Óscar Pereiro

Winner of 2006 Tour de France Stage win Tour de France 2005 Stage win Tour de Suisse 2003

Óscar Pereiro Sio ( born August 3, 1977 in Pontevedra, Galicia ) is a retired Spanish road bicycle racer and current football players. His greatest achievement was the victory at the Tour de France 2006.

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Early years

Early in his career, cycling Pereiro was primarily focused on cross-country race. He was third at the 1997 Spanish Junior Championship Cross and was even able to win this one year later. In the 1999 season he finished second in the Elite race of the National Championship for Crosser. Pereiro due to lack of qualifications for other professions to become professional cyclist Finally decided.


Pereiro was in 2000 when professional small Portuguese team Porta da Ravessa. In his first year he was third in the small Portuguese race GP Sports Noticias and came in second in the junior rating of Portugal Tour. His first professional win then succeeded him in 2001 on the third leg of the GP RLVT In addition, he still reached in the same season, two more second places with small stage race in Portugal and was second overall in the GP Matosinhos.

After two years he moved to the top team Phonak and came in larger races used. Phonak boss Andy Rihs had previously Álvaro Pino entrusted with the direction of the team. Pino came as Pereiro from the province of Pontevedra and offered Pereiro a contract to which this signing. He won a stage of the Catalan Week and finished in eleventh place in the Giro d' Italia, his first three-week tour, where he once was sixth - stages as well. These results surprised the to 2002 not particularly sporty appearance came in Pereiro itself at the end of the season he also took part in the Vuelta a España, where it was two more top ten result on various sections out, the race but did not finish. In advance of the tour he had already achieved a third place in the Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia.

The following year, Pereiro proved his climbing and time handling in the Tour de Suisse, where he finished second in the prologue, won a mountain stage and was third in the overall standings. He also reached the second place in the Tour of Burgos and was 17 at the Vuelta a España, the first time he drove to the end of this year and where he drove out two ranks tenth stage.

2004 Tyler Hamilton came as captain for the Tour de France for the Phonak team. From later because of blood doping disabled Americans Pereiro could abschauen many subtleties in terms of training, nutrition and racing performance of a team captain. Pereiro succeeded in the same year by a victory in the heavy Classique des Alpes, and shortly thereafter in his first Tour de France participation a good tenth place due to its steady way in, because he has not worked out the placement as by a gain in time by a successful breakaway. In addition, even jumped out a sixth place in the prologue and two more stages - top ten results in the biggest race in the world.

In early 2005 denied Pereiro again cross-country race and won such a Spanish- Mos. Also the start of the road season started with a third place promising in the mountains classification of Paris - Nice. End of April 2005 Pereiro won the prologue of the Tour de Romandie, where he finished seventh and finished second in the points classification; in the Basque Country Tour, he reached the sixth place. With the Phonak team Pereiro drove to second place at Pro Tour team time trial. During the 2005 Tour de France he lost on the part of the day to Courchevel seven minutes, he was on the 15th section by a successful attack to make up for five minutes and a day later win the 16th stage after a new breakaway. After another successful breakaway which ended with fourth days, he once again took tenth place in the overall standings, which was improved by subsequent disqualification of Jan Ullrich in 9th, and received the award of the most aggressive rider. He also finished second in the Mountains classification. Even after the tour he went out with criteria in the Netherlands and France podium ranks. His season he finally ended with the Vuelta a España. After a tenth place on the ninth stage he missed four days later the victory by four seconds over Samuel Sánchez. It was followed by two eighth and a fifth stage space. Finally, he finished the Tour of Spain as the 25th


