No. 061 - Paolo Bettini
|Team: Quick Step-Innergetic |
DOB: 4/1/1974 | Age: 32
Hometown: Cecina, Italy
Height: 5'6" | Weight: 128
Pro Since: 1991
UCI Rank: 8th
& Points: 144
Specialty: All Around
Career SummaryDefending world road champion and Italian national road champion Paolo Bettini is one of the most accomplished cyclists in the world. He has won stages in all of the three Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana) and has won the overall points classification at the Giro d’Italia in 2005 and 2006. He is also an Olympic gold medalist winning the 2004 Olympic road race in Athens and three-time winner of the UCI World Cup series.
He excels in tough races, is a powerful sprinter, and a tactically skilled cyclist. He has won Liege- Bastogne-Liege twice, Milan-Sanremo, Tirreno- Adriatico, and Clasica de San Sebastian.
Bettini is also a dedicated support rider and has helped teammates like Tom Boonen, Mario Cipollini, and Richard Virenque win stages and races.
Events07 Amgen Tour of California
- 2006 1st World Road Championships; 1st Italian National Road Championships; 1st Giro di Lombardia; stage wins at Vuelta a Espana; 1st points classification overall and stage win Giro d’Italia; two stage wins Tirreno Adriatico; 1st GP di Lugano
- 2005 1st Zurich Championships; 1st Giro di Lombardia; 1st points classification overall and stage win Giro d’Italia; stage win Vuelta a Espana
- 2004 gold medal Olympic Road Race; 1st UCI World Cup series; 1st overall and two stage wins Tirreno Adriatico; 1st GP Camaiore; stage wins Tour Mediterranean and Tour de Suisse
- 2003 1st overall and Points classification Tour Mediterranean; 1st Italian National Road Race; 1st Milan Sanremo; 1st Classica San Sebastian; 1st HEW Cyclassics; 1st UCI World Cup series
- 2002 1st overall and two stage wins Giro de Ligure di Ponente; 1st stage 2 Tirreno-Adriatico; 1st Liege- Bastogne-Liege; 1st Giro del Lazio; 1st Coppa Sabatini; 1st overall and stage 1 Giro de Vallonia; 1st UCI World Cup series
- 2001 1st stage 2 Tour of Langkawi; 1st Coppa Placci
- 2000 stage win Tour de France; 1st overall Memorial Cecchi Gori; 1st Liege-Bastogne-Liege