Historic Overview Danilo Di Luca

Rider

Overall Rank112
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.

Danilo Di Luca wrote his autobiography Bestie da Vittoria, which means "Beasts for victories". Such book is also a denunciation of the use of doping substances among cyclists and the use of anti-doping controls as a way to manipulate competition results.

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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
Tre Valli Varesine 2003
Milano - Torino 2007
Giro del Veneto 2002
Coppa Placci 2003
Trofeo Pantalica 2000
G.P. Industria e Artigianato 2000
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)
Vuelta a Valencia - stages 2002 (1)
Vuelta a Murcia - stages 2004 (1)
More results

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 390 152
3. 2000 Cantina Tollo - Regain 737 72
4. 2001 Cantina Tollo - Acqua e Sapone 1030 49
5. 2002 Saeco - Longoni Sport 1263 26
6. 2003 Saeco 1268 26
7. 2004 Saeco 898 54
8. 2005 Liquigas - Bianchi 2955 1
9. 2006 Liquigas 1001 39
10. 2007 Liquigas 2493 2
11. 2008 LPR Brakes - Ballan 859 52
12. 2009 LPR Brakes Farnese Vini 975 39
13. 2011 Katusha Team 407 171
14. 2012 Acqua & Sapone 419 164
15. 2013 Vini Fantini - Selle Italia 137 420
Overall: 14832 112