Diego Ulissi

Diego Ulissi (born 15 July 1989) is an Italian road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates.[3]

Diego Ulissi
Diego Ulissi Giro 2011.jpg
Ulissi at the 2011 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full nameDiego Ulissi
Born (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 32)
Cecina, Italy
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Team information
Current teamUAE Team Emirates
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider type
Amateur teams
2008Seano Vangi-Molino di Ferro
2009Hopplà-Seano-Bellissima
Professional team
2010–Lampre–Farnese Vini[1][2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
8 individual stages (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020)

Stage races

Tour de Luxembourg (2020)
Tour of Slovenia (2019)
Tour of Turkey (2017)

Single-day races and Classics

GP de Montréal (2017)
Milano–Torino (2013)
Giro dell'Emilia (2013)

CareerEdit

Ulissi is a versatile, all-round cyclist who often wins stages and one-day races from breakaways and over hilly terrain.

Born in Cecina, Ulissi won the Junior World Road Race Championships in 2006 and 2007. He is the second cyclist ever – after Giuseppe Palumbo – to achieve two consecutive World Junior Road titles. He was awarded stage 17 of the 2011 Giro d'Italia after Giovanni Visconti was relegated for improper sprinting.[4]

In June 2011, he recorded his first major professional victories. He won Stage 17 in his first appearance at the Giro d'Italia after Giovanni Visconti was relegated for improper sprinting. Ulissi and Visconti were part of a breakaway that survived to the end of the hilly stage, and Visconti shoved Ulissi during their sprint to the finish line.[5] Ulissi later won the queen stage and the overall classification in that year's Tour of Slovenia.[6][7][8]

During the 2012 season, Ulissi again raced the Giro d'Italia, placing fourth in the young rider competition.[9]

Ulissi took his second World Tour-level win during the first stage of the 2013 Tour de Pologne, out-sprinting Darwin Atapuma and Rafal Majka from a breakaway group of 15 riders.[10] He then won three Italian classic races in the fall. In Milano-Torino, Ulissi attacked away from a small group of favorites, including defending champion Alberto Contador, on the final climb to take victory.[11] He won an uphill sprint in Coppa Sabatini a week later.[12] Finally, days after, Ulissi again jumped away from the leading group in the closing meters of the Giro dell'Emilia to take victory.[13]

Ulissi won more stage victories in 2014, despite underperforming during the spring classics. He won the second stage of the Tour Down Under, launching an early sprint to beat stage favorite Simon Gerrans. Ulissi won two stages in the Giro d'Italia. On Stage 5, he launched a late attack against a group of stage and GC favorites,[14] and he narrowly beat the Giro's GC contenders to the finish of the race's first major mountain stage.[15]

After serving a doping-related suspension that ended in March 2015 (see below), Ulissi came back to win Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia in Fiuggi.[16]

In 2016, Ulissi returned to the Giro d'Italia and won two stages. On Stage 4, Ulissi broke away from the leading group to beat Tom Dumoulin by five seconds.[17] And on Stage 11, he out-sprinted race leader Bob Jungels in the closing meters of the stage.[18] Ulissi won the first individual time trial of his professional career on Stage 2 of the Tour of Slovenia, beating eventual general classification winner Rein Taaramäe over a short and hilly parcours.[19] That August, Ulissi took the third stage and the overall classification at the Czech Cycling Tour.[20]

In June 2017, he was named in the startlist for the Tour de France.[21] He out-sprinted Jesus Herrada and Tom-Jelte Slagter to win the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, his first World Tour-level win in the 2017 season.[22] Ulissi won the general classification in the Presidential Tour of Turkey, his first overall victory in a World Tour stage race.[23] In that race, he took the leader's jersey in a solo hilltop stage victory on Stage 4.[24]

Ulissi won Stage 5 of the 2018 Tour de Suisse, overpowering Enric Mas in a sprint to the line.[25]

In 2019, Ulissi took victory in the Gran Premio di Lugano in Switzerland. He also won Stage 3 and the general classification in the Tour of Slovenia and the test event for the road race at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[26]

DopingEdit

In June 2014 it was announced that Ulissi had failed a drug test on Stage 11 of that year's Giro d'Italia. He tested positive for the asthma drug salbutamol, which is found in Ventolin.

Ulissi had received permission to use Ventolin to treat a bronchospasm. However, the test indicated that he had almost twice the permitted concentration of salbutamol in his urine.[27] He had also received paracetamol from a race doctor after he was involved in a crash during the stage.[28]

Both Ulissi and the Lampre-Merida team doctor denied using his inhaler to gain a competitive advantage, claiming that Ulissi had taken only two puffs before the start of the stage.[29] Lampre and the head coach of Italy's national team, Davide Cassani, expressed support for Ulissi. Nevertheless, he was provisionally suspended from Lampre-Merida and did not attend the Italian national team's training camp after the positive test was announced.[30]

