Franco Pellizotti

Franco Pellizotti

Pellizotti at the 2009 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Franco Pellizotti
Nickname Pello,
Il Delfino
Born (1978-01-15) 15 January 1978
Latisana, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Team information
Current team Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
2001–2004 Alessio
2005–2010 Liquigas–Bianchi
2012– Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2006, 2008)

Stage races

Settimana Coppi e Bartali (2005)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2012)
Infobox last updated on
29 April 2014

Franco Pellizotti (born 15 January 1978 in Latisana, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for the Androni Giocattoli–Sidermec team.[1]


Pellizotti is known as a climbing specialist and won Stage 10 in the 2006 Giro d'Italia, Stage 16 in the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Stage 17 in the 2009 Giro d'Italia. After finishing third overall in the 2009 Giro, he won the polka dot jersey in Paris as the best climber of the 2009 Tour de France, as well as named the Most Combative (Aggressive) Rider on Stages 9 and 17. At the start of each race, Pellizotti can be seen making the sign of the cross and kissing a crucifix around his neck.

Pellizotti at the 2009 Giro d'Italia

On 3 May 2010, Pellizotti's name was released by La Gazzetta dello Sport as being one of several riders under investigation by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for "irregular blood values". Pellizotti was reported to have had "suspicious values" on the eve of the 2009 Tour de France and request has been made by the UCI for investigation.[2] This was confirmed later that day in a UCI press release.[3] He was due to be one of Liquigas–Doimo' team leaders at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, but was immediately pulled from the squad and replaced with Vincenzo Nibali. His team said they have faith in the explanation put forward by Pellizotti and are conducting a further investigation.[4] Shortly after the end of the season, the suspension was lifted on the grounds of lack of evidence, and Pellizotti declared a wish to seek financial redress from the UCI.[5] Liquigas–Doimo declined to re-sign Pellizotti after the 2010 season. Pellizotti's case reached the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March 2011. After asking the court for a speedy verdict, he was suspended for two years after it upheld the UCI's appeal. His ban lasted until May 2012. The Court also annulled all results from 17 May 2009, meaning that Pellizotti lost a stage win and third place overall in the Giro d'Italia and a stage win and overall victory in the mountains and combativity classifications in the Tour de France.[6]

Following the conclusion of his ban, Pellizotti signed with the Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela team.[7][8]

In August 2013, it was announced that after two years with Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela, Pellizotti was to join Astana for the 2014 season.[9] However, Pellizotti would have only been able to compete from May 2014 due to Astana being a member of the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible (MPCC),[10] and that Pellizotti had previously served a two-year ban for a UCI biological passport violation.[11] Further talks between Pellizotti and Astana resulted in his contract with the squad being nullified,[12] and Pellizotti was able to return to Androni Giocattoli–Venezuela for a third season, in 2014.[13]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Tour de Frioul
1st Stage 6 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 5 Tour de Pologne
2nd Milano–Torino
3rd Grand Prix de Larciano
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Gran Premio di Chiasso
2nd Coppa Sabatini
2nd Tour de Frioul
1st Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 2
2nd Trofeo Laigueglia
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2nd Milano–Torino
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 10
10th Clásica de San Sebastián
1st Memorial Marco Pantani
5th Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3
1st Points classification
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tour de Pologne
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 16
2009 (results annulled)
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 17
37th Overall Tour de France
1st Mountains classification
Super-combativity award
1st National Road Race Championships
2nd Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
3rd Overall Giro di Padania
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
4th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
5th Circuito de Getxo
2nd Overall Route du Sud
4th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
4th Coppa Sabatini
4th Giro dell'Emilia
5th Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato
6th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
6th Tre Valli Varesine
8th Giro di Lombardia
8th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
10th Milano–Torino
3rd Coppa Sabatini
3rd Giro dell'Emilia
6th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
9th Overall Giro del Trentino
10th Trofeo Laigueglia
4th Giro dell'Appennino[14]
6th Gran Premio di Lugano[15]
7th Giro dell'Emilia
7th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
9th Overall Herald Sun Tour
7th Coppa Sabatini

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro - 16 8 11 - 8 9 4 DSQ - - - 11 12 24 -
Yellow jersey Tour - - 75 - 47 - - - DSQ - - - - - - -
red jersey Vuelta 20 - - - - - 37 - - - - - - - - -

Withdrew = WD; In progress = IP; Voided results = struck through.


  1. "Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela (AND) – ITA". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. "Pellizoti Out of the giro due to biological passport findings".
  3. "UCI Confirm Pellizoti investigation".
  4. "Liquigas put faith in Pellizotti".
  5. Franco Pellizotti cleared to race Cycling News October 2010
  7. Brown, Gregor (1 May 2012). "Savio defends Pellizotti's Androni signing after ban". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  8. "Pellizotti signs for Androni-Venezuela". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  9. "New riders at Astana Pro Team". Astana. Abacanto SA. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  10. Farrand, Stephen (1 August 2013). "Astana's decision to sign Pellizotti goes against MPCC rules". Future plc. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  11. Farrand, Stephen (28 October 2013). "Astana accept Pellizotti cannot race until May 2014". Future plc. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  12. "Astana and Franco Pellizotti part ways". Future plc. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  13. "Pellizotti to remain part of Androni Venezuela after Astana deal fell through". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  14. "Fraile wins Giro dell'Appennino". 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  15. "Bonifazio fastest in GP Lugano". 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.

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