|Full name||Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea|
11 October 1975 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
|2011||De Rosa–Ceramica Flaminia|
|Paris–Nice – 1 stage (2006)|
Francisco Javier "Patxi" Vila Errandonea (born 11 October 1975 in Hondarribia, Basque Country) is a Spanish Basque former professional road bicycle racer who rides for the UCI Professional Continental team Utensilnord. He was formerly with UCI ProTeam Lampre, before being banned for 18 months after testing positive for the use of testosterone.
Vila's most notable victory came in stage 3 of the 2006 Paris–Nice where he snatched onto the wheel of Floyd Landis as he escaped on the Col de Croix de Chaubouret. The duo amassed a lead of over a minute on their nearest contenders and Vila swept past Landis to take the stage. This performance catapulted him to second overall on the general classification, 9 seconds behind Floyd Landis. He finished the race in Nice still 9 seconds behind winner Floyd Landis and 56 seconds ahead of Antonio Colom.
- 2006 Paris–Nice – 1 stage
- Official website
- Profile at Lampre-Fondital official website
- Patxi Vila at Trap-Friis.dk. Archive copy at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 May 2011)
- VeloNews biography
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