Iban Mayo

Stage win Tour de France 2003 Basque Country Tour 2003

Iban Mayo Diez ( born August 19, 1977 in Igorre, Spain ) is a former Basque cyclist.


Before 2000

Before he turned pro in 2000, Mayo was already successful as an amateur.

His plans to become a professional racing cyclist, he would almost have to give up as he broke in 1996 in a car accident both legs.


After the first successes as amateur riders Mayo 2000 was professional in the Basque Euskaltel -Euskadi team of the year. A year later, Mayo first drew attention to himself with victories in the race Midi Libre and Classique des Alpes. He was regarded as a climber and won the Tour de France 2003, the mountain stage up to L' Alpe d' Huez. In the overall classification, he finished sixth in this tour.


In 2004, Mayo won after several victories in the early summer and the Dauphiné Libéré Tour, one of the most important preparatory race for the Tour de France. Among other things, he distanced Lance Armstrong in a mountain time trial up Mont Ventoux by more than two minutes.

In the Tour de France 2004 Mayo gave up after the 14th stage after he was overthrown in the first week tour and after the Pyrenees stages had almost 45 minutes behind the leader of the overall standings.

The 2005 Tour de France, he finished on the 60th place.

In the Dauphine Libere 2006 Mayo won a stage. Nevertheless, he was an ad in the 2006 Tour de France a few weeks later, totally out of shape and had the race prematurely.


2007 Mayo left the team Euskaltel -Euskadi and joined the team Saunier Duval- Prodir. He had previously rejected an offer of Euskaltel -Euskadi 2- year contract.

The spring of 2007 was sporting with little success for Mayo. However, in the early summer, he scored the Giro d' Italia a success when he won the 19th stage as an outlier of this tour. At the 8th stage of the 2007 Tour de France in July 2007, he finished at the summit finish in Tignes second place behind Michael Rasmussen.


The successes Mayos of 2007 were overshadowed by striking results of doping samples: While a substantial over- testosterone value during the Giro d' Italia by the UCI as a natural deviation Mayo organism was considered, it was announced on 30 July 2007 that he was tested in a sample of a- occurred during the second rest day of the Tour de France doping test positive for EPO. His team Saunier Duval- Prodir then suspended him immediately. Iban Mayo denied on 31 July 2007 each doping.

The Spanish cycling federation RFEC announced on 22 October 2007, the B sample was negative and closed the case against him. On the following day the Anti- Doping Administrator UCI Anne Gripper but stated that the B sample is not yet fully analyzed. The " non-negative " result of the B sample in Ghent still needs to be confirmed by an analysis of the residues of the B sample in Paris. The local laboratories would have different test routines.

The mid-December made ​​counter-analysis of the B sample, which was placed after the controversial acquittal by the Mayos RPEC from UCI, confirmed the positive A sample. Against the suspension imposed thereon of two years laid Mayo filed a complaint before the Sportsgerichthof CAS, which was dismissed on August 12, 2008. The now final doping suspension applied retroactively since 31 July 2007 which ended Mayo's Lock the end of July 2009.

Since then Iban Mayo is no longer been active in professional cycling.


  • A stage of Dauphiné Libéré
  • Grand Prix Midi Libre
  • Classique des Alpes
  • A stage and sixth overall Tour de France
  • Two stage and second overall in the Dauphiné Libéré
  • Three stages and overall victory Basque Country Tour
  • Two stages and overall victory Dauphiné Libéré
  • Asturias Tour
  • Subida al Naranco
  • Clasica Alcobendas
  • A stage of Dauphiné Libéré