Historic Overview Paolo Savoldelli

Rider

Overall Rank233
NamePaolo SAVOLDELLI
Country
  Italy
Date of birth07-May-1973 - Clusone (Lombardia)
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Paolo Savoldelli - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1996 Roslotto 335 146
2. 1997 Roslotto - ZG Mobili 608 76
3. 1998 Saeco Macchine per Caffé 844 48
4. 1999 Saeco - Cannondale 1537 12
5. 2000 Saeco - Valli & Valli 870 52
6. 2001 Saeco 893 56
7. 2002 Index - Alexia Alluminio 1359 19
8. 2003 Team Telekom 93 505
9. 2004 T-Mobile Team 64 596
10. 2005 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1533 12
11. 2006 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 817 47
12. 2007 Astana 625 72
13. 2008 LPR Brakes - Ballan 317 209
Overall: 9895 233

Biography

Paolo Savoldelli (born 7 May 1973 in Clusone, province of Bergamo) is an Italian former road racing cyclist and winner of the 2002 and 2005 Giro d'Italia.

Savoldelli was a climber but known for his fast downhill riding. He is nicknamed Il Falco ("the falcon"). His downhill skills won him the 2005 Giro. His descent of the Colle delle Finestre before the final ascent to Sestriere in the penultimate stage, closed a gap to Gilberto Simoni, preserving his lead and giving him the win.

On 20 July 2005, Savoldelli won the 17th stage of the Tour de France. He led Astana in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, but worked for teammate Eddy Mazzoleni.

Savoldelli retired from competitive professional cycling at the end of the 2008 season. He did not leave the cycling world however, as he embarked on a career covering the sport in the media.

As of 2012, Savoldelli worked for the Italian television channel RAI, providing viewers with commentary on cycling races. He comments from a motorbike, offering insights from a first-hand point of view. He concludes each of his interventions with an emphatic "A Voi!" (Italian for "Back to you!"), which became his trademark.

Despite having already retired, in May 2014 Savoldelli was banned from bicycle racing for six months for being a client of the infamous doping doctor, Michele Ferrari. Later on, his name was tied to evidence in the 2012 USADA Report as "Rider 1," and is said to have set up and used EPO doping in the 2006 Giro d'Italia.

source - Wikipedia