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Vladimir Alexandrovich Karpets (Russian: Владимир Александрович Карпец) (born 20 September 1980 in Leningrad) is a Russian road bicycle racer, who last rode for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.[1] Karpets is most notable for winning the white jersey for best young rider in the 2004 Tour de France[2] and his victories in the overall classifications of the Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Suisse, both in 2007. Karpets is also a two-time Olympian.

Vladimir Karpets
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Personal information
Full nameVladimir Alexandrovich Karpets
Born (1980-09-20) 20 September 1980 (age 39)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb; 12.4 st)
Team information
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
2009–2011Team Katusha
2012–2013Movistar Team
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Young rider classification (2004)

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (2007)
Tour de Suisse (2007)

Born in Leningrad, Karpets turned to cycling and, like fellow Russian Denis Menchov before him, moved to Spain where he joined

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Karpets competed on the track in the men's team pursuit where Russia got eliminated in the quarter-finals by Great Britain and took eighth.[3] He also participated in the men's individual pursuit competition, finishing 11th.[4] At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he competed in the men's road race, helping his fellow countryman Alexandr Kolobnev to a place of tenth.[5]

In the 2004 Tour de France, he used his strong time trialing abilities to defeat Thomas Voeckler in the youth classification on the penultimate stage.[2] In the 2005 season, he was not at the same level in the Tour de France, but nevertheless managed a top ten placing in the Giro d'Italia. In 2007 he won stage 1 at Vuelta a Castilla y León and took the overall victory at the Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Suisse.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit


2nd Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
2nd Overall Troféu Joaquim Agostinho
3rd Overall Volta ao Alentejo
Tour de France
Held   after Stages 4–6
1st   Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
1st   Young rider classification Tour de France
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
8th Overall Volta a Catalunya
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st   Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León
7th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
3rd Time trial, National Road Champonships
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
5th Overall Tour de Suisse
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
2nd Time trial, National Road Champonships

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Giro d'Italia 7 22 14 153
  Tour de France 100 13 50 30 14 13 DNF 28 53
  Vuelta a España 8 7 13 42
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Karpets to Movistar, Bruseghin extends". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Armstrong makes history". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 July 2004. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres". Sports Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres". Sports Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. ^ Tim Maloney (14 August 2004). "Bettini unbeatable for Athens Gold". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  6. ^ Vladimir Karpets – Russia at

External linksEdit

  Media related to Vladimir Karpets at Wikimedia Commons