen". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Barry. "Pinotti to retire at the end of the season". Cycling News. 
  3. ^ "Ascani take TT tricolore". Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Ascani faces suspension for EPO". Retrieved 2008-05-21. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Marco Pinotti at Wikimedia Commons