Tadej Valjavec

Tadej Valjavec (born 13 April 1977 in Kranj) is a Slovenian former professional road bicycle racer, who last competed for the Sava team. He is well known as a good climber due to his rides on mountain stages in the Giro d'Italia. Although he has achieved relatively few professional wins in his career, he has consistently performed well in the Grand Tours, with three top ten and four further top 20 finishes.

Tadej Valjavec
Tadej Valjavec (Tour de France 2007 - stage 8).jpg
Valjavec at the 2007 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameTadej Valjavec
Born (1977-04-13) 13 April 1977 (age 43)
Kranj, Yugoslavia
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Professional teams
2000–2003Fassa Bortolo
2008–2010Ag2r–La Mondiale
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2003, 2007)


On 4 May 2010 Valjavec's name was released as being one of several riders under investigation by the UCI for "irregular blood values".[1] He was provisionally suspended by Ag2r-La Mondiale and pulled from their squad for the impending Giro d'Italia. Team manager Vincent Lavenu stated that should the Slovenian cycling federation sanction him, he would be fired.[2] Valjavec has proclaimed his innocence and claimed an unreported illness is responsible for the values.[3] On 30 July the Slovenian federation officially cleared Valjavec, criticizing the usage of the biological passport in this case stating that it failed to take into account the possible natural reasons for Valjavec's irregular levels. The UCI will likely appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[4]

On 22 April 2011 The Court of Arbitration for Sport set aside the decision to exonerate the athlete from any doping offense and imposed a two-year ban on him starting on 20 January 2011, as well as the disqualification of all his results obtained between 19 April and 30 September 2009.[5]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Member Summer Olympics Road Race
4th Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st   National Cycling Championships Road Race
4th, Overall, Tour de Romandie
5th Overall Tour de Suisse

9th Overall Giro d'Italia

25th Summer Olympics Road Race
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta ciclista del Sol
2nd Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st   National Cycling Championships Road Race
4th Overall Paris–Nice
10th La Flèche Wallonne
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
13th Overall Giro d'Italia
10th Overall Tour de France
35th Summer Olympics Road Race
Voided results between 19 April and 30 September 2009.
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
9th GP lugano
9th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
2nd Overall Cinturón Ciclista Internacional a Mallorca
5th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
8th Overall Tour de Slovaquie
4th Overall Tour of Slovenia
10th GP Kranj

Tour de France recordEdit

Giro d'Italia recordEdit

  • 2004: 9th overall
  • 2005: 15th overall, 2nd Stage 14 (Queen stage) and 5th Stage 13
  • 2006: 34th overall
  • 2008: 13th Overall, 10th Stage 15 and 9th Stage 20
  • 2009: 8th overall

Vuelta a España recordEdit


  1. ^ "UCI Confirm Valjavec investigation". Uci.ch. Archived from the original on 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  2. ^ "Ag2r team manager furious with Valjavec". Cyclingnews.com. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  3. ^ "Valijavec Claims Innocence". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  4. ^ "Valjavec cleared by Slovenian anti-doping agency". Cyclingnews.com. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  5. ^ [1] Archived April 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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