Serhiy Honchar

Serhiy Gonchar (Ukrainian: Сергій Гончар; born 3 July 1970) is a Ukrainian former professional road racing cyclist. He is a former world time trial champion (2000). Due to a temporary spelling error in his passport, he is often incorrectly called Honchar.[1]

Serhiy Gonchar
Serhiy Honchar.jpg
Gonchar in 2011
Personal information
Full nameSerhiy Gonchar
Born (1970-07-03) 3 July 1970 (age 49)
Rivne, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTime trialist
Professional teams
1996Ideal
1997Aki
1998Cantina Tollo–Alexia Alluminio
1999Vini Caldirola
2000–2001Liquigas
2002Fassa Bortolo
2003–2005De Nardi-Colpack
2006–2007T-Mobile Team
2008Preti Mangimi
2009Team Utensilnord
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 stages
Giro d'Italia
5 stages

Stage races

Ronde van Nederland (1999)
Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda (2000, 2001)

One-day races and Classics

Chrono des Herbiers (1997, 1998, 1999)
Grand Prix des Nations (1999)
World Time Trial Champion (2000)
National Road Race Champion (2003)
National Time Trial Champion (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)

CareerEdit

Gonchar failed a blood health check in the 1999 Tour de Suisse, and was removed from the race. Even though it was only a health check, and not a doping offence, the Tour de France organisation still decided to ban his Vini Caldirola team from the 1999 Tour de France.[2]

In the 2006 Tour de France, Gonchar lead the general classification after a time-trial win in stage 7. In time trialing, Gonchar rocks the top of his body to get the most out of a big gear. He beat Landis, Zabriskie, Lang, Rogers, Kloden, Evans and various others in the individual time trials in the 2006 Tour de France.

On 11 May 2007, Gonchar was suspended for 30 days by his T-Mobile team, following blood tests taken at Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Tour de Romandie. On 19 June 2007, the T-Mobile team announced the termination of his contract.

When Gonchar was not able to find a new team in 2010, he retired.[3]

Major resultsEdit

1996
  National Time Trial Champion
1997
1st Chrono des Herbiers
2nd   World Time Trial Championship
1st stage 18 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
1st stage 5 (ITT) Tour de Suisse
1998
  National Time Trial Champion
1st stage 3b (ITT) Ronde van Nederland
1st stage 3b (ITT) Four Days of Dunkirk
3rd   World Time Trial Championship
10th overall Giro d'Italia
1st stage 21 (ITT)
1st Chrono des Herbiers
1999
1st Ronde van Nederland
1st stage 3b (ITT)
7th overall Giro d'Italia
1st stage 18 (ITT)
1st Coppa delle Nazioni – Memorial Fausto Coppi
1st Grand Prix des Nations
1st Chrono des Herbiers
2000
  National Time Trial Champion
1st   World Time Trial Championship
1st overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st stage 2
9th overall Giro d'Italia
1st Coppa delle Nazioni – Memorial Fausto Coppi
2nd Chrono des Herbiers
2001
1st overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st stage 3
4th overall Giro d'Italia
2nd overall Ronde van Nederland
1st stage 4 (ITT)
  National Time Trial Champion
3rd Chrono des Herbiers
2002
3rd overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
1st Coppa delle Nazioni – Memorial Fausto Coppi
  National Time Trial Champion
2003
8th overall Giro d'Italia
1st stage 21 (ITT)
  National Road Race Champion
3rd overall Ronde van Nederland
3rd Grand Prix des Nations
2004
2nd overall Giro d'Italia
1st stage 13 (ITT)
2005
1st stage 3 Giro del Trentino
6th overall Giro d'Italia
3rd Giro del Veneto
2006
2nd overall Circuit de la Sarthe
Giro d'Italia
Leader of the general classification (after stages 5 and 7)
Tour de France
52nd general classification
Leader of the general classification (after stages 7–9)
1st stage 7 (ITT)
1st stage 19 (ITT)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General

Serhiy Honchar at Cycling Archives

Specific
  1. ^ http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/riders/2006/interviews/?id=gonchar_post_tour06
  2. ^ "Vini Caldirola now out of Tour". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 19 June 1999. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ Haake, Bjorn (19 February 2010). "Gonchar retires set to lead Ukrainian National Team". Velonation.