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Sérgio Miguel Moreira Paulinho, ComIH[2] (born 26 March 1980) is a Portuguese road bicycle racer for Portuguese professional cycling team Efapel. He was a domestique in the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Tour de France and won the silver medal for Portugal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Sérgio Paulinho
Sergio Paulinho - Tour de Romandie 2010, Stage 3.jpg
Paulinho at the 2010 Tour de Romandie.
Personal information
Full nameSérgio Miguel Moreira Paulinho
Born (1980-03-26) 26 March 1980 (age 39)
Oeiras, Portugal
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb; 10.1 st)
Team information
Current teamEfapel
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
2003ASC–Vila do Conde
2004LA Alumínios–Pecol
2005–2006Liberty Seguros–Würth
2007Discovery Channel
2010–2011Team RadioShack
2012–2016Team Saxo Bank[1]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 individual stage (2010)
1 TTT stage (2009)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2006)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2004, 2008)


Paulinho was born in Oeiras. After winning a bronze medal in the 2002 UCI Road World Championships, in under-23, in 2003, he became a professional cyclist and started gaining reference in one of the most important Portuguese teams: LA Pecol. In 2004, he was 6th in the Tour of Portugal (Volta), winning two stages, including the final Individual time trial. In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he was silver medalist (Italy's Paolo Bettini got gold and Axel Merckx bronze) in the cycling road race.

Following his Olympic performance, he was signed by the Liberty Seguros-Würth team. He was implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case but was later cleared by Spanish officials of any links to the Operación Puerto doping case.[3] He took his first Grand Tour stage win in the 2006 Vuelta a España, on stage 10. He joined the Discovery Channel team at the end of the season.

In 2004 he also won the Portuguese national time trial Championship and stages 7 and 10 of the Tour of Portugal. In 2008, he won again the national time trial championship. He joined Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack in 2010,[4] along with fellow countrymen Tiago Machado and directeur sportif José Azevedo. On 14 July 2010, he won the 10th stage of the Tour de France.[5]

Major resultsEdit

Volta a Portugal
1st Prologue, Stages 3 & 4
3rd   Time trial, UCI World Under-23 Road Championships
10th Road race, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
9th Overall Volta a Portugal
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Overall Volta a Tras os Montes
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 3 Volta a Terras de Santa Maria
2nd   Road race, Olympic Games
6th Overall Volta a Portugal
1st Stages 7 & 10 (ITT)
7th Overall Troféu Joaquim Agostinho
1st Stage 10 Vuelta a España
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Stage 10 Tour de France
6th GP Miguel Induráin
2nd Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stage 5 (TTT) Tour of Croatia
2nd Clássica da Arrábida
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
4th Clássica Aldeias do Xisto
7th Overall Troféu Joaquim Agostinho
9th Overall Volta a Portugal
8th Clássica Aldeias do Xisto

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia 97
  Tour de France 64 34 46 81 50 136 89
  Vuelta a España 16 DNF 26 85 70 57 DNF 115


  1. ^ Westemeyer, Susan (19 September 2011). "Pozzato joins Farnese Vini, Paulinho moves to Saxo Bank". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
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  3. ^ VeloNews | Wednesday's EuroFile: Astana 5’ cleared by Spanish courts; Landis sets post-Tour schedule | The Journal of Competitive Cycling Archived 2006-10-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "RadioShack Cycling announcements continue". Archived from the original on 2009-09-01.
  5. ^ "Sergio Paulinho snatches Tour de France stage win". BBC Sport. BBC. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-07-14.

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