Historic Overview Paolo Savoldelli

Rider

Overall Rank234
NamePaolo SAVOLDELLI
Country
  Italy
Date of birth07-May-1973 - Clusone (Lombardia)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Paolo Savoldelli

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 his name was tied to evidence in the 2012 USADA Report as "Rider 1," and he is said to have set up and used EPO doping in the 2006 Giro d'Italia.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Tour de Romandie 2000
Giro d'Italia 2002, 2005
Trofeo Laigueglia 1999
Tour de Romandie - stages 2000 (1), 2001 (2), 2006 (1), 2007 (1)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1999 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2007 (1)
Tour de France - stages 2005 (1)

Seasons

Paolo Savoldelli - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1996 Roslotto - ZG Mobili 335 146
2. 1997 Roslotto - ZG Mobili 608 76
3. 1998 Saeco Macchine per Caffé 868 48
4. 1999 Saeco - Cannondale 1581 12
5. 2000 Saeco - Valli & Valli 895 52
6. 2001 Saeco 919 56
7. 2002 Index - Alexia Alluminio 1398 19
8. 2003 Team Telekom 95 505
9. 2004 T-Mobile Team 65 596
10. 2005 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 1578 12
11. 2006 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 840 47
12. 2007 Astana 643 72
13. 2008 LPR Brakes - Ballan 325 209
Overall: 10150 234