Filippo Pozzato

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Filippo Pozzato
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Pozzato at the 2016 Grand Prix de Denain
Personal information
Full nameFilippo Pozzato
The Peacock of Sandrigo
Born (1981-09-10) 10 September 1981 (age 38)
Sandrigo, Italy
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2002 Mapei–Quick-Step
2003–2004 Fassa Bortolo
2005–2006 Quick-Step–Innergetic
2007–2008 Liquigas
2009–2011 Team Katusha
2012 Farnese Vini–Selle Italia
2013–2015 Lampre–Merida
2016–2018 Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2004, 2007)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2010)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2008)

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico (2003)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2009)
Milan–San Remo (2006)
GP Ouest–France (2013)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (2009)
Omloop Het Volk (2007)
HEW Cyclassics (2005)

Filippo "Pippo" Pozzato (born 10 September 1981) is an Italian former road racing cyclist, who rode professionally between 2000 and 2018 for the Mapei–Quick-Step, Fassa Bortolo, Quick-Step–Innergetic, Liquigas, Team Katusha, Lampre–Merida, and two spells with the Farnese Vini–Selle Italia/Wilier Triestina–Selle Italia teams. [1]


A northern classics specialist, Pozzato finished in second place at both the 2009 Paris–Roubaix and the 2012 Tour of Flanders. Pozzato finished a total of 37 Monument classics, including a victory in the 2006 Milan–San Remo; he finished second in the race in 2008 as well. Pozzato also won stages at the 2004 Tour de France, the 2007 Tour de France and the 2010 Giro d'Italia, and was the winner of the 2009 Italian National Road Race Championships.



Born in Sandrigo, Veneto, Pozzato turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei–Quick-Step cycling team, part of the famous classe di '81 a group of emerging young riders born in 1981 who were part of the Mapei TT3 development team. Other alumni include Fabian Cancellara and Bernhard Eisel, Alexandr Kolobnev and Gryschenko.

Fassa Bortolo

After Mapei ended its sponsorship in 2002 Pozzato joined Giancarlo Ferretti's Fassa Bortolo cycling team. Despite his win of Tirreno–Adriatico in 2003 and a stage win in the 2004 Tour de France, personality clashes with Ferretti meant that Pozzato suffered poor years with Fassa Bortolo in 2002–2004. During this period he was injured for some time and had to work for star sprinter Alessandro Petacchi at other times.

During the 2004 season he was chosen to be part of the Italian 2004 Olympics team in support of team leader Paolo Bettini who went on to win the event.

Quick Step–Innergetic

He re-established contact with several managers and directeurs sportif of Quick-Step–Innergetic. The Quick Step-Innergetic team expressed interest and Pozzato was able to obtain a release for the 2005 ProTour season, joining several former Mapei riders already on the team, such as Paolo Bettini and Davide Bramati.

The 2005 ProTour season went better for Pozzato, with a win in the HEW Cyclassics in front of teammate Luca Paolini.

The 2006 season saw him win the first major classic of the year Milan–San Remo after a superb ride which saw him first work for team leader Tom Boonen, but then was forced to launch his own winning attack in the finale.


For the 2007 season, Pozzato joined the Liquigas squad, and began his season in style, winning the Tour du Haut Var, the Omloop Het Volk and Stage 5 of the Tour de France.

Team Katusha

In 2009 he won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen. His results show experience, comfort, and power on the cobblestones and on the Belgian hills ("hellingen"). In aftermath of his 2nd place in the 2009 Paris–Roubaix, Pozzato claimed that when avoiding a crash of Thor Hushovd he lost 4 or 5 seconds and the chance for victory. He also suggested that Boonen benefited from the slipstream of official motorcycles to augment his lead. [2]

In 2010 he has been accused by several riders, including Bjorn Leukemans, Boonen and Philippe Gilbert for his "negative tactics" during key races. This resulted in the nickname "The Shadow". [3]


In 2013, Pozzato earned his first victory of the year in the Trofeo Laigueglia, held in Liguria, Italy on mainly narrow, twisting and turning roads. His team Lampre–Merida reeled in the breakaway and controlled the front of the leading group when Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini–Selle Italia) attacked with 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to cover, with Pozzato jumping in his slipstream. The sprint was contested by 4 riders, Pozzato getting the best of them. This marked Pozzato's third win in the event, a record in the race's history. [4] In September, he raced the GP Ouest-France and despite not being a top favourite, he won the race, becoming just the fifth Italian to do that.

Southeast Pro Cycling

In 2016 Pozzato joined the Italian-based Southeast Pro Cycling Team. In December 2018 he announced his retirement from competition. [5]

Doping ban

In 2012, Pozzato was banned from cycling for three months by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) after it was found that he had worked with infamous doctor Michele Ferrari from 2005 to 2008. CONI had looked to ban him for a year but were forced to reduce it to a three months thanks to a technicality. [6]

Career achievements

Major results

UCI Junior Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time trial
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Junior Track World Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team pursuit, UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Vuelta a Cuba
1st Stage 11a
Tour de Normandie
1st Prologue, Stages 2, 3 & 5
Tour of Slovenia
1st Stages 4 & 7
Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 1 & 5
1st Duo Normand (with Evgeni Petrov)
1st Gran Premio Brissago
1st Tour du Lac Léman
1st Prologue Ytong Bohemia Tour
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Giro dell'Etna
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Giro della Liguria
1st HEW Cyclassics
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Stage 2 Deutschland Tour
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Stage 3 Tour of Britain
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Omloop Het Volk
1st Tour du Haut Var
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
1st Stage 6 Tour de Pologne
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2nd Milan–San Remo
6th Tour of Flanders
1st Jersey italianflag.svg Road race, National Road Championships
1st E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Memorial Cimurri
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
4th Paris–Tours
5th Tour of Flanders
5th Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Stage 12 Giro d'Italia
4th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
7th Paris–Roubaix
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
5th Milan–San Remo
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2nd Tour of Flanders
6th Milan–San Remo
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st GP Ouest–France
2nd Roma Maxima
2nd Coppa Bernocchi
3rd Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
3rd Tre Valli Varesine
2nd Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
4th Dwars door Vlaanderen
7th Overall Giro di Toscana
8th Milan–San Remo
9th Gran Piemonte
8th Tour of Flanders

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 20042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Jersey pink.svg Giro d'Italia 84 DNF 45 DNF 120 115 104
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de France 116 133 DNF 67 100
Jersey red.svg Vuelta a España DNF DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Monuments results timeline

Milan–San Remo DNF 63 1 19 2 22 29 5 6 33 30 41 8 31 52
Tour of Flanders DNF 109 43 13 14 6 5 2 44 17 12 75 8
Paris–Roubaix DNF 15 35 49 2 7 DNF DNF 22 50 65
Liège–Bastogne–Liège DNF DNF DNF
Giro di Lombardia DNF 42 19 DNF DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

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