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Michele Bartoli : biography

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Michele Bartoli (born 27 May 1970, in Pisa) is a retired Italian road racing cyclist. He was a single-day race specialist, winning three of the five Monument races. Bartoli won the UCI Road World Cup in 1997 and 1998.


Bartoli turned professional in 1992 with and in 1995 moved to the MG-Technogym team of Giancarlo Ferretti. In 1998, Bartoli signed for Asics. In summer 1998, Bartoli joined Mapei. After the Tour de France, won by Marco Pantani, Mapei showed interest in contracting Pantani, and Asics went for another sponsor, but Bartoli left and joined Mapei from 1999 to 2001.

In 1997 and 1998, Bartoli won UCI Road World Cup. From 10 October 1998 to 6 June 1999, Bartoli led the UCI Road World Rankings. During these years, Bartoli was helped by Paolo Bettini, with whom Bartoli had worked in the MG-Technogym and Asics teams. Bettini kept improving. After a crash in the 1999 Tour of Germany, Bartoli was injured and Bettini rose to prominence, winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège. From that moment, both demanded a leading role. Although they worked together at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the feud culminated in the 2001 world championship during which the two refused to collaborate, which contributed to Óscar Freire of Spain winning the world title.

Bartoli left Mapei to re-join Ferretti at Fassa Bortolo for 2002-2003. In 2004, Bartoli moved to Team CSC. In the 2004 Tour de France, Bartoli abandoned in the 18th stage, after being called back by manager Bjarne Riis from a break to protect his captain Ivan Basso. Bartoli stopped racing after completing 2004 injured. He said: "I just wasn't motivated to continue...I can't be a top level rider any more and that was a major influence on my decision, rather than my recent physical problems."

Bartoli was one of the most successful classics riders of his time. He won a variety of classics, starting with the Tour of Flanders and Omloop "Het Volk" in 1996 and 2001 respectively, and hilly races such as Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 1997 and 1998, Züri-Metzgete in 1998, La Flèche Wallonne in 1999, and the Amstel Gold Race in 2002. He won the Giro di Lombardia in 2002 and 2003. He was national champion in 2000, and won short stage races such as the Tirreno–Adriatico, Tour de Reggio Calabria and Three Days of De Panne.

In the world championship he finished third in 1996 and 1998.

After-cycling career

In 2005 Bartoli gave his name to the Granfondo Michele Bartoli in the province of Lucca, with the start and finish in his hometown Montecarlo. Bartoli is, with former cyclists Francesco Casagrande and Maximilian Sciandri, instructor of the Campagnolo Passion 2 Ride.


1st Overall, Semaine Sicilienne
1st Stages 1
1st Stages 5
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Criterium d'Abruzzo
1st GP Pino Cerami
1st, Stage 14, Giro d'Italia
1st Overall, Three Days of De Panne
1st Stages 1
1st Stages 2
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st GP de Fourmies
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st Tour of Flanders
1st Stage 1 Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Stage 5 Tirreno–Adriatico
Champion UCI Road World Cup
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Rund um den Henninger-Turm
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Stage 4, Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 5, Tour Méditerranéen
Champion UCI Road World Cup
Champion UCI Road World Cup
1st Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Giro della Romagna
1st Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau
1st Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Züri-Metzgete
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 2 Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 6 Tour Méditerranéen
1st Overall Three Days of De Panne
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stage 4 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 2, Vuelta a Andalucía
1st GP Ouest-France
1st Grand Prix de Camaiore
1st Omloop "Het Volk"
1st Amstel Gold Race
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Milano–Torino
1st Stage 2 Giro della Provincia di Lucca
1st Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Stage 3, Tour de Wallonie
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