Historic Overview Danilo Di Luca

Rider

Overall Rank109
NameDanilo DI LUCA
Country
  Italy
Date of birth02-Jan-1976 - Spoltore (Abruzzi)
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Biography

Danilo Di Luca

Danilo Di Luca (born 2 January 1976) is a former Italian professional road racing cyclist, best known for winning the 2007 Giro d'Italia, but also for several positive doping tests, the last of which resulting in a lifetime ban from the sport.

Di Luca is also one of six riders to have won each of the three Ardennes classics; he won the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne in 2005, and Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2007. During his career, Di Luca rode for the Riso Scotti, Cantina Tollo–Acqua e Sapone, Saeco Macchine per Caffè, Liquigas, LPR Brakes–Farnese Vini, Team Katusha, Acqua & Sapone and Vini Fantini–Selle Italia squads.

Di Luca's career was also dogged by numerous infractions, involving three separate suspensions in relation to doping. In 2007, Di Luca was suspended for three months towards the end of the season, for visiting previously banned doctor Carlo Santuccione, which later escalated into the Oil for Drugs case. In 2009, at the Giro d'Italia, Di Luca tested positive on two different occasions for CERA, and was given a backdated – to July 2009 – two-year ban in February 2010, which was later reduced to nine months. His third positive test came just before the 2013 Giro d'Italia, when he tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test. Di Luca expressed surprise at the test results, but he was given a lifetime ban in December 2013.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Amstel Gold Race 2005
Liège - Bastogne - Liège 2007
La Flèche Wallonne 2005
Giro dell'Emilia 2008
Giro di Lombardia 2001
Giro d'Italia 2007
Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2005
Trofeo Laigueglia 2002
Milano - Torino 2007
Tre Valli Varesine 2003
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 2002 (2), 2003 (1)
Giro d'Italia - stages 2000 (1), 2001 (1), 2005 (2), 2007 (2)
Vuelta a España - stages 2002 (1), 2006 (1)
Vuelta al Pais Vasco - stages 2000 (1), 2005 (1)

Seasons

Danilo Di Luca - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1998 Riso Scotti - MG Boys Maglificio - Playbus - Aiwa 0 954
2. 1999 Cantina Tollo - Alexia Alluminio 383 152
3. 2000 Cantina Tollo - Regain 723 72
4. 2001 Cantina Tollo - Acqua & Sapone 1011 49
5. 2002 Saeco - Longoni Sport 1242 26
6. 2003 Saeco 1246 26
7. 2004 Saeco 879 54
8. 2005 Liquigas - Bianchi 2892 1
9. 2006 Liquigas 973 39
10. 2007 Liquigas 2422 2
11. 2008 LPR Brakes - Ballan 835 52
12. 2009 LPR Brakes Farnese Vini 947 39
13. 2011 Katusha Team 397 171
14. 2012 Acqua & Sapone 416 164
15. 2013 Vini Fantini - Selle Italia 139 420
Overall: 14505 109