Michael Albasini

Michael Albasini (born 20 December 1980) is a Swiss former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2003 and 2020, for the Phonak, Liquigas, HTC–Highroad and Mitchelton–Scott teams.[3]

Michael Albasini
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Albasini at the 2009 Tour of Austria, a race he would win overall.
Personal information
Full nameMichael Albasini
Born (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980 (age 41)
Vevey, Switzerland
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typePuncheur
Amateur teams
2000–2002VC Mendrisio
2001Fassa Bortolo (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2009–2011Team Columbia–High Road
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (2012)
Tour of Austria (2009)
Tour of Britain (2010)
Tour des Fjords (2018)

One-day races and Classics

Tre Valli Varesine (2014)
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton (2011, 2013)

Professional careerEdit

Albasini began his career in 2003 with Phonak, moved to Liquigas–Bianchi at the beginning of 2005, and signed with Team Columbia–High Road for the 2009 season. From 2012 until his retirement, Albasini rode with the Australian professional cycling team GreenEDGE.[4]

In 2012, Albasini met success at the UCI World Tour race Volta a Catalunya. The six-stage event contained no time trials, and Albasini took the lead by triumphing on the very first stage over Anthony Delaplace from Saur–Sojasun, getting a 42 seconds overall lead.[5] On the very next stage, he was part of a select group of about 20 riders that were led to the line by Bradley Wiggins after a day in the mountains and he outsprinted his rivals, taking his second win in a row.[6] He held on to his advantage on the following hilly stages, winning the overall classification by 1 minute and 30 seconds over second-placed Samuel Sánchez of Euskaltel–Euskadi.[7]

In 2015, Albasini took a prestigious podium placing at the La Flèche Wallonne, coming in third place atop the Mur de Huy behind Alejandro Valverde and Julian Alaphilippe.[8] He later won the second stage of the Tour de Romandie, having the better in the sprint of a group of 49 riders who had survived the climb and descent of the Col de la Vue des Alpes.[9] He repeated the feat the very next day in Porrentruy, winning by a couple of bike lengths over Julian Alaphilippe.[10] He had to abandon the Tour de France on Stage 5, suffering from a broken arm after a crash.[11]

In October 2019, Albasini announced that he would retire from the sport after the 2020 Tour de Suisse.[12] Following that race's cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland, Albasini announced that he intended to extend his career to the end of the 2020 season.[13]

Major resultsEdit

1st   Road race, National Junior Road Championships
4th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
6th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
1st   Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
5th Overall Grand Prix Guillaume Tell
7th Overall GP Kranj
1st Stage 1
7th Giro del Lago Maggiore
5th Züri-Metzgete
9th Paris–Bourges
Tour de Suisse
1st   Sprints classification
1st Stage 5
7th Overall Three Days of De Panne
10th Giro della Romagna
Tour de Suisse
1st   Mountains classification
1st   Sprints classification
3rd Grand Prix de Fourmies
5th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 3
2nd GP Miguel Induráin
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
6th Tour du Haut Var
7th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
1st   Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
9th La Flèche Wallonne
1st   Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
10th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España
1st   Mountains classification Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour of Oman
1st   Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Tre Valli Varesine
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
6th Giro di Lombardia
7th Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
7th La Flèche Wallonne
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 2 & 3
2nd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
Tour de Romandie
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st Stage 2 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 1 Tour de Romandie
2nd Vuelta a La Rioja
3rd Amstel Gold Race
4th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
4th Coppa Bernocchi
4th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
5th La Flèche Wallonne
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Tre Valli Varesine
1st   Overall Tour des Fjords
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
7th Road race, UEC European Road Championships
4th Time trial, National Road Championships
10th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
10th Coppa Sabatini

Grand Tour results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 87 123
  Tour de France 145 115 58 110 86 70 DNF 132 98
 /  Vuelta a España DNF 122 118


  1. ^ "Mitchelton-Scott finalise 25-rider roster for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Wins from January to October: Mitchelton-Scott men confirm roster and goals for 2020". Mitchelton–Scott. New Global Cycling Services. 11 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Michael Albasini to become Swiss national coach in 2021". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  4. ^ Aubrey, Jane (5 September 2011). "Albasini joins GreenEdge in an "easy decision"". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  5. ^ Atkins, Ben (19 March 2012). "Michael Albasini solos to Volta a Catalunya opener". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Albasini wins second straight stage at Catalunya". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Albasini takes win in Catalunya". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Valverde wins La Fleche Wallonne 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Tour de Romandie: Albasini wins stage 2". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  10. ^ Spencer Powlison (30 April 2015). "Take two: Albasini wins second Romandie stage, wearing yellow". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Albasini abandons, fractures for heroic Matthews". Cycling Quotes. CyclingQuotes.com 2013. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Michael Albasini announces 2020 mid-season retirement". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Albasini prolongs career so he can retire on the road". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.

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