Michael Albasini

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Michael Albasini
Michael Albasini - Österreich-Rundfahrt 2009a (cropped).jpg
Albasini at the 2009 Tour of Austria, a race he would win overall.
Personal information
Full name Michael Albasini
Nickname Alba
Born (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 37)
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current team Mitchelton–Scott
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Amateur team(s)
2000–2002 VC Mendrisio
2001 Fassa Bortolo (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2003–2004 Phonak
2005–2008 Liquigas–Bianchi
2009–2011 Team Columbia–High Road
2012– GreenEDGE
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (2012)
Tour of Austria (2009)
Tour of Britain (2010)
Tour des Fjords (2018)

One-day races and Classics

Tre Valli Varesine (2014)
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton (2011, 2013)

Michael Albasini (born 20 December 1980) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam Mitchelton–Scott.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Albasini began his career in 2003 with Phonak, moved to Liquigas–Bianchi at the beginning of 2005, and signed with Team Columbia–High Road for the 2009 season. Since 2012, Albasini has been riding with the Australian professional cycling team GreenEDGE.[2]

In 2012, Albasini met success at the UCI World Tour race Volta a Catalunya. The six-stage event contained no time trials, and Albasini took the lead by triumphing on the very first stage over Anthony Delaplace from Saur–Sojasun, getting a 42 seconds overall lead.[3] On the very next stage, he was part of a select group of about 20 riders that were led to the line by Bradley Wiggins after a day in the mountains and he outsprinted his rivals, taking his second win in a row.[4] He held on to his advantage on the following hilly stages, winning the overall classification by 1 minute and 30 seconds over second-placed Samuel Sánchez of Euskaltel–Euskadi.[5]

In 2015, Albasini took a prestigious podium placing at the La Flèche Wallonne, coming in third place atop the Mur de Huy behind Alejandro Valverde and Julian Alaphilippe.[6] He later won the second stage of the Tour de Romandie, having the better in the sprint of a group of 49 riders who had survived the climb and descent of the Col de la Vue des Alpes.[7] He repeated the feat the very next day in Porrentruy, winning by a couple of bike lengths over Julian Alaphilippe.[8] He had to abandon the Tour de France on Stage 5, suffering from a broken arm after a crash.[9]

Major results[edit]

1998
1st MaillotSuiza.PNG Road race, National Under–19 Road Championships
2001
4th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
2002
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Road race, UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
7th Giro del Lago Maggiore
2004
5th Züri-Metzgete
9th Paris–Bourges
2005
Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey blackdots.png Sprints classification
1st Stage 5
7th Overall Three Days of De Panne
10th Giro della Romagna
2006
Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey pink.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey blue.svg Sprints classification
3rd Grand Prix de Fourmies
2007
5th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 4
2008
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 3
2nd GP Miguel Indurain
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
6th Tour du Haut Var
7th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
2009
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
9th La Flèche Wallonne
2010
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
10th La Flèche Wallonne
2011
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour of Oman
2012
1st MaillotVolta.png Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
2013
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
2014
1st Tre Valli Varesine
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
6th Giro di Lombardia
7th Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
7th La Flèche Wallonne
2015
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 2 & 3
2nd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
2016
Tour de Romandie
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th La Flèche Wallonne
2017
1st Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 1 Tour de Romandie
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
2nd Vuelta a La Rioja
3rd Amstel Gold Race
4th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
4th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
5th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Tre Valli Varesine
2018
1st MaillotCyan.PNG Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
7th Road race, UEC European Road Championships

Grand Tour results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[10]
Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 87 123
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France 145 115 58 110 86 70 DNF 132 98
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España 122

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orica-GreenEDGE (OGE) – AUS". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Aubrey, Jane (5 September 2011). "Albasini joins GreenEdge in an "easy decision"". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Atkins, Ben (19 March 2012). "Michael Albasini solos to Volta a Catalunya opener". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Albasini wins second straight stage at Catalunya". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Albasini takes win in Catalunya". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Valverde wins La Fleche Wallonne 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tour de Romandie: Albasini wins stage 2". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Spencer Powlison (30 April 2015). "Take two: Albasini wins second Romandie stage, wearing yellow". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Albasini abandons, fractures for heroic Matthews". Cycling Quotes. CyclingQuotes.com 2013. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.procyclingstats.com/rider.php?id=140550&season=2017

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