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The Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré is the only race to have been won by all of the cyclists who have won the Tour de France five times over. It continues to have a magical effect throughout the world.

As it approaches its 60th edition, it is just as appealing as ever. Although “the Dauphiné “, as it is sometimes called, passes through idyllic scenery, it has built its reputation on its history. Sixty years of success, filled with emotions and history, which have seen the greatest names in cycling compete against each other on the alpine slopes. Lance Armstrong and other cyclists before him said this about the race: “It is the greatest race in the world after the Tour de France. And when we consider that the greatest champions have won the race, at least once, we feel obliged to perform just as well as them… “

Since 1947, the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré has continually been developed and become more attractive. It constantly fosters warm friendships, and also acts a breeding ground for solidarity, and finally provides us with one souvenir after another. For all of those who are enthusiasts of cycling and especially of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, the “History” section contains all of the race’s information and standings. You will also discover the great saga of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré through its great winners, from Klabinski in 1947 to Moreau in 2007, the stop-over towns, the records, as well as many statistics

From its second edition onwards, the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré was very keen to reward the best climber. Here is the complete list of the winners since 1948.

2008 Pierre ROLLAND
2006 Christophe MOREAU
2004 Michael RASMUSSEN
2003 Iban MAYO
2002 Dariusz BARANOWSKI
2000 Inigo CUESTA
1999 Wladimir BELLI
1997 Udo BOLTS
1996 Richard VIRENQUE
1995 Richard VIRENQUE
1994 Pascal HERVÉ
1993 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1992 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1991 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1990 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1989 Robert MILLAR
1987 Felix Raphael CARDENAS
1986 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1984 Bernard HINAULT
1983 Pascal SIMON
1982 Jean-René BERNAUDEAU
1981 Bernard HINAULT
1980 Christian SEZNEC
1979 Bernard HINAULT
1977 Lucien VAN IMPE
1976 Lucien VAN IMPE
1975 Lucien VAN IMPE
1974 Raymond POULIDOR
1973 Luis OCANA
1972 Luis OCANA
1971 Luis OCANA
1970 Jean-Claude GENTY
1969 Roger PINGEON
1965 Angelino SOLER
1963 Federico BAHAMONTES
1962 Federico BAHAMONTES
1960 Jean DOTTO
1959 Marcel ROHRBACH
1958 Marcel ROHRBACH
1957 Louis ROSTOLLAN
1955 Maurice LAMPRE
1954 Pierre MOLINERIS
1953 Charly GAUL
1951 Pierre MOLINERIS
1950 Kléber PIOT
1949 José SERRA
1948 Jean ROBIC

The points classification, created in 1955, generally concerns the fastest road sprinters. But sometimes the overall winner of the “Dauphiné” also receives this award as he regularly features on the daily standing for the five best cyclists of the race. Here is the complete list of the winners since the race was created:

2008 Alejandro VALVERDE
2007 Alexandre VINOKOUROV
2006 Francisco MANCEBO
2005 Lance ARMSTRONG
2004 Stuart O’GRADY
2003 Iban MAYO
2002 Bradley MCGEE
2001 Glenn MAGNUSSON
2000 Tyler HAMILTON
1999 Alexandre VINOKOUROV
1998 Christophe MOREAU
1997 Viatcheslav EKIMOV
1996 Miguel INDURAIN
1992 Luc LEBLANC
1991 Viatcheslav EKIMOV
1990 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1989 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1988 Acacio DA SILVA
1987 Thierry CLAVEYROLAT
1986 Jean-Claude LECLERQ
1985 Phil ANDERSON
1984 Stephen ROCHE
1983 Phil ANDERSON
1982 Sean KELLY
1981 Bernard HINAULT
1980 Johan VAN DER VELDE
1979 Bernard HINAULT
1977 Patrick SERCU
1976 Gerard VIANEN
1975 Freddy MAERTENS
1974 Domingo PERURENA
1973 Cyrille GUIMARD
1972 Cyrille GUIMARD
1971 Frans VERBEECK
1969 Jan JANSSEN
1966 Lucien AIMAR
1965 Jan JANSSEN
1964 Arie DEN HARTOG
1962 Marcel DE MULDER
1961 Fernand PICOT
1960 Robert CAZALA
1958 Jean GRACZYK
1957 Michel VAN AERDE
1956 Stan OCKERS
1955 René PRIVAT


