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Abraham Olano
Personal information
Full name Abraham Olano Manzano
Date of birth January 22, 1970 (1970-01-22) (age 39)
Country  Spain
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-trialist
Amateur team(s)1
Kauku, AVSA
Professional team(s)1
1992
1992
1993
1994–1997
1997–1998
1999–2001
CHCS
Lotus
CLAS Cajastur
Mapei
Banesto
ONCE
Major wins
MaillotMundial.PNG Time Trial World Champion (1998)
MaillotMundial.PNG Road Race World Champion (1995)
Spain Spanish National Road Race Champion (1994)
Spain Spanish National Time Trial Champion (1994, 1998)
Jersey gold.svg Vuelta a España (1998) and 5 stages
Tour de France, 1 stage
Infobox last updated on:
20 February 2009

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

Abraham Olano Manzano (born on January 22, 1970 in Anoeta),Gipuzkoa is a Spanish Basque former professional road racing cyclist. His crowning achievement came in 1995 when he became World Road Champion. In 1998 he won the World Time Trial Championship.

Contents

Amateur career

Olano started racing 11 years old at the Oria Cycling school, and already at junior level he won several races.[1] Later, Olano went to track racing. He became Spanish Champion in persecution (together with Etxegoyen, Pérez and Juárez), in the 1 km with standing start and in sprint.[1] In road racing, he started as an amateur for Kauku and AVSA. He was specialized in sprinting.

Professional career

In 1992, Olano started his professional career at CHCS. This team shortly after disbanded, and he moved to Lotus. With Lotus, Olano won his first professional race, the Gran Premio de Villafranca de Ordizia in Gipuzkoa.[1]

In 1993, Olano switched to CLAS Cajastur, which was later merged with Mapei. Here, he started to win important races, such as the Vuelta a Asturias and the Spanish National Road Race Championships, both in road race and time trial. In 1995, Olano won the World Cycling Championship in Colombia, ahead of his compatriot Miguel Indurain. He also won three stages in the 1995 Vuelta a España.[1]

Olano was seen by many supporters as the successor to five-times Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain. In 1996, Olano established his abilities in stage races, as he won the Tour de Romandie and finished third in the 1996 Giro d'Italia (leading the race at the second to last day) and finishing ninth in the 1996 Tour de France. In the 1996 Olympic Games, he won the silver medal in the time trial.[1] In 1997, Olano finished fourth in the 1997 Tour de France. In 1998, he again became world champion, this time in the time trial. He won his only grand tour, the 1998 Vuelta a España.[1]

In 1999, Olano switched to the Spanish ONCE team. He remained there until the end of his career in 2001. His biggest achievement in those years was the 2nd place in the 2001 Giro d'Italia.[1]

After his cycling career

Olano is one of the people responsible for designing stages for the Vuelta a España.[1] In November 2006 he ran the San Sebastian marathon in a time of 2:39:19.

Major achievements

1994
Spain Winner, Spanish National Road Race Championships
Spain Winner, Spanish National Time Trial Championships
Clásica de Alcobendas
Vuelta a Asturias
1995
MaillotMundial.PNG Winner, Road Race World Championship
Vuelta a España:
Winner 3 stages
2nd place overall classification
1996
Giro d'Italia:
3rd place overall classification
Tour de France:
9th place overall classification
Tour de Romandie
Tour of Galicia
1997
Tour de France:
4th place overall classification
winner 1 stage
Bicicleta Vasca
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1998
MaillotMundial.PNG Winner, Time Trial World Championship
Spain Winner, Spanish National Time Trial Championships
Vuelta a España:
Jersey gold.svg Winner
Won 1 stage
Bicicleta Vasca
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1999
Vuelta a España:
Winner 1 stage
Vuelta a Burgos
2000
Vuelta a España:
Winner 1 stage
Tirreno-Adriatico
Critérium International
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
2001
Giro d'Italia:
2nd place overall classification
Clásica de Alcobendas

