Lech Piasecki

Lech Piasecki (born 13 November 1961) is a Polish former racing cyclist. Born in Poznań, he became the first Polish cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, in 1987.[1]

Lech Piasecki
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Personal information
Full nameLech Piasecki
Born (1961-11-13) 13 November 1961 (age 58)
Poznań, Poland
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1986–1988Del Tongo
Copy of L. Piasecki medal and autograph in Sports Star Avenue in Dziwnów

After Piasecki became Amateur world champion in 1985, the Colnago team wanted to sign him. The Polish cycling organisation allowed that in exchange for bicycles.[2] His first victory as a professional cyclist was in a time trial in the 1986 Giro d'Italia, where he surprisingly beat many favourites.[3] In 1987, he won the first stage of the Tirreno–Adriatico. It was a time trial in which he started early, and the wind changed direction after Piasecki finished, so the main favourites who started later had a disadvantage.[4] In the 1987 Tour de France, Piasecki became second in the prologue, and took the yellow jersey in the team time trial. After he lost the lead, he had to abandon in the 7th stage due to an illness.[5] On August 24, 1988 he became World Track Champion in individual pursuit. The following year Piasecki put forth a remarkable performance during the 1989 Giro d'Italia by winning three stages including two ITT stages, as well as a high mountain stage.

Major victoriesEdit

1st Stage 7a, Milk Race
3rd Stage 5, Milk Race
6th and 6th stage Tour de Pologne
3rd Polish National Road Race Championships
1st UCI Road World Championships, Amateurs
1st Peace Race
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 8
1st Stage 11
1st Tour de Romagna
1st Florence-Pistoia
1st Stage 12, Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3, Tour de l'Aude
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Giuseppe Saronni)
1st Stage 1, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 21b, Giro d'Italia
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Czesław Lang)
1st Tour de Friuli
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 10
1st Stage 15b
1st Stage 22
1st Stage 7, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Florence-Pistoia

Tour de FranceEdit


  1. ^ Dauncey, Hugh; Hare, Geoff (2003). The Tour de France, 1903-2003: a century of sporting structures, meanings, and values. Routledge. p. 220. ISBN 0-7146-5362-4.
  2. ^ Wereldkampioen Piasecki geruild tegen fietsen
  3. ^ Moser verliest Giro op zijn specialiteit
  4. ^ Piasecki rijdt Moser op meer dan halve minuut in proloog Tirreno
  5. ^ Lech Piasecki uitgevallen
  6. ^ "The Tour: Lech Piasecki". Archived from the original on 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-02-09.