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Viatcheslav Ekimov
Ekimov in the prologue of the 2006 Tour of California.
Ekimov in the prologue of the 2006 Tour of California.
Personal information
Full name Viatcheslav Vladimirovich Ekimov
Nickname Eki
Date of birth February 4, 1966 (1966-02-04) (age 43)
Country  Russia
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)1
1990-1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997-1998
1999
2000-2005
Panasonic
Novemail
WordPerfect
Novell
Rabobank
US Postal
Amica Chip
US Postal, Discovery Channel
Major wins
Vuelta a España, 1 stage
Tour de France, 1 stage
Züri-Metzgete (1992)
 Russia National Road Race Champion (1997)
Infobox last updated on:
September 6, 2007

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

Viatcheslav Vladimirovich Ekimov (Russian Вячеслав Владимирович Екимов; born February 4, 1966 in Vyborg near St Petersburg), nicknamed Eki, is a Russian former professional racing cyclist. An Olympic gold and silver medalist, he was awarded the title of Russian Cyclist of the Century in 2001.

Ekimov started training as a cyclist at age 12 with a bicycle school affiliated with the famous centre of Aleksandr Kuznetsov. He trained in Leningrad at Lokomotiv and later Armed Forces sports society during the Soviet era. He first competed professionally in 1990.

Ekimov won two Olympic gold medals: in the track team pursuit in Seoul (1988) for the USSR, and in an upset, in the road time trial in Sydney (2000) for Russia. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Ekimov won the silver medal for Russia in the men's road individual time trial, losing to American Tyler Hamilton. Hamilton's initial blood sample tested positive for blood doping, but the lab mistakenly froze the backup sample, rendering it unsuitable for the required second test. Though the Russian Olympic committee appealed the final standings on Ekimov's behalf, the lab's error made it impossible to definitively establish Hamilton's culpability and the American retained the gold medal. (Hamilton again tested positive a few weeks later and received a two-year competition ban.)

Ekimov joined the USPS team in 1997 as its first key international signing, briefly retiring in 2001 before rejoining the team the following year. In the 2003 Tour de France Ekimov placed 10th in the prologue. He was a key force in the winning team time trial effort in stage four and was important to Lance Armstrong's fifth Tour victory both on the flats and in the mountains. He missed the 2005 Tour de France due to injuries received in a training ride with Armstrong in Texas.[1] During the final stage of the 2006 Tour de France, now racing for the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, he announced that the 2006 Tour would be his last. He was honored by the peloton on the final stage, who allowed him to lead them over the line on the first of the eight laps of the Champs-Élysées. Ekimov started and finished 15 Tours de France, tying him with Lucien Van Impe for the second most Tour finishes.

In September 2006 he finished riding for Discovery, but stayed with the team as Assistant Directeur Sportif to Johan Bruyneel.[2] He helped guide the Discovery riders during the U.S. Pro Cycling Championships in 2006 as well as the Tour of California and the Tour de Georgia.

On 9th September it was announced he would join Team RadioShack as Directeur Sportif.

Career highlights

1988
1st Gold medal.svg Team Pursuit Cycling at the 1988 Summer Olympics
1st Overall Regio-Tour
1st Vuelta al Táchira
1st Tour de Normandie
1989
1st Circuit Franco-Belge
1990
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual Pursuit World Champion
1991
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Points Race World Champion
1st, Stage 20, Tour de France
1st Stage 3 Critérium International
1992
1st Züri-Metzgete
3rd Overall Quatre jours de Dunkerque
1st Stage 5
1993
1st Clásica de Almería
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
1994
1st Overall Vuelta Ciclista a la Communidad Valenciana
1st Stage 2
1st Overall Tour DuPont
1st Veenendaal-Veenendaal
1995
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
2nd Overall Tour DuPont
4th, Paris-Roubaix
1996
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1997
1st MaillotRusia.PNG National Road Race Champion
1st Stage 8 Paris-Nice
1st Stage 2 Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 4 Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Stage 5 Vuelta Castilla y Leon
1998
1st Stage 6 Prudential Tour
2nd Overall, Ronde van Nederland
1999
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
2000
1st Gold medal.svg Sydney Summer Olympics
1st GP Eddy Merckx
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
2001
1st Stage 5 Vuelta Ciclista a la Communidad Valenciana
2003
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
3rd, Paris-Roubaix
2004
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
2nd Overall Ronde van Nederland
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall Tour de Languedoc-Roussillon
2nd Silver medal.svg Athens Summer Olympics Men's Time Trial
5th Overall, Tour de Georgia
5th, GP Eddy Merckx
2005
1st Stage 4 (ITT), Three Days of De Panne

References

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