Flávia Oliveira

Flávia Maria de Oliveira Paparella (born 27 October 1981) is a Brazilian racing cyclist. She competed in the 2013 UCI Women's World Championship Road Race in Florence,[2] as well as the 2014 UCI Women's Road World Championships in Ponferrada. She competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro[3] where she finished in seventh place, the highest placed finish for a Brazilian rider in any Olympic cycling event.

Flávia Oliveira
Rio 2016 - Women's road race (cropped).jpg
Oliveira at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameFlávia Maria de Oliveira Paparella
Born (1981-10-27) 27 October 1981 (age 39)
Height157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Weight43 kg (95 lb)
Team information
Current teamForça Aérea Brasileira
Rider typeClimber
Amateur teams
2007Team Tibco
2008Vanderkitten Racing
2008Metromint Cycling (Guest rider)
2008Touchstone Climbing (Guest rider)
2011Team PCW
2014DNA Cycling p/b K4Racing
2014FCS Cycling Team (Guest rider)
2014Louis Garneau Factory Team (Guest rider)
2014Team Newton (Guest rider)
2015Visit Dallas Cycling (Guest rider)
2016Aprire Bicycles–HSS Hire (Guest rider)
2017–2019Fearless Femme (Guest rider)
2020ATX–Wolfpack p/b Jakroo
Professional teams
2009SC Michela Fanini Record Rox
2010Gauss Rdz Ormu
2011Vaiano Solaristech
2012Forno d'Asolo – Colavita
2013GSD Gestion-Kallisto
2014Firefighters Upsala CK
2014Servetto Footon
2015Optum–KBS (Guest rider)
2016BTC City Ljubljana (Guest rider)
2018Health Mate–Cyclelive Team

Oliveira is a past winner of the mountains classification at the Giro d'Italia Femminile in 2015, the Brazilian National Road Race Championships,[4] and she was the winner of the general and mountain classifications at the 2016 Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche.[5]

During a coaching session early in Oliveira's career, she recorded one of the highest VO2 Max scores ever across all athletics for females.[6]


In June 2009, in her first year as a professional, Oliveira tested positive for oxilofrine, a stimulant, while racing with the Italian professional team SC Michela Fanini at the Giro del Trentino Donne.[7] The adverse finding came from a supplement purchased in the United States that did not include oxilofine on the ingredients label. In fact, several supplement companies were making products that contained oxilofrine without indicating the substance on the label. [8] Oliveira later sued the supplement manufacturer.[9] In December 2009 the ban was reduced through an appeal to CAS after the panel found that she had not intentionally ingested the banned substance and there was no way that she could have known that the supplement would have contained a banned substance.[10] This would see her resume competition on 1 March 2011.

A second positive occurred nine years later on 26 June 2018 at the Brazilian Road Championships.[11] Oliveira won the race and was allowed to maintain the title of champion of Brasil after the hearing. In a unanimous decision, the arbitration panel ruled that Oliveira did not ingest the contaminant intentionally and in fact, the contaminant entered her system after the race had completed.[12] Oliveira returned to racing shortly after, recording her best ever finish in a World Cup Event at GP Plouay, where she finished 8th.[13]

In 2020, the prescribed use of vilanterol to treat an acute condition caused an adverse finding for Oliveira. Oliveira established she had no significant fault or negligence with respect to the violation. USADA granted a TUE to Oliveira for the medication after the fact.[14] Additionally, WADA made the determination that vilanterol is not performance enhancing and removed it from the 2021 prohibited list when used as Oliveira did.[15]

2020 Olympic BidEdit

While preparing for the 2020 Olympics, Oliveira was struck by a car and suffered a broken pelvis.[16] After rehabilitation, Oliveira collected enough Olympic qualification points to provisionally qualify her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[17] However, three weeks before the World Championships in Yorkshire, England,[18] Oliveira suffered a crash that effectively ended her season in the GP Fourmies in France.[19]

