Mikel Astarloza

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Astarloza and the second or maternal family name is Chaurreau.
Mikel Astarloza
Astarloza at the 2007 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full name Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau
Born (1979-11-17) 17 November 1979 (age 37)
Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2002–2006 AG2R Prévoyance
2007–2009 Euskaltel–Euskadi
2011–2013 Euskaltel–Euskadi
Major wins
Tour Down Under (2003)

Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (born 17 November 1979 in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country) is a Basque former professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 2002 and 2009, and 2011 to 2013.[1]


In 2003 he won his first race, when he finished just in front of Lennie Kristensen in the overall rankings of the Tour Down Under. He has taken part in all editions of the Tour de France since 2003, and won stage 16 of the 2009 Tour to record his second professional stage win in any competition (for the Euskaltel team), with his 9th position overall in 2007 as his next best attempt. His cousin Íñigo Chaurreau is also a professional cyclist.

On 26 June 2009 he tested positive on Recombinant Erythropoietin (EPO), for which he was suspended by the UCI on 31 July 2009.[2] Astarloza denied using EPO, saying that it was "sporting suicide" to use illegal performance-enhancing drugs.[3] On 15 May 2010, he was formally handed a two-year ban by the Spanish Cycling Federation. Astarloza continually claimed his innocence, and Euskaltel-Euskadi stated that they would rehire him once the ban ended.[4] He indeed rejoined the Basque team in August 2011, at the Vuelta a Burgos.[5]

Astarloza was selected to ride the 2012 Tour de France, but crashed on a big pile-up in stage 6 with 25 km (16 mi) remaining with a fractured right elbow and did not finish the stage.[6]

On 1 October 2013 Astarloza announced that he would retire from professional cycling after the 2013 Tour of Beijing.[1]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st overall, Tour Down Under
3rd National Time Trial Championships
7th, Bayern-Rundfahrt
10th overall, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
7th overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
9th overall, Tour de France
4th overall, Vuelta a Andalucía
4th, Klasika Primavera
6th overall, Vuelta al Pais Vasco
5th overall, Tour de Romandie
7th overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
4th, Klasika Primavera

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France 29 62 27 35 9 16 11 DNF 42
A red jersey Vuelta a España 77 DNF 56 28 48
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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