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Filippo Pozzato
Pozzato at the 2007 Tour de France
Pozzato at the 2007 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Filippo Pozzato
Date of birth September 10, 1981 (1981-09-10) (age 28)
Country  Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (160 lb; 11.5 st)
Team information
Current team Team Katusha
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics Specialist
Professional team(s)1
2000–2002
2003–2004
2004–2006
2007–2008
2009–
Mapei-Quick Step
Fasso Bortolo
Quick Step-Innergetic
Liquigas
Team Katusha
Major wins
Tour de France, 2 Stages
Vuelta a España, 1 Stage TTT
HEW Cyclassics (2005)
Milan-Sanremo (2006)
Omloop "Het Volk" (2007)
E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (2009)
Jersey italianflag.svg National Road Race Champion (2009)
Jersey yellow.svg Tirreno-Adriatico (2003)
Jersey yellow.svg Tour du Haut Var (2007)
Infobox last updated on:
July 13, 2007

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

Filippo "Pipo" Pozzato (born September 10, 1981 in Sandrigo, Veneto) is an Italian road racing cyclist with UCI ProTour Team Katusha.

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Career

He turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei 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, and Eastern Europeans Kolobnev and Gryschenko.

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. 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-Sanremo 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, Pippo 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.

Pozzato has emerged as a threat in the northern cycling classics, finishing 13th (2006), 14th (2007), and 6th (2008) at the Tour of Flanders. His best finish at the Paris-Roubaix was 2nd in 2009. (He also delivered a respectable 15th in 2006). At the Gent-Wevelgem Pozzato finished 13th (2008) and 4th (2006). In the Het Volk he finished 6th (2003) and 1st (2007).

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.[1]

Palmares

1998
2nd Silver medal blank.svg World U19 Road Race Championship
2nd Silver medal blank.svg World U19 Teams Pursuit Championship
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World U19 Time Trial Championship
1999
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World U19 Teams Pursuit Championship
2002
1st Overall Vuelta a Cuba
1st Stage 11a
1st Giro del Lago Maggiore "GP Knorr"
1st Prologue Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 2 Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 3 Tour de Normandie
1st Stage 5 Tour de Normandie
1st Tour du Lac Léman
1st Stage 4 Tour de Slovénie
1st Stage 7 Tour de Slovénie
1st Prologue Ytong Bohemia Tour
1st Stage 1 Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stage 5 Tour de l'Avenir
2003
1st Overall, Tirreno-Adriatico
1st Stage 2
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Trofeo dell'Etna
1st Trofeo Matteotti
2004
1st Giro della Liguria
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Stage 7 Tour de France
2005
1st HEW Cyclassics
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Stage 2 Deutschland-Tour
2006
1st Milan-Sanremo
1st Stage 3 Tour of Britain
2007
1st Stage 5 Tour de France
1st Tour du Haut Var
1st Omloop "Het Volk"
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Stage 6 Tour de Pologne
1st GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2008
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
1st Overall, Giro della Provincia di Grosseto
1st Stage 1
2nd Milan-Sanremo
6th Ronde van Vlaanderen
2009
1st Jersey italianflag.svg Italian National Road Race Championship
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 Ronde van Vlaanderen
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alessandro Petacchi
Winner of Milan-Sanremo
2006
Succeeded by
Óscar Freire

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