Stefano Garzelli

Stefano Garzelli (born 16 July 1973) is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 1997 and 2013.[1] The high point of his career was his overall win in the 2000 Giro d'Italia, after a close three-way competition with Gilberto Simoni and Francesco Casagrande.

Stefano Garzelli
Stefano Garzelli, Giro d'Italia 2014.jpg
Garzelli at the 2014 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full nameStefano Garzelli
Born (1973-07-16) 16 July 1973 (age 49)
Varese, Italy
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
1997–2000Mercatone Uno
2003–2004Vini Caldirola–So.di
2007–2012Acqua & Sapone–Caffè Mokambo
2013Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2000)
Mountains classification (2009, 2011)
9 individual stages

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (1998)
Tirreno–Adriatico (2010)


Born in Varese, Garzelli started out as being a domestique for Marco Pantani but proved in 2000 that he deserved much more. When "The Pirate" lacked form in the beginning of the 2000 Giro, Garzelli was left free of all team duties for Mercatone Uno–Albacom, and was able to fight and win his own battle in the Giro. In the final time-trial stage Garzelli took the race leadership away from Casagrande, who was suffering an inflamed sciatic nerve. Casagrande was devastated, and Garzelli dedicated his win to Pantani.

He was a versatile rider with qualities that included decent sprinting, decent time trials and some good skills in the mountains. Without being a great attacker, Garzelli was very constant and, on a good day, he could go with the best climbers.

After his win of the 2000 Giro d'Italia he was recruited by the Italian super-team Mapei–Quick-Step in 2001, aiming to repeat his 2000 Giro success. The start of the season showed promise, with Garzelli being a key player in teammate Paolo Bettini's win in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, with Garzelli himself finishing second. The finale of the race saw Bettini and Garzelli make tactical moves to benefit from each other's attacks and saw them finish the race with a comfortable margin to decide the win amongst themselves.

However, Garzelli was caught in the 2002 doping scandal in the Giro d'Italia, and was forced out of the race. Many believe that the circumstances of his suspension prompted the Mapei boss Giorgio Squinzi to terminate his sponsorship of the team at the end of the year. "The exclusion of Garzelli, who tested positive for a masking agent, wasn't a normal thing. At the start nothing was found. Later, as soon as he won a stage, a forbidden substance came out all of a sudden. That's bizarre," said Squinzi in an interview.[citation needed] In a 2011 interview the Belgian double world champion Freddy Maertens cast doubt on whether Garzelli had deliberately used the steroid masking agent concerned, the diuretic Probenecid, likening it to an incident to the 1974 world championships in which he claimed that his water bottle had been deliberately sabotaged by the soigneur of his rival Eddy Merckx.[2][3]

Garzelli was able to mount a comeback for the 2003 Giro d'Italia and was able to challenge eventual winner Gilberto Simoni in the race.

In December 2012, Garzelli signed a one-year contract with the Vini Fantini–Selle Italia team for the 2013 season,[4] and retired thereafter.[1]

He now works for RAI the Italian national broadcaster as a summariser on the Cycling programmes covered by RAIsport such as the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st Piccolo Giro di Lombardia
8th Overall Tour de Suisse
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 4 & 5
2nd Trofeo Forla de Navarra
3rd Rund um den Henninger Turm
6th Tour de Berne
1st GP Miguel Induráin
1st Stage 3 Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd À travers Lausanne
4th Milan–San Remo
5th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
6th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 18
1st GP Nobili Rubinetterie
Tour de Suisse
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stage 8
1st Stage 4 Settimana Lombarda
2nd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
6th GP Miguel Induráin
7th Milan–San Remo
10th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st Stage 5a Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 6 Tour de Suisse
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
4th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
5th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
6th Clásica de San Sebastián
6th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 3 & 7
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 1
1st   Overall Vuelta a Aragón
1st Stage 2 Tour de Romandie
4th Overall Setmana Catalana
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 19
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st   Points classification, Tour de Romandie
2nd Trofeo Melinda
4th Clásica de San Sebastián
6th Giro del Lazio
1st Rund um den Henninger Turm
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Trofeo Melinda
1st Stage 4 Tour de Luxembourg
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
4th GP Miguel Induráin
5th Road race, National Road Championships
5th Giro del Lazio
6th Milano–Torino
7th Milan–San Remo
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 14 & 16
1st Stage 3 Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2 Tour of Slovenia
4th Coppa Sabatini
7th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
8th Memorial Cimurri
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
1st Trofeo Melinda
Vuelta a Asturias
1st Stages 2a & 3
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stages 2 & 4
2nd Overall Vuelta a Murcia
2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
3rd Subida al Naranco
3rd Coppa Sabatini
5th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Giro di Lombardia
8th Coppa Bernocchi
10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
10th Giro del Lazio
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Trofeo Melinda
3rd Overall Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
3rd Clásica de Almería
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Mountains classification
9th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Trofeo Laigueglia
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 16 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
1st   Mountains classification, Giro d'Italia
7th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
4th Tour Méditerranéen
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Giro d'Italia 9 21 DNF 1 DNF DNF 2 6 DNF 16 7 DNF 26 108
  Tour de France 32 14 DNF 32 55
  Vuelta a España 11
Major stage race general classification results
Race 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Paris–Nice did not contest during his career
  Tirreno–Adriatico 3 13 16 19 2 1 79 27 79
  Volta a Catalunya DNF DNF
  Tour of the Basque Country 50 48 37 45 9 56 63
  Tour de Romandie 41 DNF 29 23
  Critérium du Dauphiné did not contest during his career
  Tour de Suisse 8 1 36 23 27
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Garzelli's career celebrated at Tre Valli Varesine". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Freddy Maertens interview". 25 November 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Has cycling's cleanest team been the victim of a drug fit-up?". The Guardian. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Garzelli signs with Vini Fantini-Selle Italia for one year". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.

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