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Marco Pinotti (born 25 February 1976 in Osio Sotto, Lombardy) is an Italian former road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2013.[2] An individual time trial specialist, Pinotti was a six-time Italian Time Trial Champion (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013).

Marco Pinotti
Marco Pinotti celebrating 2012 giro victory.jpg
Pinotti at the 2012 Giro d'Italia.
Personal information
Full nameMarco Pinotti
NicknameL'Ingegnere (The Engineer)
Born (1976-02-25) 25 February 1976 (age 43)
Osio Sotto, Italy
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTime Trialist
Professional team(s)
1998→ Polti (stagiaire)
1999–2004Lampre–Daikin
2005–2006Saunier Duval–Prodir
2007–2011T-Mobile Team
2012–2013BMC Racing Team[1]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2008, 2012)
2 TTT stages (2009, 2011)

Stage races

Tour of Ireland (2008)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships
     (2005, 20072010, 2013)

CareerEdit

As an amateur he won 28 races before turning professional in 1999 with the Lampre–Daikin team. He won the Grand Prix d'Europa in 1999 together with his teammate Raivis Belohvoščiks and the 5th stage of the 2000 Tour de Pologne.

In 2001 he finished second in stage 15 of the Tour de France behind Belgian Rik Verbrugghe. He had surgery on his ulna in November 2001 and started training again only in February 2002. He returned to competition in April 2002.

The 2003 season brought some victories as he won the 4th stage in the Tour of the Basque Country and the King of the Mountains classification. In the Bici Vasca he crashed and broke his pelvis, forcing recuperation. He has since fully recovered. His speciality is in individual time trials.

Pinotti joined the then newly formed Spanish team Saunier Duval–Prodir team in 2005. He won the Italian National Time Trial Championship in 2005. Pinotti came second to Luca Ascani in the 2007 Italian National time trials[3] but Ascani was found to have tested positive for EPO and Pinotti was awarded the jersey.[4] Pinotti retained the title in 2008.

At the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Pinotti placed second in stage six to Spoleto and took over the leader's pink jersey. He held it for four stages. In 2008, he won the final stage time trial, and again in 2012. In 2009 and 2011, he help his teams win the team time trial. The result in 2011 helped him take over the pink jersey for one day.

In 2008, Pinotti joined team Highroad, which became Columbia HighRoad in 2009 and HTC-Columbia in 2010.

Pinotti joined the BMC Racing Team for 2012 following the disbanding of the HTC–Highroad team.[1] At the end of the year, he released a book, Il Mestiere Del Ciclista Una Vita In Bicicletta (The Cycling Professor).

In October 2013 Pinotti announced that he would retire from racing after competing in the Tour of Beijing and Chrono des Nations, transitioning to a position in the Sports Science division of BMC Racing Team.[2]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2000
1st Stage 5 Tour de Pologne
2nd Duo Normand (with László Bodrogi)
2003
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country
2005
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2007
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2008
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 21 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
2009
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 5 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3 (TTT) Tour de Romandie
9th Clásica de San Sebastián
2010
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
7th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Prologue
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
2011
1st Stage 1 TTT Giro d'Italia Wore Pink Jersey on Stage 2
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2012
1st Stage 21 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
6th Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 7 (ITT)
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino
1st   Sprints classification Tour of the Basque Country
5th Time trial, Olympic Games
2013
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
4th Chrono des Nations

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Giro d'Italia 48 60 18 65 40 9 DNF 41
  Tour de France 113 52 DNF
  Vuelta a España DNF DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
 
Pinotti competing in the 2012 Olympics time trial in London

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "BMC signs Pinotti and Van Garderen". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Barry. "Pinotti to retire at the end of the season". Cycling News.
  3. ^ "Ascani take TT tricolore". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Ascani faces suspension for EPO". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 21 May 2008.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Marco Pinotti at Wikimedia Commons