Maximiliano Richeze

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Maximiliano Richeze
Maximiliano Richeze.jpg
Richeze at the 2016 Tour of Britain.
Personal information
Full name Ariel Maximiliano Richeze
Born (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 34)
Bella Vista, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Quick-Step Floors
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
2006–2009 Ceramica Panaria–Navigare
2011–2012 D'Angelo & Antenucci–Nippo
2013–2015 Lampre–Merida
2016– Etixx–Quick-Step

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.[1] 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.[2]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

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 Gold medal blank.svg 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 Gold medal blank.svg Road race, Pan American Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg 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 Jersey black.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
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[edit]

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 138 92
A yellow jersey Tour de France 144
A red jersey Vuelta a España 141 138 152
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Etixx-QuickStep sign Richeze to lead out Kittel". 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ CQ Ranking

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