Paolo Tiralongo

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Paolo Tiralongo
Tour de Romandie 2011 - Prologue - Paolo Tiralongo.jpg
Tiralongo at the 2011 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full name Paolo Tiralongo
Nickname L'Ape di Avola (The Bee from Avola)
Born (1977-07-08) 8 July 1977 (age 38)
Avola, Italy
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2002 Fassa Bortolo
2003–2005 Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
2006–2009 Lampre-Fondital
2010– Astana
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2011, 2012, 2015)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2013)
Infobox last updated on
4 January 2015

Paolo Tiralongo (born 8 July 1977) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTour team Astana.

Career[edit]

In 2009, while riding for Lampre-NGC, Tiralongo registered his best final result on a Grand Tour, finishing the Vuelta a Espana 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.[1] He joined Astana for the 2010 season, on a 2-year contract.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

On April 24, 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.[5] On May 17, he won Stage 9 of the 2015 Giro d'Italia.

Palmares[edit]

1999
1st Overall Triptyque Ardennaise
2001
2nd Trofeo dello Scalatore III
3rd Overall Österreich-Rundfahrt
6th GP Costa degli Etruschi
8th Giro Provincia di Siracusa - Trofeo Arancia Rossa
9th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
10th Trofeo dello Scalatore I
2002
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
6th Overall Brixia Tour
8th Coppa Agostoni
10th Trofeo Pantalica
2003
8th Overall Settimana Coppi e Bartali
10th Overall Giro del Trentino
2004
1st Tour Down Under Mountains Classification
2nd Trofeo Melinda
2nd GP Citta di Rio Saliceto e Correggio
2nd Overall Brixia Tour
5th Giro Medio Brenta
7th Tre Valli Varesine
7th Giro della Romagna
8th Giro del Veneto
2005
3rd Milano–Torino
3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
6th GP Fred Mengoni
6th Overall Settimana Coppi e Bartali
8th Giro d'Oro
2008
6th Klasika Primavera
2009
8th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Giro dell'Emilia
2011
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
2012
1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia
2013
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2015
1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 9 Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro WD 32 15 26 37 WD 18 23 99 45 19
Yellow jersey Tour 69 46 53 WD
red jersey Vuelta 96 43 WD 27 8 38 51 33

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 Vuelta a Espana Stage 21/Final results". Bike World News (Disqus). 20 September 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "2009 Tiralongo signs for Astana - Cyclingnews.com". Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  3. ^ Simon MacMichael (27 May 2011). "Giro d'Italia Stage 19: Astana's Tiralongo takes maiden win after 12 years as a pro". RoadCC (Farrelly Atkinson Ltd). Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (12 May 2012). "Giro d'Italia: Tiralongo wins into Rocca di Cambio". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Kirsten Frattini (24 April 2015). "Richie Porte seals Giro del Trentino overall win". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 25 April 2015. 

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