Richeze at the 2016 Tour of Britain.
|Full name||Ariel Maximiliano Richeze|
7 March 1983 |
Bella Vista, Argentina
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Current team||Quick-Step Floors|
|2011–2012||D'Angelo & Antenucci–Nippo|
Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (born 7 March 1983 in Bella Vista) is an Argentine professional cyclist who rides for Quick-Step Floors. Maximiliano won the silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games (Men's Team Pursuit).
In his first season as a professional racer, he obtained the second position in the last stage of the 2006 Giro d'Italia, finishing some centimetres behind Robert Förster. He is considered to be the Argentine cyclist to obtain the best result in any of the three main cycling tours (the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España), since nationalized Lucien Petit-Breton raced for France, Argentina-born Juan Antonio Flecha raced for Spain, and Alejandro Borrajo only achieved a third place, also at the Giro.
In the 2007 Giro d'Italia Richeze placed 3rd on Stage 3 and 2nd on Stage 18 and 21, all of which were won by Alessandro Petacchi. But after the disqualification of Petacchi in May 2008 for doping, Richeze was declared the winner of stages 18 and 21 of that Giro.
Among his other achievements are the first position of Stage 1 and other second positions in the 2006 Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, and the 2005 Trofeo Arvedi of the Circuito del Porto in Portugal. Also in 2005 he won the Panamerican under-23 Championship, and in 2003 he became the Argentine under-23 champion.
In October 2015, after spending 11 seasons riding professionally for Italian teams, Belgian squad Etixx–Quick-Step announced that Richeze would join them from 2016 on a two-year contract, with a role as a lead-out man for Marcel Kittel and Fernando Gaviria. After four years without a victory he won the fourth stage at the 2016 Tour de Suisse and also won the points classification for his new team.
Before the start of the 2008 Giro d'Italia Richeze tested positive for a steroid named stanozolol which resulted in his expulsion from the race. Despite being initially cleared by the Argentine Cycling Federation he was banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for two years.
- 1st Kilo, National Track Championships
- 2nd Overall Clásica del Oeste-Doble Bragado
- 1st Stage 6
- 1st Stage 2 Clásica del Oeste-Doble Bragado
- 1st Stage 2a Vuelta Ciclista Lider al Sur
- 1st Road race, Pan American Under–23 Road Championships
- 2nd Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
- 1st Stage 9 Vuelta a San Juan
- 1st Stages 1 & 6b Clásica del Oeste-Doble Bragado
- 1st Stage 2 Giro del Veneto
- 2nd Piccola Coppa Agostoni
- 1st Stage 1 Tour de Langkawi
- Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stages 18 & 21
- 1st Stage 4 Vuelta a San Juan
- 1st Stage 2 Tour de Langkawi
- 1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino
- 1st Stage 1 Tour de Luxembourg
- 1st Stage 2 Tour de San Luis
- 1st Stage 7 Tour of Turkey
- 1st Prologue Tour de Kumano
- 1st Road race, Pan American Road Championships
- 1st Overall Tour de Hokkaido
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stages 2 & 3
- Vuelta a Venezuela
- 1st Points classification
- 1st Stages 1, 7, 8 & 10
- 1st Stages 1, 5 & 6 Tour de Serbie
- 1st Stage 1 Tour of Japan
- Tour de Suisse
- 1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de San Luis
- 2nd Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
- 3rd GP Impanis-Van Petegem
- Vuelta a San Juan
- 1st Stages 6 & 7
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
|Tour de France||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||144|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||141||138||152||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
- Maximiliano Richeze profile at Cycling Archives