Mikel Nieve

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Mikel Nieve
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Nieve at the 2018 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full name Mikel Nieve Iturralde
Nickname Frosty
Born (1984-05-26) 26 May 1984 (age 34)
Leitza, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Team information
Current team Mitchelton–Scott
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2003 Café Baqué–Labarca 2 amateur
2004–2007 Caja Rural amateur
Professional team(s)
2008 Orbea–Oreka SDA
2009–2013 Euskaltel–Euskadi
2014–2017 Team Sky[1]
2018– Mitchelton–Scott
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
Mountains classification (2016)
3 individual stages (2011, 2016, 2018)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2010)

Mikel Nieve Iturralde (born 26 May 1984) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam Mitchelton–Scott.[2]

Career[edit]

Euskaltel–Euskadi (2009–2013)[edit]

Nieve at the 2013 Tour de France

Born in Leitza, Nieve won the sixteenth stage of the 2010 Vuelta a España, shaking off four riders to win solo in the mountain finish at the Alto de Cotobello.[3] He earned another prestigious victory in the fifteenth stage of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, the queen stage of that year's edition, which Alberto Contador later described as the most difficult stage of his life.[4] Nieve had broken away early, and crested the penultimate climb of the day, the Passo Fedaia, with only Stefano Garzelli in front of him. On the lower slope of the final climb to Gardeccia-Val di Fassa, Nieve passed Garzelli, and held on to win the stage after having spent a little less than 7 hours and a half in the saddle.[5]

He finished 10th twice in the Giro d'Italia in 2011 and 2012. He also finished 10th twice in the Vuelta a España in 2010 and 2011.

In 2013,[6] Nieve rode his first Tour de France, where he finished 3rd on Mont Ventoux and 9th on Alpe d'Huez. He ended up finishing 12th overall. After the disbanding of the Euskaltel–Euskadi team was confirmed at the end of the 2013 season, Nieve agreed to join Team Sky on an initial two-year deal.[1]

Team Sky (2014–2017)[edit]

Nieve at the 2017 Paris–Nice

In 2014, he won stage 8, the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné as well as finishing 8th overall.

In 2015, Nieve finished 8th overall in the Vuelta a España, his highest Grand Tour finish to date.

In 2016, Nieve won stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia. He also went on to win the mountains classification.[7] Nieve also rode the Tour de France, where he helped Chris Froome take overall victory as one of his mountain domestiques.

Mitchelton–Scott (2018)[edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that Nieve would join Mitchelton–Scott for the 2018 season.[2]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2008
3rd Overall Cinturó de l'Empordà
2009
7th Overall Vuelta a Mallorca
7th Trofeo Inca
2010
4th Trofeo Inca
7th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 16
2011
8th Gran Premio de Llodio
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 15
10th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2012
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
2013
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
2014
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 8
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 18 Tour de France
2015
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
6th Giro di Lombardia
8th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
2016
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey blue.svg Mountains classification
1st Stage 13
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2017
8th Giro di Lombardia
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
2018
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 10 10 17 25 17
A yellow jersey Tour de France 12 18 17 14 23
A red jersey Vuelta a España 10 10 23 12 8 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Gregor (1 October 2013). "Sky rescues Nieve while other Euskaltel riders search for jobs". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mikel Nieve leaves Team Sky for Orica-Scott". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Vuelta a España 2010: Mikel Nieve wins stage 16 while Joaquín Rodríguez takes overall lead". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ha sido la etapa más dura de mi vida". El Pais. May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pelkey, Charles (22 May 2011). "As Mikel Nieve wins stage at Giro d'Italia, Alberto Contador just keeps adding to his lead". Velo News. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Basque Country's Euskaltel present UCI World Tour team". EITB. EiTB Group. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. The Basque backbone remains with Samuel Sanchez, Igor Anton, Ion Izagirre, Mikel Landa, Gorka Izagirre, Pello Bilbao, Mikel Astarloza and Mikel Nieve. 
  7. ^ "Nieve saves Team Sky's Giro d'Italia with mountains classification victory - Cyclingnews.com". 

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