Tadej Valjavec

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Tadej Valjavec
Tadej Valjavec (Tour de France 2007 - stage 8).jpg
Valjavec at the 2007 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Tadej Valjavec
Born (1977-04-13) April 13, 1977 (age 40)
Kranj, Yugoslavia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2003 Fassa Bortolo
2004–2005 Phonak
2006–2007 Lampre–Fondital
2008–2010 Ag2r–La Mondiale
2011 Manisaspor
2013 Sava
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2003, 2007)

Tadej Valjavec (born April 13, 1977 in Kranj) is a Slovenian former professional road bicycle racer, who last competed for the Sava team. He is well known as a good climber due to his rides on mountain stages in the Giro d'Italia. Although he has achieved relatively few professional wins in his career, he has consistently performed well in the Grand Tours, with three top ten and four further top 20 finishes.

Doping[edit]

On May 4, 2010, Valjavec's name was released as being one of several riders under investigation by the UCI for "irregular blood values".[1] He was provisionally suspended by Ag2r-La Mondiale and pulled from their squad for the impending Giro d'Italia. Team manager Vincent Lavenu stated that should the Slovenian cycling federation sanction him, he would be fired.[2] Valjavec has proclaimed his innocence and claimed an unreported illness is responsible for the values.[3] On July 30, the Slovenian federation officially cleared Valjavec, criticizing the usage of the biological passport in this case stating that it failed to take into account the possible natural reasons for Valjavec's irregular levels. The UCI will likely appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[4]

On April 22, 2011 The Court of Arbitration for Sport set aside the decision to exonerate the athlete from any doping offense and imposed a two-year ban on him starting on 20 January 2011, as well as the disqualification of all his results obtained between 19 April and 30 September 2009.[5]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2000
Member Summer Olympics Road Race
4th Trofeo Laigueglia
2002
1st Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
2003
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG National Cycling Championships Road Race
4th, Overall, Tour de Romandie
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
2004

9th Overall Giro d'Italia

25th Summer Olympics Road Race
2005
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
2007
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta ciclista del Sol
2nd Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st MaillotEslovenia.PNG National Cycling Championships Road Race
4th Overall Paris–Nice
10th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2008
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
10th Overall Tour de France
35th Summer Olympics Road Race
2009
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
2010
9th GP lugano
9th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
2011
2nd Overall Cinturón Ciclista Internacional a Mallorca
2013
5th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
8th Overall Tour de Slovaquie
4th Overall Tour of Slovenia
10th GP Kranj

Tour de France record[edit]

Giro d'Italia record[edit]

  • 2004: 9th overall
  • 2005: 15th overall, 2nd Stage 14 (Queen stage) and 5th Stage 13
  • 2006: 34th overall
  • 2008: 13th Overall, 10th Stage 15 and 9th Stage 20
  • 2009: 8th overall

Vuelta a España record[edit]

  • 2004: 2nd Stage 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCI Confirm Valjavec investigation". Uci.ch. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Ag2r team manager furious with Valjavec". Cyclingnews.com. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  3. ^ "Valijavec Claims Innocence". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Valjavec cleared by Slovenian anti-doping agency". Cyclingnews.com. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived April 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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