Claudio Chiappucci

Claudio Chiappucci ( born February 28, 1963 in Uboldo ) is an Italian former racing cyclist. He is considered one of the best climbers in the first half of the 1990s.


Chiappucci 1995 professional cycling team at the Sporting manager Sandro Qintarella, which until 1986 was called Carrera. He remained there until his career end in 1999.

His breakthrough came in 1990 when he first mountain stage of the Giro d' Italia, the Maglia Verde won. At the Tour de France 1990, he was part of a four-man breakaway group which went out a lead of more than 10 minutes on the peloton on the first leg. He took over in the Alps on the twelfth stage, the yellow jersey of the overall leader and extended its lead as the stage winner of the summit finish of the 16th stage in Luz Ardiden. He wore the yellow jersey seven days until he lost it in the time trial penultimate stage to the eventual winner Greg Lemond and second in the tour was.

Although Chiappucci could neither win in the next few years neither the Giro d' Italia or the Tour de France, however, was as a specialist on the mountain and at stage race continues to be successful. At the Giro, it shot five times in the top five overall and won two more times the Maglia Verde.

At the Tour de France, he was third in 1991 and 1992 runner-up. Here he won the polka-dot jersey for the mountains classification winner. Spectacular it was his attack on the favorite Miguel Indurain during the 13th stage of the Tour in 1992 when he attacked 192 kilometers from the finish and was able to save a lead of 1:45 minutes to Indurain in the goal to Sestriere.

His biggest success in the one-day races he succeeded in 1991 as he was able to shake off one by one all companion a long flight at the classic Milan - Sanremo and won the race alone. In 1994 he was runner-up at the Road World Championships in Agrigento.

His aggressive driving style brought Chiappucci next two honors as the kämpferischte riders of the Tour de France and the Spanish nickname El diablo (the devil ) a.

Chiappucci used during his career, the expertise of the doctor Francesco Conconi, the doping agent EPO which was blamed for cyclists to have applied. Conconi was found for a court in Ferrara as ' morally guilty ', but not convicted of prescription entry. Basis of the complaint were medical records of 33 cyclists, including Chiappucci from the period 1993 to 1995 with large variations of the hematocrit, which was regarded as evidence of EPO use. 1997 should have Chiappucci against the investigators Vincenzo Scholastic added EPO intake but later denied this.

Success (selection)

  • A stage of Paris-Nice
  • A stage Settimana Siciliana
  • Mountain stage Giro d'Italia
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • Two stages Catalan Week
  • Milan - Sanremo
  • Vuelta al País Vasco and a stage
  • Scoring Giro d' Italia
  • A stage, mountain classification and combative rider Rochester Tour de France
  • Giro dell'Appennino
  • Giro del Trentino and a stage
  • Mountain stage Giro d'Italia
  • A stage, mountain classification and combative rider Rochester Tour de France
  • Subida a Urkiola
  • A stage Clásico RCN
  • A stage and mountains classification Giro d' Italia
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • Clasica San Sebastian
  • Coppa Sabatini
  • Japan Cup
  • Tour of Catalonia and a stage
  • Tre Valli Varesine
  • Road World Championships
  • Japan Cup
  • Giro del Piemonte
  • Escalada a Montjuïc and a stage
  • Japan Cup

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