For the 2006 season Pereiro left to become the Phonak team on helpers for Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne, although he had never owned a contract with Team Phonak in 2006. Again, the emphasis should be for the Spaniard the Tour de France. But Captain Valverde broke at the beginning of the tour collarbone. Thus Pereiro and Vladimir Karpets should lead the remaining team. Quite surprisingly, he conquered at the end of the 13th stage of the yellow jersey Floyd Landis and was behind the German Jens Voigt, second in the stage. He benefited from this is that the leading in the standings Landis did not look at him as a contender for the overall win and the breakaway group to Pereiro with 29 minutes left projection arrive in Montelimar. Pereiro lost the yellow jersey after the 15th stage again at Landis, but took it back to the 16th stage to La Toussuire, as Landis forces experienced a slump. Pereiro defended until the final time trial the yellow jersey thanks to a seventh stage rank in Morzine, where he had again Landis, who was considered the much better time trialist leave, even though he was in fourth a very good performance. However, it was announced on 27 July 2006 that Pereiros friend Floyd Landis tested positive for testosterone during the Tour. Therefore, Landis was on 21 September 2007 but stripped of his title and Pereiro subsequently declared to Tour winner in 2006. In a modest ceremony him the yellow jersey was presented in Madrid in 2007. In the final phase of the most successful season for him the career Pereiro was still standing at the Vuelta a España at the start and was with Caisse d'Epargne second in the opening team time trial. The year he graduated with a second place and two wins from at criteria in Spain.

On 18 January 2007 the French newspaper Le Monde reported in its online edition that Oscar Pereiro was tested after the 14th and 16th stage of the 2006 Tour de France positive on salbutamol. However, it did provide an exemption that he had to take for health reasons the agent is included in most asthma drugs. This exemption, however, was now being challenged by the French anti-doping agency AFLD. The AFLD had been since August 2006 Pereiro repeatedly written to be submitted with the request the medical documentation to remove all doubt. The Pereiro was not claimed and the AFLD wanted to open disciplinary proceedings against him, he should not have the documents submitted by the 25th of January. The disciplinary procedure could have led to a ban on all French races, but also for the subsequent disqualification of the Tour de France 2006. But on January 26, explained the AFLD that she had set all the investigations against Pereiro after receiving the documents. Sporty contrast Pereiro completed a good season. After winning the team time trial of the Tour of Catalonia with his team Pereiro revealed with a second place in the stage Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré his good form before the upcoming Tour de France. According to an eighth and a ninth stage rank he was the third time in tenth at the biggest race in the world. After the tour he reached beside a third place on a part of the day second overall of the Tour du Limousin. The following Vuelta a España he had to give up, however, after the eighth day.

In advance of the next Tour de France was Pereiro third in the Spanish Championship. According to a tenth and a sixth stage rank during the tour itself Pereiro broke in a bad fall the arm, collarbone and shoulder. He had fallen on the descent from Col d' Agnello over a balustrade and flew several meters through the air on the road including running. Due to his injuries, Pereiro had to do without any training for five months.

After this accident Pereiro was never the same. In the 2009 season he was indeed a victory in the team time trial in the Mediterranean cruise and a fourth stages - and eighth place overall at the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe drive out, but in the Tour de France showed his accident-related deficits: as the nominal captain of Caisse d' Epargne he had no chance of victory or a front position in the overall standings and got out after seven sections. He was then released from Caisse d' Epargne, his career seemed to be terminated early.

But in 2010 showed once again the opportunity to drive for the Pro Team Astana as a helper for Tour winner Alberto Contador. Pereiro contested the Tour of Catalonia, which he finished in 19th place. For the Tour de France but he was not nominated. The season finale in Valencia criterion was indeed dedicated Pereiro, but after an operation on the wrist he could not attend and said goodbye in civil from cycling. After end of his career as an active driver Pereiro will comment for the Spanish broadcasting the Vuelta.

Football career

On 10 December 2010 Pereiro announced a remarkable sports comeback. He signed a contract as a professional football player in the Spanish Segunda División B at the Galician club Coruxo FC. He founded the sensational step so that it had always been his dream to be a professional footballer. 19 December 2010 he celebrated in the second team of Coruxo his football debut and declared afterwards that he hoped to be used in the professional team in 2011.



  • A stage Grande Premio R.L.V.T.


  • A stage Catalan Week


  • A stage in the Tour de Suisse


  • Classique des Alpes
  • 10th place overall Tour de France


  • A stage of Tour de Romandie
  • Most Combative rider, 9th place overall and a Tour de France


  • Appreciation of the Tour de France


  • A stage Tour of Catalonia ( team time trial )
  • 10th place in the overall standings of the Tour de France
  • A stage Mediterranean itinerary ( team time trial )

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