Liquigas Pozzato Tour of Spain 2008

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Date of birth: 10/09/1981

From: Sandrigo, Italy

Team: Katusha

Previous teams: Mapei (2000-2002); Fassa Bortolo (2003-2004); Quick Step (2005-2006): Liquigas (2007-2008)

Filippo Pozzato career profile

Pippo Pozzato is the last true Italian playboy of the peloton and makes no bones about living in Monte Carlo and owning a Ferrari sports car.

Many people criticise Pozzato for his hair bands and flowery shoes but also admire his class and ability in the classics.

He is considered one of the most talented riders in Italy after turning professional with Mapei at just 18 but also seems to miss out on major victories and is quick at making excuses when he loses. He was a good cyclo-cross rider as a schoolboy and won a silver medal in the team pursuit at junior world track championships.

Pozzato was part of the Mapei development team between 2000 and 2002 that also included Britain's Charly Wegelius, Australia's Michael Rogers and Swiss raging bull Fabian Cancellara. He moved to Fassa Bortolo in 2003 and won Tirreno-Adriatico at just 21 but crashed out at Milan-San Remo.

He won a stage in the 2004 Tour de France and won the Hamburg Hew Cyclassics race in 2005 before confirming his talent with success at Milan-San Remo in 2006. He attacked on the Poggio climb with close friend but rival Alessandro Ballan and then jumped away alone to hold off the sprinters. Later in the year he also won the rain-soaked stage of the Tour of Britain to Sheffield.

Pozzato suffered from the tense rivalry with Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini at Quick Step and opted to move to Liquigas in 2007. He won Het Volk and a stage of the Tour de France in 2007 but disappointed in the classics in 2008 and suffered under the pressure to perform.

When Liquigas opted to bring in Ivan Basso and focus on the major stage races, Pozzato moved to the new Russian Katusha team for 2009. He lead the team in the classics along with with Belgium's Gert Steegmans, and finished second at Paris- Roubaix, forth at Paris- Tours and fifth at the Tour of Flanders.

2010 saw him win a stage of the Giro, his first victory in his home tour, but he narrowly missed out on bronze at the World Championships Road Race in Australia.

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Filippo Pozzato results


Driedaagse De Panne; stage one

E3 Prijs Vlaanderen

National road race championships

Giro del Veneto

Memorial Cimurri


Giro della Provincia di Grosseto; stage one

Giro della Provincia di Grosseto; overall


Tour du Haut Var

Het Volk

Trofeo Matteotti

Tour de France; stage five

Tour of Poland; stage six

GP Industria & Commercio di Prato


Milan-San Remo

Tour of Britain; stage three


Hamburg HEW Cyclassics

Giro del Lazio

Tour of Germany; stage two

Tour of California; prologue TT


Giro della Liguria

Trofeo Laigueglia

Tour de France; stage seven


Trofeo Laigueglia

Trofeo dell'Etna

Tirreno-Adriatico; overall

Tirreno-Adriatico; stage two

Trofeo Matteotti


Vuelta a Cuba; overall

Vuelta a Cuba: stage 11a

Giro del Lago Maggiore

Tour de Normandie; prologue

Tour de Normandie; stage two

Tour de Normandie; stage three

Tour de Normandie; stage five

Tour du Lac Léman

Tour of Slovenia; stage four

Tour of Slovenia; stage seven

Bohemia Tour; prologue

Tour de l'Avenir; stage one

Tour de l'Avenir; stage five

Duo Normand TT (with Evgeni Petrov)



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