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Enrico Gasparotto (born 22 March 1982) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist for UCI World Tour team Bahrain–Merida.[1]

Enrico Gasparotto
Enrico Gasparotto 2016.jpg
Gasparotto at the 2016 Tour of Britain
Personal information
Full name Enrico Gasparotto
Nickname Giallo
Born (1982-03-22) 22 March 1982 (age 36)
Sacile, Italy
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current team Bahrain–Merida
Discipline Road
Role Puncheur/classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2005–2007 Liquigas–Bianchi
2008 Barloworld
2009 Lampre–NGC
2010–2014 Astana
2015–2016 Wanty–Groupe Gobert
2017– Bahrain–Merida
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2007)

Stage races

Ster Elektrotoer (2008)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2005)
Amstel Gold Race (2012, 2016)

Others

UCI Europe Tour (2007–2008)

Contents

CareerEdit

Born in Sacile, Gasparotto turned professional in 2005 with Liquigas–Bianchi and stayed with the team for three years. At the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Gasparotto led his Liquigas squad to a stage 1 team time trial win and wore the pink jersey the following day.

Gasparotto achieved his first Classics victory at the 2012 Amstel Gold Race; he won the race in an uphill finish, after Óscar Freire was caught 90 m (300 ft) before the finish line,[2] and Gasparotto out-sprinted Lotto–Belisol's Jelle Vanendert and Peter Sagan of Liquigas–Cannondale.[3] One week later, he took part in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, finishing third by beating a small group to the sprint in a race won by fellow Astana teammate, Maxim Iglinsky.[4]

At the Vuelta a España, bad luck hit Gasparotto and the Astana squad on the very first stage, a 16.5 km (10.3 mi) Team Time Trial held in Pampeluna. His teammates Paolo Tiralongo, Alexsandr Dyachenko, Andrey Zeits and Gasparotto himself crashed in an accident that was not picked up by the television cameras. His teammates could pick themselves up and continue, as did Gasparotto, but it was revealed that his collarbone was fractured in three places and he had to abandon the Spanish race.[5]

Gasparotto took a second Amstel Gold triumph when he won the 2016 edition of the race, defeating Michael Valgren in a two-up sprint after the pair broke away from the main group in the closing stages of the race. It was Gasparotto's first win since his 2012 victory, and he dedicated it to Antoine Demoitié, his teammate who had died after a crash at Gent–Wevelgem the previous month.[6]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 97 92 60 DNF 66 97 76
  Tour de France 95
  Vuelta a España 82 68 78
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Enrico Gasparotto at Procyclingstats.com". Procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Freire says headwind blighted his chances of winning Amstel Gold Race". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Gasparotto wins Amstel stunner". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 15 April 2012. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Maxim Iglinsky wins Liège – Bastogne – Liège". Velo News. VeloNews.com. 22 April 2012. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  5. ^ Ben Atkins (19 August 2012). "Vuelta a Espana: Fractured collarbone for Enrico Gasparotto in team time trial crash". Velo Nation. Velo Nation LLC. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Enrico Gasparotto dedicates Amstel Gold win to Antoine Demoitié". theguardian.com. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 19 April 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Enrico Gasparotto at Wikimedia Commons