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Óscar Pereiro
Oscar Pereiro Sio.jpg
Personal information
Full name Óscar Pereiro Sio
Date of birth August 3, 1977 (1977-08-03) (age 32)
Country  Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)1
2000–2001
2002–2005
2006–2009
2010–
Porta da Ravessa
Phonak
Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
Astana
Major wins
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svg Overall classification (2006)
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award (2005)
1 Stage

Tour de Suisse, 1 Stage

Infobox last updated on:
July 27, 2009

1 Team names given are those prevailing
at time of rider beginning association with that team.

Óscar Pereiro Sio (born August 3, 1977 in Mos, Galicia) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer best known for winning the 2006 Tour de France after the original winner, Floyd Landis, was disqualified for failing a series of doping tests. Pereiro currently rides for the Astana cycling team. He is a former member of the Portugal-based team Porta da Ravessa (2000 to 2001) and the Swiss-based team Phonak Hearing Systems (2002 to 2005).

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Early career

Pereiro placed tenth in the 2004 Tour de France, 22 minutes 54 seconds behind Tour winner Lance Armstrong. He was awarded the Most Aggressive Rider Award in the 2005 Tour de France after powering the winning breakaways in Stages 15, 16 and 18. He was the Stage 16 winner - just edging out Spain's Xabier Zandio, Italy's Eddy Mazzoleni and Australia's Cadel Evans. His efforts on Stage 15, the toughest stage of the Tour, were highly admired by the peloton. He finished second that day to Discovery Channel's George Hincapie after "pulling" for most of the final climb up the Pla D'Adet.

Pereiro was considered a leader on Phonak along with Landis and Santiago Botero in 2005 - his last year riding for the team.

2006 Tour de France

Pereiro rode a Pinarello Dogma FP bike throughout the 2006 Tour de France. His breakaway Stage 13 second-place finish (just behind Germany's Jens Voigt) gained him almost 30 minutes on most of the General Classification leaders and propelled him into an unexpected yellow jersey. He traded the overall lead back and forth with Floyd Landis over the next few days before finally losing it to him for good on the second to last day of the Tour.

After hearing of Landis' positive "A" test, Pereiro stated that it was only an initial, unconfirmed result and he would not yet consider Landis guilty or himself the Tour winner. "I have too much respect for Landis to do otherwise", he said.[1] After hearing that the Landis "B" test also came back positive, Pereiro stated that he now considers himself Tour champion and the Landis scandal should not diminish his own achievement. "Right now I feel like the winner of the Tour de France", Pereiro said. "It's a victory for the whole team."[2]

On September 20, 2007, Landis was found guilty of doping and ordered that he forfeit his 2006 Tour de France victory, making Pereiro the official winner.[3]

Doping investigation

Pereiro in 2009

On January 18, 2007, French newspaper Le Monde reported that Pereiro also tested positive during the 2006 Tour de France. It is alleged that salbutamol was found in two urine samples, produced after stages 14 (Montélimar - Gap, in which Pereiro finished 26th) and 16 (Bourg-d'Oisans - La Toussuire, 3rd place).[4] In the latter stage, Pereiro retook the yellow jersey from Landis.

Salbutamol is commonly used to treat asthma symptoms, and is allowed to be used in cycle racing if the cyclist can provide a medical prescription for the substance. It is alleged that the International Cycling Union gave Pereiro retroactive permission to use the substance on medical grounds after the positive tests. The French anti-doping agency questions the veracity of the medical grounds. It demanded that Pereiro verify the grounds for the use of salbutamol within a week.

On January 25, 2007, France's anti-doping agency dropped its investigation, saying Pereiro provided sufficient justification for use of the asthma medication.[5]

Crash in 2008 Tour de France

On July 20 during the 15th stage of 2008 Tour de France, Pereiro crashed at the 89 kilometre mark over a guardrail just prior to a hairpin turn during the descent of the Col Agnel landing on the other side of the turn, which meant the end of the tour for him.[6][7] Initially, he was thought to have broken his femur and arm, but later it was learned that this was not the case. He suffered a broken arm but never lost consciousness and was taken to a nearby hospital in Cuneo.[8] During this Tour, Pereiro was working for Caisse d'Epargne team captain Alejandro Valverde but when it became clear in the Pyrenees that Valverde had lost too much time, he and Valverde managed to maintain placings in the top 20 riders.

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Palmarès

1998
1st  Spain U23 Cyclo-Cross Champion
2001
1st Stage 3 Grande Premio
2002
1st Stage 5 Setmana Catalana
11th Overall Giro d'Italia
2003
1st Stage 6 Tour de Suisse
2004
1st Classique des Alpes
10th Overall Tour de France
2005
1st Prologue Tour de Romandie
10th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 16
Jersey red number.svg Winner Combativity Competition
2006
1st Overall Jersey yellow.svg Winner Overall Classification Tour de France
2007
1st Stage 1 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya TTT
2nd Stage 7 Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall Tour du Limousin
10th Overall Tour de France
2008
3rd Spanish National Road Race Championships

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Óscar Pereiro
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Personal information
Full name Óscar Pereiro Sio
Date of birth August 3, 1977 (1977-08-03) (age 33)
Country
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Caisse d'Epargne
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2000–2001
2002–2005
2006–
Porta da Ravessa
Phonak
Caisse d'Epargne
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 stage
Combativity competition (2005)

File:Jersey2006 Tour de France

Infobox last updated on:
September 21, 2007
Óscar Pereiro is a cyclist from Spain. He was born on 3 August 1977. He came second in the 2006 Tour de France. On 20 September 2007 he was declared the winner because Floyd Landis was found guilty of doping.

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