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 44)
Kranj, Yugoslavia
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimbing specialist
Amateur teams
1994–1999Sava Kranj
1999Cucine Caneva Record
2018KK Kranj
Professional teams
2000–2003Fassa Bortolo
2004–2005Phonak
2006–2007Lampre–Fondital
2008–2010Ag2r–La Mondiale
2011Manisaspor
2013Sava
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2003, 2007)

DopingEdit

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

1994
1st Overall Giro di Basilicata
8th Road race, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1995
1st Overall Giro di Basilicata
1998
3rd GP Kranj
1999
1st Overall Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
2nd Overall Tour de Slovénie
2000
3rd Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
4th Trofeo Laigueglia
7th Tour du Haut Var
2001
5th Road race, National Road Championships
7th GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
8th Tre Valli Varesine
2002
1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
6th Overall Giro del Trentino
7th Giro dell'Appennino
10th Overall Tour de Suisse
2003
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Giro di Toscana
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
6th Giro dell'Appennino
10th Overall Tour of Belgium
10th Trofeo Matteotti
2004
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
2005
6th Overall Deutschland Tour
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
2006
8th Overall Tour of Slovenia
10th Trofeo Melinda
2007
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
3rd Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
4th Overall Paris–Nice
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
10th La Flèche Wallonne
2008
10th Overall Tour de France
2009
Voided results between 19 April and 30 September 2009.
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
2010
9th GP Lugano
9th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
2010
8th Gran Premio dell'Insubria-Lugano
9th GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2011
2nd Overall Cinturón Ciclista Internacional a Mallorca
2013
4th Overall Tour of Slovenia
5th Overall Istrian Spring Trophy
8th Overall Tour de Slovaquie
10th GP Kranj

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  Giro d'Italia 30 9 15 34 13 9
  Tour de France 17 19 9
  Vuelta a España 18 26 30
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  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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