Abraham Olano

Abraham Olano Manzano ( born September 22, 1970 in Anoeta, Spain ) is a former Spanish professional road bicycle racer.


Olano started his professional career in 1992 as the team CHCS - Ciemar that already but broke up in early April. At the end he went as a stagiaire at Lotus - Festina. In 1993 he joined the Spanish team CLAS Cajastur Domestik as the team captain Tony Rominger.

First Major individual successes achieved Olano 1993. Way he won, among others, the Tour of Asturias and the double at the Spanish road championships ( road race and individual time trial ).

In the following years, Olano has become one of the most successful specialists in stage races and time trials. He has won numerous tours and occupied - starting with the second rank in the Vuelta a España in 1995, when he won all three time trials - a total of five podium finishes at the "Grand Tours". His greatest achievement was his victory in stage race in the Vuelta a España in 1998. During the same year, he underlined with the world champion title in the time trial his qualities in this discipline.

With a breakaway last lap of the road race of UCI Road World Championships 1995 in the Colombian Duitama Olano has achieved his greatest success with a one-day races and won 35 seconds ahead preceded his favored countryman Miguel Indurain. He benefited from this is that the competitors have concentrated on Indurain and this because of the team discipline Olano was not allowed repositioning.

At the end of the 2002 season, he finished his career at the age of 32 years.

In July 2013 Olano was accused in an investigation report of the Anti- Doping Commission of the French Senate, to be among the 60 drivers, which based on retests from 2004 Doping with the formation of blood hormone erythropoietin (short: EPO) at the Tour de France was detected in 1998. Olano denied the charges, but was released following the publication of the report of his role as Technical Director of the Tour of Spain 2013.

Palmarčs (selection)

  • Vuelta a Asturias
  • Spain Spanish Championship road race and time trial
  • Clasica Alcobendas
  • Three stages Vuelta a España
  • World Championships time trial
  • World Championships road race
  • Bicicleta Vasca
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
  • Bicicleta Vasca
  • Spain Spanish Champion time trial
  • Vuelta a España and a stage
  • World Championships time trial
  • Grand Prix Eddy Merckx
  • Vuelta a Burgos
  • A stage in the Vuelta a España
  • Critérium International
  • Tirreno- Adriatico
  • Valencia Tour
  • A stage in the Vuelta a España
  • Clasica Alcobendas

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