External links

References

Preceded by
Laurent Jalabert
World Time Trial Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Jan Ullrich
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Abraham Olano
Personal information
Full name Abraham Olano Manzano
Date of birth January 22, 1970 (1970-01-22) (age 40)
Place of birth Anoeta, Spain
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-trialist
Amateur team(s)
Kaiku, AVSA
Professional team(s)
1992
1992
1993
1994–1997
1997–1998
1999–2001
CHCS
Lotus
CLAS Cajastur
Mapei
Banesto
ONCE
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
1 Stage
Vuelta a España
General Classification (1998)
Combination Classification (1973)
5 Stages

Single-Day Races and Classics

[[File:|20px]] Road World Championship Time Trial (1998)
Road Race World Champion (1995)
Spanish National Road Race Champion (1994)
Spanish National Time Trial Champion (1994, 1998)
Infobox last updated on
20 February 2009

Abraham Olano Manzano (born on January 22, 1970 in Anoeta, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish Basque former professional road racing cyclist. His crowning achievement came in 1995 when he became World Road Champion. In 1998 he won the World Time Trial Championship.

Contents

Amateur career

Olano started racing 11 years old at the Oria Cycling school, and already at junior level he won several races.[1] Later, Olano went to track racing. He became Spanish Champion in persecution (together with Etxegoyen, Pérez and Juárez), in the 1 km with standing start and in sprint.[1] In road racing, he started as an amateur for Kauku and AVSA. He was specialized in sprinting.

Professional career

In 1992, Olano started his professional career at CHCS. This team shortly after disbanded, and he moved to Lotus. With Lotus, Olano won his first professional race, the Gran Premio de Villafranca de Ordizia in Gipuzkoa.[1]

In 1993, Olano switched to CLAS Cajastur, which was later merged with Mapei. Here, he started to win important races, such as the Vuelta a Asturias and the Spanish National Road Race Championships, both in road race and time trial.

In 1995, Olano won the World Cycling Championship in Colombia, ahead of his compatriot Miguel Indurain, and won three stages in the Vuelta a España.[1] Olano was seen by many supporters as the successor to five-times Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain.

Olano established his abilities in stage races in 1996; he won the Tour de Romandie, finished third in the Giro d'Italia (leading the race at the second to last day), and finished ninth in the Tour de France. He also won the silver medal in the time trial at the 1996 Olympic Games.[1]

Olano finished fourth in the 1997 Tour de France.

In 1998, he again became world champion, this time in the time trial, and won his only grand tour, the Vuelta a España.[1]

In 1999, Olano switched to the Spanish ONCE team and remained there through the end of his career in 2001. His highest achievement in that period was 2nd place in the 2001 Giro d'Italia.[1]

After his cycling career

Olano is one of the people responsible for designing stages for the Vuelta a España.[1] In November 2006 he ran the San Sebastian marathon in a time of 2:39:19.

Major achievements

1994
Winner, Spanish National Road Race Championships
Winner, Spanish National Time Trial Championships
Clásica de Alcobendas
Vuelta a Asturias
1995
Winner, Road Race World Championship
Vuelta a España:
Winner 3 stages
2nd place overall classification
1996
Olympic Games
2nd place ITT
Giro d'Italia:
3rd place overall classification
Tour de France:
9th place overall classification
Tour de Romandie
Tour of Galicia
1997
Tour de France:
4th place overall classification
winner 1 stage
Bicicleta Vasca
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1998
Winner, Time Trial World Championship
Winner, Spanish National Time Trial Championships
Vuelta a España:
Winner
Won 1 stage
Bicicleta Vasca
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
1999
Vuelta a España:
Winner 1 stage
Vuelta a Burgos
2000
Vuelta a España:
Winner 1 stage
Tirreno–Adriatico
Critérium International
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
2001
Giro d'Italia:
2nd place overall classification
Clásica de Alcobendas

External links

References

Template:Vuelta a España winners Template:UCI Road World Champions – Men's road race Template:UCI Road World Champions – Men's time trial


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