Mikel Nieve

Mikel Nieve Iturralde (born 26 May 1984) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Team BikeExchange.[5]

Mikel Nieve
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Nieve at the 2018 Tour de France.
Personal information
Full nameMikel Nieve Iturralde
Born (1984-05-26) 26 May 1984 (age 36)
Leitza, Spain
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamTeam BikeExchange
Rider typeClimber
Amateur teams
2003Café Baqué–Labarca 2 amateur
2004–2007Caja Rural amateur
Professional teams
2008Orbea–Oreka SDA
2014–2017Team Sky[2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
Mountains classification (2016)
3 individual stages (2011, 2016, 2018)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2010)


Euskaltel–Euskadi (2009–2013)Edit

Nieve at the 2013 Tour de France

Born in Leitza, Nieve won the sixteenth stage of the 2010 Vuelta a España, shaking off four riders to win solo in the mountain finish at the Alto de Cotobello.[6] He earned another prestigious victory in the fifteenth stage of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, the queen stage of that year's edition, which Alberto Contador later described as the most difficult stage of his life.[7] Nieve had broken away early, and crested the penultimate climb of the day, the Passo Fedaia, with only Stefano Garzelli in front of him. On the lower slope of the final climb to Gardeccia-Val di Fassa, Nieve passed Garzelli, and held on to win the stage after having spent a little less than 7 hours and a half in the saddle.[8]

He finished 10th twice in the Giro d'Italia in 2011 and 2012. He also finished 10th twice in the Vuelta a España in 2010 and 2011.

In 2013,[9] Nieve rode his first Tour de France, where he finished 3rd on Mont Ventoux and 9th on Alpe d'Huez. He ended up finishing 12th overall. After the disbanding of the Euskaltel–Euskadi team was confirmed at the end of the 2013 season, Nieve agreed to join Team Sky on an initial two-year deal.[2]

Team Sky (2014–2017)Edit

In 2014, he won stage 8, the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné as well as finishing 8th overall.

In 2015, Nieve finished 8th overall in the Vuelta a España, his highest Grand Tour finish to date.

In 2016, Nieve won stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia. He also went on to win the mountains classification.[10] Nieve also rode the Tour de France, where he helped Chris Froome take overall victory as one of his mountain domestiques.

Mitchelton–Scott (2018–present)Edit

In August 2017, it was announced that Nieve would join Mitchelton–Scott for the 2018 season.[11] During the 2018 Giro d'Italia he rode strongly and won stage 20. He finished 10th overall in the 2019 Vuelta a España, cracking the top 10 in the Vuelta for the fourth time in his career. During the 2020 Tour de France he did something that he had never done in his entire career: abandon a grand tour. This is notable because prior to this he had completed eighteen grand tours in a row, he completed two grand tours per year for seven consecutive years and he finished inside the top 25 of every single one of them. He rebounded to ride in the 2020 Vuelta finishing 13th overall.

Major resultsEdit

Nieve at the 2017 Paris–Nice
9th Overall Vuelta a Navarra
3rd Overall Cinturó de l'Empordà
7th Overall Vuelta a Mallorca
7th Trofeo Inca
4th Trofeo Inca
7th Giro di Lombardia
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 16
8th Gran Premio de Llodio
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 15
10th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 8
10th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
  Combativity award Stage 18 Tour de France
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
6th Giro di Lombardia
8th Overall Vuelta a España
10th Overall Tour de Pologne
Giro d'Italia
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 13
10th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
8th Giro di Lombardia
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia
4th GP Miguel Induráin
8th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
10th Overall Vuelta a España
9th Overall Tour de Pologne
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Giro d'Italia 10 10 17 25 17 17 IP
  Tour de France 12 18 17 14 23 DNF
  Vuelta a España 10 10 23 12 8 16 10 13


  1. ^ a b "Mikel Nieve". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Gregor (1 October 2013). "Sky rescues Nieve while other Euskaltel riders search for jobs". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Mitchelton-Scott finalise 25-rider roster for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "GreenEDGE Cycling". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Vuelta a España 2010: Mikel Nieve wins stage 16 while Joaquín Rodríguez takes overall lead". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Ha sido la etapa más dura de mi vida". El Pais. May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Pelkey, Charles (22 May 2011). "As Mikel Nieve wins stage at Giro d'Italia, Alberto Contador just keeps adding to his lead". Velo News. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Basque Country's Euskaltel present UCI World Tour team". EITB. EiTB Group. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013. The Basque backbone remains with Samuel Sanchez, Igor Anton, Ion Izagirre, Mikel Landa, Gorka Izagirre, Pello Bilbao, Mikel Astarloza and Mikel Nieve.
  10. ^ "Nieve saves Team Sky's Giro d'Italia with mountains classification victory - Cyclingnews.com".
  11. ^ "Mikel Nieve leaves Team Sky for Orica-Scott". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

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