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Paolo Savoldelli
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Personal information
Full name Paolo Savoldelli
Nickname Il Falco ("the falcon")
Date of birth May 7, 1973 (1973-05-07) (age 36)
Country  Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)1
1996–1997
1998–2001
2002
2003–2004
2005–2006
2007
2008–
Rosslotto
Saeco
Index-Alexia Alluminio
Team Telekom
Discovery Channel
Astana
LPR Brakes-Ballan
Major wins
Giro d'Italia (2002, 2005), 3 stages
Tour de France, 1 stage
Tour de Romandie (2001)
Infobox last updated on:
January 2, 2008

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

Paolo Savoldelli (born May 7, 1973 in Clusone, province of Bergamo) is an Italian former road racing cyclist and winner of the 2002 and 2005 Giro d'Italia.

Savoldelli is a climber but known for his fast downhill riding. He is nicknamed Il Falco ("the falcon"). His downhill skills won him the 2005 Giro. His descent of the Colle delle Finestre before the final ascent to Sestriere in the penultimate stage, closed a gap to Gilberto Simoni, preserving his lead and giving him the win.

On July 20, 2005, Savoldelli won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, becoming only the second teammate of Lance Armstrong to win an individual stage during Armstrong's seven Tour de France wins. He led Astana in the 2007 Giro d'Italia, but worked for team-mate Eddy Mazzoleni.

Palmarès

1997 – Rosslotto
Hofbrau Cup
1998 – Saeco
Giro del Trentino – 1st overall; 1 stage win
1999 – Saeco
Giro d'Italia – 2nd overall; 1 stage win
Giro del Trentino – 1st overall; 1 stage win
Trofeo Laigueglia – 1st overall
2000 – Saeco
Tour de Romandie – 1st overall; 1 stage win
Giro del Trentino – 1 stage win
2001 – Saeco
Tour de Romandie – 2 stage wins
2002 – Index-Alexia Aluminio
Giro d'ItaliaJersey pink.svg1st Overall
2005 – Discovery Channel
Giro d'ItaliaJersey pink.svg1st overall; Stage 11 win
Tour de France – Stage 17 win
2006 – Discovery Channel
Tour de Romandie – Prologue ITT win
Giro d'Italia – Prologue ITT win; 5th overall
2007 – Astana
Tour de Romandie – 2nd overall; Prologue ITT win
Giro d'Italia – Stage 20 ITT win

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