Tiralongo at the 2011 Tour de Romandie
|Full name||Paolo Tiralongo|
|Nickname||L'Ape di Avola (The Bee from Avola)|
|Born||8 July 1977|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
|Rider type||Climbing specialist|
Paolo Tiralongo (born 8 July 1977) is an Italian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2000 and 2017 for the Fassa Bortolo, Ceramica Panaria–Navigare, Lampre–NGC and Astana teams.
In 2009, while riding for Lampre–NGC, Tiralongo registered his best final result on a Grand Tour, finishing the Vuelta a España in eighth position after riding consistently in the mountain stages. He conceded a little over 9 minutes to the victor, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde of Caisse d'Epargne. He joined Astana for the 2010 season, on a 2-year contract. In 2011, Tiralongo took a notable victory on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, a summit finish to Macugnaga. He attacked in the final kilometers and went clear of the lead group, but was joined by Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank–SunGard) in the final few meters. He came first on the line, taking his first victory in more than ten years.
In 2012, he won another stage in the Giro d'Italia, stage 7, which was a hilltop finish atop Rocca di Cambio. With 500 meters to go, Tiralongo followed an attack initiated by Michele Scarponi of Lampre–ISD and he passed Scarponi inside of the final 100 meters. He lay on the ground afterward, out of breath.
On 24 April 2015, Tiralongo collected his first victory of the season in the final stage of the Giro del Trentino. He passed the last climb (Passo Predaia) with a small leading group and won the sprint after the descent. On 17 May, he won Stage 9 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia.
- 1st Overall Triptyque Ardennaise
- 2nd Trofeo dello Scalatore III
- 3rd Overall Tour of Austria
- 6th Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
- 8th Giro Provincia di Siracusa - Trofeo Arancia Rossa
- 9th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
- 10th Trofeo dello Scalatore I
- 2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
- 6th Overall Brixia Tour
- 8th Coppa Agostoni
- 10th Trofeo Pantalica
- 8th Overall Settimana Coppi e Bartali
- 10th Overall Giro del Trentino
- 1st Mountains classification Tour Down Under
- 2nd Trofeo Melinda
- 2nd GP Citta di Rio Saliceto e Correggio
- 2nd Overall Brixia Tour
- 5th Giro del Medio Brenta
- 7th Tre Valli Varesine
- 7th Giro della Romagna
- 8th Giro del Veneto
- 3rd Milano–Torino
- 3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
- 6th Gran Premio Fred Mengoni
- 6th Overall Settimana Coppi e Bartali
- 8th Giro d'Oro
- 6th Klasika Primavera
- 8th Overall Vuelta a España
- 10th Giro dell'Emilia
- 1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
- 1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino
- 1st Stage 9 Giro d'Italia
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
|Tour de France||—||—||—||—||—||—||69||—||46||—||53||DNF||—||—||—||—||74||—|
|Vuelta a España||96||—||43||—||—||—||—||DNF||27||8||—||—||38||51||33||DNF||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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