Popovych at the 2008 Vuelta a España
|Full name||Yaroslav Popovych|
4 January 1980 |
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)|
|Current team||Trek Factory Racing|
|U-23 UCI Road World Championships (2001)|
|Infobox last updated on
5 January 2014
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukrainian: Ярослав Попович, born 4 January 1980) is a Ukrainian cyclist with the UCI ProTour team Trek Factory Racing. He was born in Drohobych, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Under-23 road race champion in 2001, Popovych turned professional in 2002 with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, where he performed particularly strongly in the Giro d'Italia, finishing third in 2003. Upon joining Discovery Channel in 2005, his focus switched to the Tour de France, where he won the young riders' classification in 2005 and won stage 12 in 2006. When Discovery Channel folded at the end of 2007, Popovych moved to Silence-Lotto in 2008 and on to Astana in 2009. Popovych also raced for Team RadioShack in 2010 and 2011.
He was considered one of the most promising cyclists while riding in junior and under-23 races after catching 35 victories in 2000 and 2001. He won the Under-23 Men's road race in the 2001 UCI Road World Championships after finishing second the previous year. He also won the Paris–Roubaix edition for under-23 riders and palio del recioto. The Ukrainian turned pro in 2002 by joining the Belgian team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and delivered some strong showings, most notably in the Giro d'Italia where he finished third in 2003 and fifth in 2004, when he wore the pink jersey during three stages.
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
He joined the Discovery Channel in 2005 and he was considered as a possible successor to Lance Armstrong as team leader. In this same year, Popovych took one of his best victory by winning the Volta a Catalunya, which is an important race before the Tour de France. Along with the rest of the Discovery team, he won stage four team time trial in the 2005 Tour and showed his potential by winning the young rider classification of the 2005 Tour de France while helping Lance Armstrong win his seventh Tour de France.
In the 2006 Tour de France, Popovych was considered one of the Discovery Channel team's four leaders, along with José Azevedo, Paolo Savoldelli and George Hincapie. After failing to be among the best for the overall classification in the Pyrenees mountain stages, Popovych won stage 12 by repeatedly attacking his fellow break-away compatriots Alessandro Ballan, Óscar Freire and Christophe Le Mével. During 2006 season he also won stages at the Vuelta a Castilla y León and Tour de Georgia, where he finished third.
Popovych mainly worked as a domestique during 2007 season, aiding Alberto Contador to win Paris–Nice and Tour de France. Early in the season, he won the fifth stage in the 2007 Paris–Nice after attacking 33 kilometers from the finishing line. He was considered as the team leader for 2007 Giro d'Italia, but he withdrew in the twelfth stage after suffering two crashes in the race. In the 2007 Tour de France, he finished eighth while working for Discovery Channel team-mates Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer.
Popovych was recruited as a domestique member of the 2008 Silence Lotto Tour De France team primarily to support lead rider Cadel Evans, but had a rather disappointing year, with only a 3rd place in Paris–Nice to show for. At the end of the year, it was announced he would team up with his former Discover manager Johan Bruyneel again in 2009, joining the new Astana Team.
In 2009, Popovych and Lance Armstrong joined the Kazakh based cycling squad Astana, where many other former Discovery Channel riders and staff are also under contract. Popovych acted as a domestique for Alberto Contador in Paris–Nice, finishing 23rd himself.
Team RadioShack (2010)
In 2010 Popovych followed many former Astana riders to the newly created American based squad Team RadioShack.
In January 2011 Popovych was incriminated in the Floyd Landis doping allegations against Discovery Channel cycling team, after Sports Illustrated magazine reported that in November 2010 his property in Tuscany had been searched by Federal Officials who discovered drug testing documents, medical supplies and performance enhancing drugs as well as evidence of links to controversial Italian physician Michele Ferrari. Later that day Popovych denied the allegations. The 2012 USADA Report later tied him directly to going to training camps set up by Ferrari and performing blood transfusions while a part of the Discovery team. 
- 1st Under-23 World Road Race Championships
- 4th GP Open Campania
- 9th GP Citta di Napoli
- 1st Porec Trophy II
- 1st GP de Genève
- 3rd Porec Trophy III
- 4th Overall Brixia Tour
- 5th Porec Trophy I
- 6th Overall Tour de Wallonie
- 9th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 10th Tre Valli Varesine
- 3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
- 3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
- 5th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
- 6th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
- 7th Giro della Provincia di Lucca
- 9th Giro della Liguria
- 10th Giro dell'Emilia
- 1st Trofeo Androni Giocattoli
- 5th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 8th Overall Regio-Tour
- 9th Overall Tour of Austria
- 10th Firenze–Pistoia
- 1st Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 4th LUK Challenge Chrono Bühl
- 12th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Young rider classification
- 1st Stage 4 (TTT)
- 1st Stage 12 Tour de France
- 1st Stage 2 (ITT) Vuelta a Castilla y León
- 3rd Overall Tour de Georgia
- 1st Stage 2
- 4th GP Ouest-France
- 1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
- 8th Overall Tour de France
- Stage 9 Combativity award
Grand Tour General Classfication results timeline
- "RadioShack-Nissan-Trek announces lineup for 2012". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 5 December 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- "Trek Factory Racing (TFR) – USA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Yaroslav Popovych bio". team.discovery.com. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Interviews – Tour de France 2006 – Johan Bruyneel". letour.fr. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Popovych rides glorious day away". cyclingnews.com. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- "Predictor-Lotto signs Popovych". cyclingnews.com. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2007.
- More RadioShack transfers confirmed
- "Most Popular". CNN. 24 January 2011.
- Hood, Andrew (22 May 2005). "Popovych delivers big win at Cataluyna". Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
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- Yaroslav Popovych at Trap-Friis.dk. Archive copy at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 May 2011)
- Profile from Tour de France 2007