Michele Bartoli

Michele Bartoli

Bartoli at the 2009 Tour of Flanders
Personal information
Full name Michele Bartoli
Born (1970-05-27) 27 May 1970
Pisa, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1992–1995 Mercatone Uno–Medeghini–Zucchini
1996–1997 MG-Technogym
1998 Asics
1999–2001 Mapei-Quick Step
2002–2003 Fassa Bortolo
2004 Team CSC
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
2 stages (1994, 1998)

Stage races

Driedaagse van De Panne (1995, 1998)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1999)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2000)
Giro di Lombardia (2002, 2003)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (1997, 1998)
Tour of Flanders (1996)
La Flèche Wallonne (1999)
Amstel Gold Race (2002)
Rund um den Henninger-Turm (1997)
Brabantse Pijl (1994, 1999)
Giro dell'Emilia (1996, 2002)
Züri-Metzgete (1998)
GP Ouest-France (2000)
Omloop Het Volk (2001)
Milano–Torino (2002)
Giro del Lazio (2003)


UCI Road World Cup (1997, 1998)

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


Bartoli turned professional in 1992 with Mercatone Uno–Medeghini–Zucchini 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.[1]

Bartoli at the 1997 Paris–Tours

In 1997 and 1998, Bartoli won the UCI Road World Cup.[2][3] From 10 October 1998 to 6 June 1999, Bartoli led the UCI Road World Rankings.[4] 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.[5]

Bartoli left Mapei to re-join Ferretti at Fassa Bortolo for 2002-2003. In 2004, Bartoli moved to Team CSC.[6] 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.[7] Bartoli stopped racing after completing 2004 injured.[8] 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."[9]

Bartoli was one of the most successful classics riders of his time.[10] 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.


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.[11] Bartoli is, with former cyclists Francesco Casagrande and Maximilian Sciandri, instructor of the Campagnolo Passion 2 Ride.[12]

Major results


  1. "Bartoli and Asics - divorce!". cyclingnews.com. 23 November 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  2. UCI Road World Cup 1997 results
  3. UCI Road World Cup 1998 Final standings
  4. Historic data of the World Rankings & World Cup Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "Men's World Champion profile: Paolo Bettini". Tour de France blog. 23 July 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  6. "CSC Ready for Winning Season". CSC. 17 January 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  7. "Stage 18 underway". Tour de France blog. 9 April 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  8. "Team CSC's Bartoli Ends His Cycling Career". CSC. 24 November 2004. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  9. "All hail to the warrior. Michele Bartoli bows out of cycling". cyclingnews.com. 9 April 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  10. "New tricks for an experienced pro". cyclingnews.com. 9 April 2004. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  11. Official Granfondo Michel Bartoli site Archived 22 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. Instructors of Passion2Ride Archived 3 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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