Ulissi appealed to the Union Cycliste Internationale for a controlled excretion study, as he could face a two-year suspension from racing. After some delay, the UCI passed Ulissi's case to Swiss Cycling (Ulissi resides outside of Lugano) to conduct a disciplinary hearing. Ulissi argued that his crash during the Giro's Stage 11 could have caused higher-than-expected levels of salbutamol.[31]

After briefly suspending Ulissi when news of his positive test broke, Lampre-Merida announced that Ulissi could return to race in time for a string of Italian one-day races, including Tre Valli Varesine and Coppa Agostoni. But when Ulissi's case was passed to Swiss Cycling, the team backtracked, citing "internal sanitary rules of the team and the rules of MPCC."[32]

The Swiss Olympic Association agreed with Ulissi's defense, that he used salbutamol negligently and not in order to cheat. He therefore received a reduced nine-month suspension, ending in March 2015.[33][34]

The suspension created a potential conflict between Lampre-Merida and Ulissi over the rider's contract. The team is a member of the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible, a voluntary association of teams working to promote clean cycling. MPCC rules prohibit a member team from signing a rider within two years of that rider serving a doping-related suspension of longer than six months. The rules could have prevented Lampre from allowing Ulissi to return to racing after his suspension; however, because Ulissi already had a contract with the team, he could sue if Lampre ended his contract early.[35] The MPCC at first allowed Lampre to keep its contract with Ulissi to avoid legal difficulties, and Ulissi returned to racing for the Tour of the Basque Country.[36] However, the MPCC and Lampre continued sparring over Ulissi's participation in races, prompting the team to withdraw from the MPCC in March 2015.[37]

Personal lifeEdit

Ulissi was born in Cecina in 1989. He was named Diego Armando after Diego Maradona, his father's favorite football player. Ulissi's mother, Donatella, works at a winery, while his father was a mountain bike racer. His father encouraged his passion for cycling, and Ulissi entered his first race in 1996.[38]

Ulissi lives outside of Lugano, Switzerland with his wife, Arianna, and daughters, Lia and Anna. He missed Anna's birth in March 2020 while in quarantine at the UAE Tour after four riders on UAE Team Emirates tested positive for COVID-19.[39]

Major resultsEdit

2006
1st   Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
2007
1st   Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
2010
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
8th Overall Tour de Pologne
2011
1st   Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 17 Giro d'Italia
2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st   Young rider classification
2012
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese
2nd Milano–Torino
3rd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st   Points classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stages 3 & 4
9th La Flèche Wallonne
10th Clásica de San Sebastián
2013
1st   Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 2
1st Milano–Torino
1st Coppa Sabatini
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Stage 1 Tour de Pologne
2nd Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
2nd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
4th Trofeo Laigueglia
6th Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st   Young rider classification
7th Overall Paris–Nice
2014
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 5 & 8
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
3rd Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stage 2
3rd Gran Premio di Lugano
5th Trofeo Laigueglia
2015
1st Stage 7 Giro d'Italia
1st Memorial Marco Pantani
2nd Japan Cup
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
5th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
6th Overall Tour de Pologne
2016
1st   Overall Czech Cycling Tour
1st Stage 3
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 4 & 11
1st Circuito de Getxo
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Tour of Slovenia
2nd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
2nd Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Overall Tour du Haut Var
3rd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
3rd Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
5th Milano–Torino
6th Trofeo Laigueglia
7th Strade Bianche
7th Amstel Gold Race
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
8th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Giro dell'Emilia
2017
1st   Overall Tour of Turkey
1st Stage 4
1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
1st Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Tre Valli Varesine
5th Overall Tour Down Under
7th Giro dell'Emilia
10th La Flèche Wallonne
2018
4th Overall Tour Down Under
4th Overall Tour of Turkey
4th Gran Premio di Lugano
7th Overall Abu Dhabi Tour
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 5
10th Giro della Toscana
2019
1st   Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3
1st Gran Premio di Lugano
1st Tokyo 2020 Test Event
2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Road race, National Road Championships
4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
5th Overall Deutschland Tour
6th Giro dell'Emilia
9th Overall Tour Down Under
2020
1st   Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2 & 13
Held   after Stages 2–3
2nd Overall Tour Down Under
2nd Gran Piemonte
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
5th Overall Tour de Pologne
8th Giro di Lombardia
9th Overall UAE Tour
2021
1st   Overall Settimana Ciclistica Italiana
1st Stages 1 & 4
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 4
5th Gran Premio di Lugano
7th Giro dell'Appennino

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 41 21 DNF 64 21 28 42 38 17
  Tour de France 39
  Vuelta a España 32

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Milan–San Remo 140 DNF DNF DNF 58 40 103 72
Tour of Flanders Has not contested during his career
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 76 78 20 66 DNF 55 30 28 39
Giro di Lombardia DNF DNF 41 28 74 22 21 60 8
Classic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Strade Bianche DNF 21 7 44 16
Amstel Gold Race DNF DNF 25 34 49 7 27 50 22 NH
La Flèche Wallonne DNF 9 13 17 50 8 10 14 3
Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec 70 6 5 7 11 11 4 NH
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 58 67 DNF 3 1 7 2
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit

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