Ivan Quaranta

Ivan Quaranta (born 14 December 1974 in Crema), also called "il Ghepardo" (Italian: the Cheetah) is a former Italian professional road bicycle racer.

Ivan Quaranta
Personal information
Full nameIvan Quaranta
NicknameThe Cheetah (Italian: il Ghepardo)
Born (1974-12-14) 14 December 1974 (age 45)
Crema, Italy
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
1996–1997Team Polti
1998KRKA–Telekom Slovenije
1999–2000Mobilvetta Design–Northwave
2001–2002Alexia Alluminio
2003Saeco Macchine per Caffè
2004Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè
2005Domina Vacanze
2006CB Immobiliare–Universal Caffè
2007–2008Amore & Vita–McDonald's
Major wins
Giro d'Italia, 5 stages

His most successful year was 1999. That year he already had five wins to his credit leading up to the Giro d'Italia, the premier Italian bike race. He then took the Giro stage 1 sprint in impressive fashion ahead of the much better known Mario Cippolini. That win significantly boosted Quaranta's profile. Over time he won 5 Giro stages. Intriguingly Quaranta was hired by Saeco to replace Cippolini as the team's protected sprinter in 2003. However, by that time his prowess was on the wane. While he won sprints in lesser races such as Brixia Tour and Tour of Qatar, he produced no further sprint wins in the Giro. Saeco dropped Quaranta after a single season, subsequent to which he had negligible success. His final win was in the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda. Quaranta retired from professional cycling after the 2008 season.

Major resultsEdit

1997
3rd Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt
10th Overall Giro di Puglia
1998
1st Stage 1 Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 4 Olympia's Tour
1st Stages 1 & 7 Tour de Serbie
1999
1st Stages 1 & 11 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 2 Three Days of De Panne
1st Stage 1 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st Stage 3 Giro d'Abruzzo
7th Grand Prix Pino Cerami
2000
1st Stages 1 & 10 Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 7, 8 & 11 Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 3 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
2nd Memorial Fabio Casartelli
2001
1st Stages 5 & 16 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 7 Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 1 Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 3 Tour of the Netherlands
2002
1st Dwars door Gendringen
1st Stage 1 Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 5 Tour of Sweden
1st Stage 2a Regio-Tour
2nd Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie
2003
1st Stage 4 Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 3 Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 4 Tour of Germany
1st Stage 1 Brixia Tour
2004
1st Stage 6 Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 3 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
9th Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
2007
1st Stage 4 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
  Giro d'Italia DNF DNF 129 DNF DNF DNF
  Tour de France
  Vuelta a España DNF DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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