Iban Mayo

Iban Mayo Diez (born August 19, 1977, in Igorre, Basque Country, Spain) is a former professional road bicycle racer.

Iban Mayo
Iban Mayo en el Giro de Italia 2007.JPG
Mayo at the 2007 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full nameIban Mayo Diez
NicknameEl Gallo (The Rooster)
Born (1977-08-19) August 19, 1977 (age 43)
Igorre, Spain
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Professional teams
2007Saunier Duval–Prodir
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 stage
Giro d'Italia, 1 stage
Dauphiné Libéré (2004)
Tour of the Basque Country (2003)
Vuelta a Burgos (2006)


Renowned as a climber, Mayo turned pro with Euskaltel–Euskadi in 2000, and became one of the Basque Country's prospects for glory. He stayed with Euskaltel-Euskadi throughout 2000–2006. The biggest result came in the 2003 Tour de France, when he won a stage up Alpe d'Huez. Mayo finished the Tour sixth.

In 2004 Mayo won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, regarded as preparation for the Tour de France. He beat Lance Armstrong by two minutes in a time trial on Mont Ventoux, breaking the record.[1] He was seen as a dangerous outsider for the Tour de France in the same year. It turned out a disappointment,[clarification needed] and after losing time due to a crash, he lost more in the Pyrenees due to injuries and mononucleosis. Mayo quit before the 15th stage.

After a lackluster[clarification needed] 2005, in 2006 he returned in the Dauphiné Libéré with second place in Briançon and a win on the stage to La Toussuire. He was seen[by whom?] as a contender for the 2006 Tour de France, but retired during the 11th stage. In 2007 Mayo signed for Saunier Duval–Prodir.

Mayo won the 19th stage of the 2007 Giro d'Italia. On July 30, 2007, the UCI confirmed he had failed a test for EPO during the Tour de France, in which he finished 16th.[2] On October 22, the Spanish federation cleared Mayo after a second test proved negative.[3] The UCI president Pat McQuaid stopped short of clearing the rider, pending further tests.[4]

On December 19, a French laboratory confirmed the positive test.[5] In 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Mayo's two-year ban, which ended on 31 July 2009.[6]

On 13 September 2009, Mayo decided not to make a comeback to professional cycling, thus effectively ending his career.[7]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Classique des Alpes
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
5th Overall Vuelta a España
1st   Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 1, 5a & 5b (ITT)
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Prologue & Stage 4
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 8
1st   Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Prologue & Stage 4 (ITT)
1st   Overall Clásica de Alcobendas
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st   Overall Vuelta Asturias
1st Subida al Naranco
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Classique des Alpes
1st   Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 4
1st Subida a Urkiola
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Giro d'Italia 38
Tour de France 88 6 DNF 60 DNF 16
Vuelta a España 11 5 DNF 35
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dauphine Libere 2004 stage 4 results report and photos". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  2. ^ "Mayo fails dope test for EPO," AFP, July 30, 2007. Posted 19:29 GMT
  3. ^ "Mayo cleared after negative B test". cnn.com. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  4. ^ "Mayo's 'B' sample to be re-tested". BBC Sport. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  5. ^ "Spanish cyclist Mayo's failed doping test confirmed: report". AFP. 2007-12-19. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  6. ^ Mark Ledsom (12 August 2008). "Sports court bans Spaniard Mayo for two years". REUTERS.
  7. ^ http://www.elcorreo.com/vizcaya/20090913/deportes/mas-deporte/caso-sido-caza-brujas-20090913.html

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