Posted in Giro d'Italia by lagazzettadellabici on May 31, 2009

List of Giro d’Italia champions since 1946
1946 Vasco Bergamaschi (Italy)
1947 Fausto Coppi (Italy)
1948 Fiorenzo Magni (Italy)
1949 Coppi
1950 Hugo Koblet (Switzerland)
1951 Magni
1952 Coppi
1953 Coppi
1954 Carlo Clerici (Switzerland)
1955 Magni
1956 Charly Gaul (Luxembourg)
1957 Gastone Nencini (Italy)
1958 Ercole Baldini (Italy)
1959 Gaul
1960 Jacques Anquetil (France)
1961 Arnaldo Pambianco (Italy)
1962 Franco Balmamion (Italy)
1963 Balmamion
1964 Anquetil
1965 Vittorio Adorni (Italy)
1966 Gianni Motta (Italy)
1967 Felice Gimondi (Italy)
1968 Eddy Merckx (Belgium)
1969 Gimondi
1970 Merckx
1971 Gosta Petterson (Sweden
1972 Merckx
1973 Merckx
1974 Merckx
1975 Fausto Bertoglio (Italy)
1976 Gimondi
1977 Michel Pollentier (Belgium)
1978 Johan de Muynck (Belgium)
1979 Giuseppe Saronni (Italy)
1980 Bernard Hinault (France)
1981 Giovanni Battaglin
1982 Hinault
1983 Saronni
1984 Francesco Moser (Italy)
1985 Hinault
1986 Roberto Visentini (Italy)
1987 Stephen Roche (Ireland)
1988 Andrew Hampsten (U.S)
1989 Laurent Fignon (France)
1990 Gianni Bugno (Italy)
1991 Franco Chiocciolo (Italy)
1992 Miguel Indurain (Spain)
1993 Indurain
1994 Eugeni Berzin (Russia)
1995 Tony Rominger (Switzerland)
1996 Pavel Tonkov (Russia)
1997 Ivan Gotti (Italy)
1998 Marco Pantani (Italy)
1999 Gotti
2000 Stefano Garzelli (Italy)
2001 Gilberto Simoni (Italy)
2002 Paolo Savoldelli (Italy)
2003 Simoni
2004 Damiano Cunego (Italy)
2005 Savoldelli
2006 Ivan Basso (Italy)
2007 Danilo Di Luca (Italy)
2008 Alberto Contador (Spain)
2009 Denis Menchov (Russia)

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Final stage results:

Ignatas Konovalovas, Cervelo
Bradley Wiggins, Garmin, at 0.01
Edvald Boasson Hagen, Columbia, at 0.07
Yaroslav Popovych, Astana, at 0.11
Marzio Bruseghin, Lampre, at 0.16

Maglia Rosa podium:
Denis Menchov, Rabobank
Danilo Di Luca, Lpr, at 0.41
Franco Pellizotti, Liquigas, at 1.39

Other jerseys:
Stefano Garzelli, KOM
Danilo Di Luca, Points
Kevin Seeldrayers, Young Rider

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2009 Dauphiné Libéré: This race starts one week from today.

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on May 30, 2009

My cycling history

Posted in Giro d'Italia by lagazzettadellabici on May 30, 2009


Sunday 31 may 2009
21st stage: Rome (individual time trial)

Rome is a truly extraordinary setting for the final stage of the centenary Giro d’Italia. With its incredible history and universal heritage that is recognised and admired the world over, the Eternal City is a fitting backdrop for the end of this year’s ‘corsa rosa’. A parade of priceless monuments with unique significance that will undoubtedly spur on all competitors to produce their very best.

