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Stefan Denifl (born 22 September 1987 in Fulpmes, Austria) is a professional cyclist, who last rode for UCI Professional Continental team Aqua Blue Sport.[1]

Stefan Denifl
Stefan Denifl - Österreich-Rundfahrt 2009a.jpg
Personal information
Full nameStefan Denifl
Born (1987-09-22) 22 September 1987 (age 31)
Fulpmes, Tyrol, Austria
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Current teamAqua Blue Sport
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber/Time-Trialist
Amateur team(s)
2009Cervélo TestTeam (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2006Vorarlberger
2007–2009Elk Haus–Simplon
2010Cervélo TestTeam
2011Leopard Trek
2012Vacansoleil–DCM
2013–2016IAM Cycling
2017–2018Aqua Blue Sport
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2017)

One-Day Races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2008)

Denifl began racing in 2001 with "Team Bike Denifl" as a mountain biker. In 2003, he moved to the road, riding for "Team ÖAMTC Recheis Lattella". From 2004 he focused on road cycling. In 2005, he was signed by Heiko Salzwedel for the T-Mobile Development Programme and included his first experience with the professional cyclists. In 2006 he signed with his first UCI Continental team Vorarlberger, and from 2007 to 2009 he was part of Elk Haus–Simplon. In 2009, he rode as a trainee for Cervélo TestTeam,[2] and rode with them as a full professional the next year. In 2012 he rode for a year with Vacansoleil–DCM[3] before joining IAM Cycling the following year.[4] In October 2016 Aqua Blue Sport announced that Denifl, alongside IAM team-mate Leigh Howard, would be part of their inaugural squad for the 2017 season.[5] After Aqua Blue disbanded in the later summer of 2018, in October of that year Denifl was initially announced as a member of the CCC Team for the following season, however in December 2018 the team announced that they and Denifl had mutually agreed to cancel his contract due to personal reasons which were not specified at the time.[6].

In February 2019, Kronen Zeitung broke news that a number of professional cyclists had been implicated in the doping scandal uncovered at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Later, Denifl confessed to blood doping in a police interview[7] with CCC Team general manager Jim Ochowicz confirming that team's medical assessment of Denifl's biological passport showed no warning signs of blood doping.[8][9]

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Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2005
2nd Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
2007
9th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop U23
2008
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop U23
2009
1st   Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
7th Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
8th Overall Tour of Austria
2010
7th Overall Tour of Austria
7th Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
8th Overall Vuelta Castilla y Leon
2011
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
9th Overall Grand Prix de Wallonie
2012
5th Overall Tour du Limousin
2013
1st   Mountains classification Bayern–Rundfahrt
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
5th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
2014
7th Overall Paris–Nice
2015
1st   Mountains classification Tour de Suisse
10th Overall Tour of Austria
1st   Best Austrian Rider classification
2017
1st   Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 17 Vuelta a España

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 75 52
  Tour de France
  Vuelta a España DNF 58
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 rider roster and first races confirmed". Aqua Blue Sport. Aqua Blue Sport Limited. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Cervelo TestTeam Signs Stefan Denifl | RoadCycling.com". roadcycling.com. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Denifl and Mortensen to Vacansoleil". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  4. ^ "IAM Cycling announces 2013 roster". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Howard and Denifl headline second round of signings for Aqua Blue Sport". cyclingnews.com. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  6. ^ Hood, Andrew (24 December 2018). "Zoidl in, Denifl out in late-hour moves at CCC". VeloNews. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  7. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/denifl-confesses-to-blood-doping-in-police-interview/#disqus_thread
  8. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ochowicz-no-red-flags-in-denifls-biological-passport/
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cycling/2019/03/03/austrian-cyclist-stefan-denifl-confesses-blood-doping-police/amp/

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