Historic Overview Michele Scarponi


Overall Rank205
NameMichele SCARPONI
Date of birth25-Sep-1979 - Jesi (Marche)
Date of death22-Apr-2017 - Filottrano (Marche)
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Michele Scarponi

Michele Scarponi (25 September 1979 – 22 April 2017) was an Italian road bicycle racer, who rode professionally from 2002 until his death in 2017 for the Acqua e Sapone–Cantina Tollo, Domina Vacanze–Elitron, Würth, Acqua & Sapone–Caffè Mokambo, Androni Giocattoli, Lampre–Merida and Astana teams. During his career, Scarponi took 21 professional victories.

Scarponi started cycling at the age of eight with a local team in the Marche region, spending almost a decade with them which culminated in him becoming the winner of the Italian National Road Race Championships for juniors in 1997. He then spent four years at the amateur level with Zalf–Euromobil–Fior (1998–2000) and Site–Frezza (2001) before turning professional in 2002 with Acqua e Sapone–Cantina Tollo. For the next decade, Scarponi rode mainly for Italian teams except for his two-year spell with Spanish team Liberty Seguros–Würth in 2005 and 2006, where he was used as a domestique during Roberto Heras' 2005 Vuelta a España success.

Having returned to the peloton after a doping ban, Scarponi took his first major victories in 2009 with Diquigiovanni–Androni: he won a stage and the general classification at Tirreno–Adriatico and took two stage victories – both from breakaways – at the Giro d'Italia, where he had been deployed as a domestique for Gilberto Simoni's overall challenge. He led the Androni Giocattoli team at a Grand Tour for the first time at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, where he finished in fourth overall and won a stage for the second successive year.

He then spent three years with the Lampre–ISD team between 2011 and 2013; in his first season, he won the Giro del Trentino and initially finished in second place to Alberto Contador at both the Volta a Catalunya and the Giro d'Italia. Contador was later stripped of those results in February 2012, after a positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France – as a consqeuence, Scarponi was promoted to both victories, and he also assumed the victory in the points classification of the Giro d'Italia. He took two further fourth-place overall finishes at the Giro d'Italia in 2012 (losing a podium finish during the final stage individual time trial) and 2013, but no further stage wins. Scarponi joined the Astana team in 2014, initially serving as a team leader for that year's Giro d'Italia, before often serving in a domestique role for the remainder of his career, in support of his compatriots Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru. In his final professional race, the 2017 Tour of the Alps, Scarponi took his first individual victory for three-and-a-half years.

During his professional career, Scarponi also served two suspensions in relation to doping. In 2006, Scarponi was implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case that was progressed by the Guardia Civil in relation to Eufemiano Fuentes, who was Scarponi's team doctor when he was riding for Liberty Seguros–Würth in 2005 and 2006. He admitted to his involvement in May 2007, following meetings with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and was suspended from racing until August 2008. Towards the end of 2012, Scarponi served a further three-month ban after his admission to performing medical tests with Michele Ferrari, an Italian doctor whose name has been linked to numerous cases of doping in cycling – and who had been given a lifetime ban from the sport earlier in the year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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Major Victories

Giro d'Italia 2011
Tirreno - Adriatico 2009
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2011
Giro del Trentino 2011
Wyścig Pokoju / Závod Míru / Friedensfahrt 2004
Giro d'Italia - stages 2009 (2), 2010 (1)
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 2011 (1)
Giro del Trentino - stages 2017 (1)
Wyścig Pokoju / Závod Míru / Friedensfahrt - stages 2004 (1)
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Michele Scarponi - Scores by Season

Year Team Score Rank
1. 2001 Individual
51 688
2. 2002 Acqua & Sapone - Cantina Tollo
245 290
3. 2003 Domina Vacanze - Elitron
1020 45
4. 2004 Domina Vacanze
815 71
5. 2005 Liberty Seguros - Würth Team
475 136
6. 2006 Astana - Würth Team
97 524
7. 2007 Acqua Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
219 280
8. 2008 Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli
25 1022
9. 2009 Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli
889 53
10. 2010 Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni
1389 22
11. 2011 Lampre - ISD
2059 7
12. 2012 Lampre - ISD
1339 25
13. 2013 Lampre - Merida
1635 19
14. 2014 Astana Pro Team
482 190
15. 2015 Astana Pro Team
867 80
16. 2016 Astana Pro Team
651 110
17. 2017 Astana Pro Team
167 465
Overall: 12425 205