Major resultsEdit

1st Mount Diablo Hill Climb
4th Vacaville Gran Prix
5th Giro di San Francisco
7th Mount Tamalpais Hill Climb
7th Wente Vineyards Road Race
8th Berkeley Hills Road Race
9th Overall Mt. Hood Cycling Classic
1st   Overall California Cup
1st Mount Tamalpais Hill Climb
1st Stinson Beach Mt Tamalpais Hill Climb
1st Dunnigan Hills Road Race
1st San Ardo Road Race
1st Patterson Pass Road Race
2nd Santa Cruz University Road Race
2nd Suisun Harbor Criterium
2nd Berkeley Bicycle Club Criterium
3rd Mount Hamilton Classic
3rd Mount Diablo Hill Climb
4th Vacaville Gran Prix
5th Wente Vineyards Road Race
5th Giro di San Francisco
6th Norlund Construction, Inc. Corporate Criterium
6th Memorial Day Criterium
7th Merco Credit Union – Downtown Grand Prix
7th Davis 4th of July Criterium
4th Overall Tour Féminin en Limousin
8th Giro del Friuli
9th Overall La Route de France
2nd Mike's Bikes Cat's Hill Classic
3rd Overall Sea Otter Classic
National Road Championships
6th Time trial
7th Road race
7th Road race, Pan American Road Championships
9th Overall Giro della Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini
2nd Nevada City Classic
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Madera Stage Race
4th Snelling Road Race
4th Memorial Cesare Del Cancia
5th Berkeley Bicycle Club Criterium
7th Overall Merco Classic
7th Cherry Pie Criterium
7th Muri Fermani – Forza Marina – Gianmarco Lorenzi
7th San Rafael Twilight Criterium
1st Wente Vineyards Road Race
1st Pescadero Coastal Classic
1st Mount Diablo Hill Climb
2nd Overall Sea Otter Classic
2nd Overall Volta do México Copa Governador
2nd Mount Hamilton Classic
National Road Championships
3rd Road race
4th Time trial
4th Berkeley Hills Road Race
5th Overall San Dimas Stage Race
6th San Rafael Twilight Criterium
7th Road race, Pan American Championships
7th Overall Cascade Cycling Classic
2nd Overall Vuelta Internacional Femenina a Costa Rica
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Tour of the Gila
2nd Grand Prix de Oriente
2nd Grand Prix cycliste de Gatineau
National Road Championships
2nd Road race[N 1]
9th Time trial
4th Road race, Pan American Championships
4th Overall Vuelta Ciclista Femenina a El Salvador
1st Stage 3
5th Overall San Dimas Stage Race
5th Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
5th Philadelphia Cycling Classic
7th Grand Prix GSB
Military World Games
1st   Team road race
7th Road race
2nd Overall Vuelta Internacional Femenina a Costa Rica
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
National Road Championships
3rd Road race
3rd Time trial
6th Overall Tour of California
7th Overall Tour Femenino de San Luis
7th Overall Giro d'Italia Femminile
1st   Mountains classification
7th Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
8th Overall San Dimas Stage Race
10th Overall Joe Martin Stage Race
10th Overall Tour of the Gila
1st   Overall classification Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 4
1st   Mountains classification Tour de Feminin-O cenu Českého Švýcarska
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne Féminin
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
2nd Overall Giro della Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini
3rd Road race, Pan American Road Championships
3rd Overall Vuelta Internacional Femenina a Costa Rica
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
7th Road race, Olympic Games
9th Overall 4. NEA
7th Overall Colorado Classic
10th Overall Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche
10th La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
3rd Time trial
2nd Overall Vuelta Femenina a Guatemala
6th Winston-Salem Cycling Classic
National Road Championships
2nd Road race
2nd Time trial
3rd La Picto–Charentaise
6th Overall Colorado Classic
8th GP de Plouay – Bretagne


  1. ^ First place would later be disqualified from the race meaning that the National Championship was awarded to Oliveira


  1. ^ "Oliveira firma con la Swapit Agolico" [Oliveira signs with Swapit Agolico]. Cicloweb.it (in Italian). Cicloweb. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Final Results / Résultats finaux: Road Race Women Elite / Course en ligne femmes élite" (PDF). Sport Result. Tissot Timing. 28 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Brasil define equipe do ciclismo de estrada para os Jogos do Rio 2016" (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Oliveira trades Giro Rosa start for Olympic support | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Flavia Oliveira". www.procyclingstats.com.
  6. ^ "World Best VO2max Scores". topendsports.com.
  7. ^ News 2010-04-15T11:41:00Z, Cycling. "Oliveira suspended for illegal supplement". cyclingnews.com.
  8. ^ "Banned Stimulant Oxilofrine Hiding in at Least 14 Supplements". thedailybeast.com.
  9. ^ "Pro Cyclist Sues Supplement Maker". courthousenews.com.
  10. ^ "US-licenced rider Flavia Oliveira shortens doping suspension via appeal". www.velonation.com.
  11. ^ Figueiredo, Gustavo (22 December 2018). "Flavia Oliveira, campeã brasileira de ciclismo, é suspensa por doping". Pedal.com.br.
  12. ^ "CQ Ranking - National Championships Brazil (Maringa) R.R." cqranking.com.
  13. ^ "Van der Breggen wins GP de Plouay". cyclingnews.com.
  14. ^ "Press Release".
  15. ^ "2021 WADA Prohibited List".
  16. ^ "Campeã brasileira de ciclismo é atropelada durante treino na estrada". bicycling.com.br.
  17. ^ "Rankings". uci.org.
  18. ^ "2019 Road World Championships". worlds.yorkshire.com.
  19. ^ "Grand Prix De Fourmies". grandprixdefourmies.com.

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