Filippo Pozzato

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Filippo Pozzato
Pozzato RVV 2009.jpg
Pozzato at the 2009 Tour of Flanders
Personal information
Full nameFilippo Pozzato
Born(1981-09-10) 10 September 1981 (age 32)
Sandrigo, Italy
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current teamLampre-Merida
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2002
2003–2004
2005–2006
2007–2008
2009–2011
2012
2013–
Mapei-Quick Step
Fassa Bortolo
Quick Step-Innergetic
Liquigas
Team Katusha
Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
Lampre-Merida
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2004, 2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2010)
Vuelta a España
1 Team Time Trial (2008)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2003)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2009)
Milan – San Remo (2006)
HEW Cyclassics (2005)
GP Ouest-France (2013)
E3 Harelbeke (2009)
Omloop "Het Volk" (2007)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014
 
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Filippo Pozzato
Pozzato RVV 2009.jpg
Pozzato at the 2009 Tour of Flanders
Personal information
Full nameFilippo Pozzato
Born(1981-09-10) 10 September 1981 (age 32)
Sandrigo, Italy
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current teamLampre-Merida
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2002
2003–2004
2005–2006
2007–2008
2009–2011
2012
2013–
Mapei-Quick Step
Fassa Bortolo
Quick Step-Innergetic
Liquigas
Team Katusha
Farnese Vini-Selle Italia
Lampre-Merida
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2004, 2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2010)
Vuelta a España
1 Team Time Trial (2008)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2003)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2009)
Milan – San Remo (2006)
HEW Cyclassics (2005)
GP Ouest-France (2013)
E3 Harelbeke (2009)
Omloop "Het Volk" (2007)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014

Filippo "Pippo" Pozzato (born 10 September 1981) is an Italian road racing cyclist with UCI World Tour team Lampre-Merida.[1]

Pozzato has emerged as a threat in the northern cycling classics, finishing 13th (2006), 14th (2007), 6th (2008) and 2nd (2012) at the Tour of Flanders. His best finish at the Paris–Roubaix was 2nd in 2009. (He also delivered a respectable 15th in 2006). At the Gent–Wevelgem Pozzato finished 13th (2008) and 4th (2006). In the Omloop Het Volk he finished 6th (2003) and 1st (2007).

Career[edit]

Mapei-Quick Step[edit]

Born in Sandrigo, Veneto, Pozzato turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei-Quick Step cycling team, part of the famous classe di '81 a group of emerging young riders born in 1981 who were part of the Mapei TT3 development team. Other alumni include Fabian Cancellara and Bernhard Eisel, and Eastern Europeans Kolobnev and Gryschenko.

Fassa Bortolo[edit]

After Mapei ended its sponsorship in 2002 Pozzato joined Giancarlo Ferretti's Fassa Bortolo cycling team. Despite his win of Tirreno–Adriatico in 2003 and a stage win in the 2004 Tour de France, personality clashes with Ferretti meant that Pozzato suffered poor years with Fassa Bortolo in 2002–2004. During this period he was injured for some time and had to work for star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi at other times.

During the 2004 season he was chosen to be part of the Italian 2004 Olympics team in support of team leader Paolo Bettini who went on to win the event.

Quick Step-Innergetic[edit]

He re-established contact with several managers and directeurs sportif of Quick Step-Innergetic. The Quick Step-Innergetic team expressed interest and Pozzato was able to obtain a release for the 2005 ProTour season, joining several former Mapei riders already on the team, such as Paolo Bettini and Davide Bramati.

The 2005 ProTour season went better for Pozzato, with a win in the HEW Cyclassics in front of teammate Luca Paolini.

The 2006 season saw him win the first major classic of the year Milan – San Remo after a superb ride which saw him first work for team leader Tom Boonen, but then was forced to launch his own winning attack in the finale.

Liquigas[edit]

For the 2007 season, Pozzato joined the Liquigas squad, and began his season in style, winning the Tour du Haut Var the Omloop Het Volk and Stage 5 of the Tour de France.

Team Katusha[edit]

In 2009 he won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen. His results show experience, comfort, and power on the cobblestones and on the Belgian hills ("hellingen"). In aftermath of his 2nd place in the 2009 Paris–Roubaix, Pozzato claimed that when avoiding a crash of Thor Hushovd he lost 4 or 5 seconds and the chance for victory. He also suggested that Boonen benefited from the slipstream of official motorcycles to augment his lead.[2]

In 2010 he has been accused by several riders, including Bjorn Leukemans, Boonen and Philippe Gilbert for his "negative tactics" during key races. This resulted in the nickname "The Shadow".[3]

Lampre-Merida[edit]

In 2013, Pozzato earned his first victory of the year in the Trofeo Laigueglia, held in Liguria, Italy on mainly narrow, twisting and turning roads. His team Lampre-Merida reeled in the breakaway and controlled the front of the leading group when Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) attacked with 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to cover, with Pozzato jumping in his slipstream. The sprint was contested by 4 riders, Pozzato getting the best of them. This marked Pozzato's third win in the event, a record in the race's history.[4] In September, he raced the GP Ouest-France and despite not being a top favourite, he won the race, becoming just the fifth Italian to do that.

Palmarès[edit]

1998
2nd Silver medal blank.svg World Junior Road Race Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg World Junior Team Pursuit Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Junior Time Trial Championships
1999
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Junior Team Pursuit Championships
2002
1st Overall Vuelta a Cuba
1st Stage 11a
1st Giro del Lago Maggiore "GP Knorr"
1st Prologue, Stages 2, 3 & 5 Tour de Normandie
1st Tour du Lac Léman
1st Stages 4 & 7 Tour de Slovénie
1st Prologue Ytong Bohemia Tour
1st Stages 1 & 5 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Duo Normand (with Evgeni Petrov)
2003
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Trofeo dell'Etna
1st Trofeo Matteotti
2004
1st Giro della Liguria
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
2005
1st HEW Cyclassics
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Stage 2 Deutschland-Tour
2006
1st Milan – San Remo
1st Stage 3 Tour of Britain
2007
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Tour du Haut Var
1st Omloop "Het Volk"
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Stage 6 Tour de Pologne
1st GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2008
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
1st Overall Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st Stage 1
2nd Milan – San Remo
6th Tour of Flanders
2009
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Road Race Championships
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Memorial Cimurri
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
4th Paris–Tours
5th Tour of Flanders
2010
1st Stage 12 Giro d'Italia
4th UCI World Road Race Championships
7th Paris–Roubaix
2011
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
5th Milan – San Remo
2012
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2nd Tour of Flanders
6th Milan – San Remo
2013
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st GP Ouest-France
2nd Roma Maxima
3rd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Pink jersey Giro-84---WD45-WD120
Yellow jersey Tour116-133WD67100----
red jersey Vuelta----WD-WD---

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alessandro Petacchi
Winner of Milan – San Remo
2006
Succeeded by
Óscar Freire