Yaroslav Popovych

Yaroslav Popovych

Popovych at the 2009 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Yaroslav Popovych
Born (1980-01-04) 4 January 1980
Drohobych, Ukraine
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
Team information
Current team Trek–Segafredo (manager assistant)
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2002–2004 Landbouwkrediet–Colnago
2005–2007 Discovery Channel
2008 Silence–Lotto
2009 Astana
2010–2011 Team RadioShack
2012–2016 RadioShack–Nissan[1]
Major wins

Tour de France

1 individual stage + 2 TTT
Young rider classification (2005)

Paris–Nice, 1 stage (2007)
Volta a Catalunya (2005)

U-23 UCI Road World Championships (2001)
Infobox last updated on
5 January 2014

Yaroslav Popovych (Ukrainian: Ярослав Попович, born 4 January 1980) is a retired[2][3] Ukrainian cyclist. Since 2012 till 2016 he rode with the UCI ProTour team Trek–Segafredo.[4] He was born in Drohobych, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Under-23 road race champion in 2001, Popovych turned professional in 2002 with Landbouwkrediet–Colnago, where he performed particularly strongly in the Giro d'Italia, finishing third in 2003. Upon joining Discovery Channel in 2005, his focus switched to the Tour de France, where he won the young riders' classification in 2005 and won stage 12 in 2006. When Discovery Channel folded at the end of 2007, Popovych moved to Silence–Lotto in 2008 and on to Astana in 2009. Popovych also raced for Team RadioShack in 2010 and 2011.


Early years

He was considered one of the most promising cyclists while riding in junior and under-23 races after catching 35 victories in 2000 and 2001.[5] He won the Under-23 Men's road race in the 2001 UCI Road World Championships after finishing second the previous year. He also won the Paris–Roubaix edition for under-23 riders and palio del recioto.[5] The Ukrainian turned pro in 2002 by joining the Belgian team Landbouwkrediet–Colnago and delivered some strong showings, most notably in the Giro d'Italia where he finished third in 2003 and fifth in 2004, when he wore the pink jersey during three stages.

Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

He joined the Discovery Channel in 2005 and he was considered as a possible successor to Lance Armstrong as team leader. In this same year, Popovych took one of his best victory by winning the Volta a Catalunya, which is an important race before the Tour de France. Along with the rest of the Discovery team, he won stage four team time trial in the 2005 Tour and showed his potential by winning the young rider classification of the 2005 Tour de France while helping Lance Armstrong win his seventh Tour de France.

In the 2006 Tour de France, Popovych was considered one of the Discovery Channel team's four leaders, along with José Azevedo, Paolo Savoldelli and George Hincapie.[6] After failing to be among the best for the overall classification in the Pyrenees mountain stages, Popovych won stage 12 by repeatedly attacking his fellow break-away compatriots Alessandro Ballan, Óscar Freire and Christophe Le Mével. During 2006 season he also won stages at the Vuelta a Castilla y León and Tour de Georgia, where he finished third.[7]

Popovych mainly worked as a domestique during 2007 season, aiding Alberto Contador to win Paris–Nice and Tour de France. Early in the season, he won the fifth stage in the 2007 Paris–Nice after attacking 33 kilometers from the finishing line.[8] He was considered as the team leader for 2007 Giro d'Italia, but he withdrew in the twelfth stage after suffering two crashes in the race. In the 2007 Tour de France, he finished eighth while working for Discovery Channel team-mates Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer.[9]

Silence-Lotto (2008)

In 2008, Popovych moved to Silence–Lotto squad after Discovery Channel announced that it would cease operations at the end of 2007.[9]

Popovych was recruited as a domestique member of the 2008 Silence Lotto Tour De France team primarily to support lead rider Cadel Evans, but had a rather disappointing year, with only a 3rd place in Paris–Nice to show for. At the end of the year, it was announced he would team up with his former Discover manager Johan Bruyneel again in 2009, joining the new Astana Team.

Astana (2009)

In 2009, Popovych and Lance Armstrong joined the Kazakh-based cycling squad Astana, where many other former Discovery Channel riders and staff are also under contract. Popovych acted as a domestique for Alberto Contador in Paris–Nice, finishing 23rd himself.

On 15 October 2009 it was reported that Popovych will move to Team RadioShack for the 2010 season.[10]

Popovych leads the Astana team in the chase over Patterson Pass during Stage 3 of the 2009 Tour of California.

Team RadioShack (2010)

In 2010 Popovych followed many former Astana riders to the newly created American based squad Team RadioShack.

Doping allegations

In January 2011 Popovych was incriminated in the Floyd Landis doping allegations against U.S. Postal Service cycling team, after Sports Illustrated magazine reported that in November 2010 his property in Tuscany had been searched by Federal Officials who discovered drug testing documents, medical supplies and performance-enhancing drugs as well as evidence of links to controversial Italian physician Michele Ferrari.[11] Later that day Popovych denied the allegations.[12] The 2012 USADA Report later tied him directly to going to training camps set up by Ferrari and performing blood transfusions while a part of the Discovery team.[13][14]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Under-23 World Road Race Championships
4th GP Open Campania
9th GP Citta di Napoli
1st Porec Trophy II
1st GP de Genève
3rd Porec Trophy III
4th Overall Brixia Tour
5th Porec Trophy I
6th Overall Tour de Wallonie
9th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
10th Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
5th Overall Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
6th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
7th Giro della Provincia di Lucca
9th Giro della Liguria
10th Giro dell'Emilia
1st Trofeo Androni Giocattoli
5th Overall Giro d'Italia
Held Maglia Rosa for Stage 13–16
8th Overall Regio-Tour
9th Overall Tour of Austria
10th Firenze–Pistoia
1st Overall Volta a Catalunya[15]
4th LUK Challenge Chrono Bühl
12th Overall Tour de France
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 4 (TTT)
1st Stage 12 Tour de France
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Vuelta a Castilla y León
3rd Overall Tour de Georgia
1st Stage 2
4th GP Ouest-France
1st Stage 5 Paris–Nice
8th Overall Tour de France
Stage 9 Combativity award
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
9th Gent–Wevelgem

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Giro 12 3 5 - - WD - 15 - 63 - 133 - - -
Tour - - - 12 25 8 24 41 85 WD 76 - - - -
Vuelta - - - - - - 52 - - - - 85 115 132 -



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