The race finishes with a 15.5 km individual time trial that starts and ends in Via dei Fori Imperiali, in Piazza del Colosseo. Unlike the ferocious and aggressive gladiators of Roman times, these “gladiators” on two wheels will offer a spectacle high on technical skill and speed, with the linear route – suitable for the sprinters – taking in roads and sites that reflect all the prestige of the Italian capital. The course remains largely flat right the way through.

A simple list of some of the locations along the route is enough to bring a flood of historical and artistic references to mind: Via dei Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia, Via del Quirinale, Via 20 Settembre, Porta Pia, Corso Italia, Via Vittorio Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Via Due Macelli, Piazza di Spagna, Via del Babuino, Piazza del Popolo, Ponte Regina Margherita, Via della Conciliazione, Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere dei Mellini, Piazza Venezia again, Piazza del Campidoglio, Via del Teatro Marcello, Piazza Bocca della Verità, Via del Circo Massimo, Viale Aventino, Via di San Gregorio, Piazza del Colosseo and the finish back in Via dei Fori Imperiali. It is a time trial through ancient and modern history, not just that of Italy but of the entire world: history that cannot be found elsewhere.

Rome hosted a stage at the first Giro with the Naples-Rome stage won by Luigi Ganna. In 1910 it was won by Pavesi, in ’11 it was won by Corlaita (the final stage of the Giro won by Carlo Galetti), and in ’12 the stage was cancelled due to a route error. In 1913 victory went to Santhia, in ’14 and ’19 it was Girardengo, in ’20 Belloni (also overall winner), in ’21 Annoni, in ’22 Linari, in ’23 Girardengo, in ’24 Gay, in ’25 and ’26 Girardengo, in ‘27 Binda, in ’28 Piemontesi, in ’29 Binda, in ’30 Guerra, in ’31 Meini, in ’32 Guerra, in ’33 Cipriani, in ’34 and ’35 Guerra (Giro winner in 1934), in ’36 Olmo, ’37 Di Paco, ’38 Cinelli, ’39 Bizzi, ’40 Adolfo Leoni, ’46 Bertocchi, ’47 and ’50 (end of the Giro won by Koblet) Oreste Conte, ’48 Casola, ’49 Ricci, ’51 Menon, ’52 Belgian Keteleer, ’53 Minardi, ’54 Albani, ’55 and ’58 Nencini, ’59 Rik Van Looy, ’61 Giusti, ’66 the late lamented Raffaele Marcoli, and ’68 Dalla Bona. In 1974 the Giro begun in the Vatican with the blessing of Giovan Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI, and was won in Formia by the unheralded Wilfried Reybrouck ahead of De Vlaeminck and Sercu. Swiss Urs Freuler did the double in 1982 and 1989. In the Jubilee year of 2000 the Giro once again begun in Rome, and was granted a special audience by Pope John Paul II. The powerful Jan Hruska took the spoils in the preliminary time trial.

One thing is certain: whoever wins the 2009 Giro d’Italia won’t be able to celebrate their victory in better surroundings.

A magnificent conclusion to the first hundred years of the race, the sturdy foundations on which to construct the next hundred and more years of the emotion-packed and thrilling event that is, and will be, the Giro d’Italia.

Posted in Giro d'Italia by lagazzettadellabici on May 30, 2009


Stage 20: Napoli – Anagni, 203km
1. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) Silence-Lotto
2. Thomas Voeckler (France) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
3. Stefano Garzelli (Italy) Acqua & Sapone
4. Allan Davis (Australia) Quick Step
5. Sebastien Hinault (France) AG2R
6. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Liquigas
7. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) Columbia-Highroad
8. Giovanni Visconti (Italy) ISD
9. Simon Gerrans (Australia) Cervelo
10. Serge Pauwels (Belgium) Cervelo

1. Denis Menchov (Russia) Rabobank
2. Danilo Di Luca (Italy) Liquigas at 20sec
3. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Liquigas
4. Carlos Sastre (Spain) Cervelo
5. Ivan Basso (Italy) Liquigas
6. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
7. Stefano Garzelli (Italy) Acqua & Sapone
8. Michael Rogers (Australia) Columbia-Highroad
9. Tadej Valjavec (Slovenia) AG2R
10. Marzio Bruseghin (Italy) Lampre

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