Olivier Asmaker

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Olivier Asmaker
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Asmaker's solo win on the amateur Grand Prix of Vougy 2004
Personal information
Born (1973-03-13) 13 March 1973 (age 44)
Savigny-sur-Orge, France
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
1995–1997 US Montauban
2003–2005 US Montauban
Professional team(s)
1997–1999 TVM–Farm Frites
2000 Festina
2001–2002 CSC–Tiscali
Major wins
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Picardie (2001), 1 stage

Olivier Asmaker is a former French racing cyclist, born in Savigny-sur-Orge near Paris, on 13 March 1973. But he spent his childhood in Rodez.

A brilliant amateur rider who won the 1997 Coupe de France Amateurs with his team of Montauban, he began cycling as professional on 1 September 1997 in the Belgian team TVM–Farm Frites. Three seasons of training followed from there, during which Olivier Asmaker took part in the greatest races: Tour of Flanders, Giro d'Italia or Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. Its best results during these years are rather modest: a fifth place in a Grand Prix du Midi Libre's stage and a fourteenth place on Grand Prix de Wallonie.

At the end of its contract at the end of the 2000 season, Laurent Jalabert held one hand to Olivier by helping him to join the new Danish team CSC-Tiscali. 2001 will be the summit of its career. He took part in a high number of races from the Tour Down Under in Australia in January to Paris–Tours, in October.

On 18 May 2001, Olivier Asmaker was escaped in company of well known riders, such as David Millar, Sylvain Chavanel, Robbie McEwen, Baden Cooke or Inigo Landaluze, in the first stage of the Tour de Picardie. It was the good escape of the day. Asmaker attacked in the last kilometre and won into Fort Mahon, in the Somme department. He took the leader jersey and kept it until the end of the race, in spite of the unceasing attacks of David Millar.

CSC-Tiscali obtained an invitation for the Tour de France thanks to that performance notably. But in a short descent of stage 1 of the Grand Prix du Midi Libre, at home, he fell and broke his collarbone. No Tour de France for Asmaker.

In 2002, he raced a lot with his friend Laurent Jalabert. On April, he missed only just a second victory on the Tour de Picardie by finishing third. He was not selected to ride the Tour de France, and was very deceived.

He raced his last race as professional in Paris–Tours 2002 and made a 150 kilometres escape with his team mate Jakob Piil, who won the race ahead of Jacky Durand.

At the end of the season, the contract of Asmaker wasn't renewed. Asmaker sought a team hopelessly, in vain. Its professional adventure will stop there. In 2003, he returned in the amateurs category, in the US Montauban team. First race, first victory by winning the GP de Montastruc ahead of the best riders of the Pyrenees region. The following year, he won the GP of Vougy in solo and first stage of the Tour des Deux-Sèvres.

At the end of the 2005 season, he stopped its career to devote himself to his future job as a policeman near Toulouse.

Wins[edit]

Results on the Giro d'Italia[edit]

  • 1999 : OOT on stage 19

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