Yaroslav Popovych

Appreciation Tour of Catalonia 2005 Young Classification Tour de France 2005

Yaroslav Popovych (Ukrainian Ярослав Попович, scientific transliteration Jaroslav Popovyč; born January 4, 1980 in Drohobytsch ) is a Ukrainian cyclist.


Prior to joining the professionals went Popovych in the years 2000 and 2001 in the age group U23 for the Italian cycling team Vellutex - Zoccorinese, the sports director Olivano Locatelli had discovered him in 1999 Popowytschs first participation in the Giro della Valle d' Aosta. During this time he won 37 races. Among his most important successes in the age group U23 count the wins at Paris -Roubaix ( U23 ), the Giro delle Regioni, the Giro della Valle d' Aosta region and the road race in the U23 at the UCI Road World Championships 2001 in Lisbon.

In 2002, Popovych signed with GS / II team Landbouwkrediet - Colnago his first professional contract and could occupy the twelfth place at his first participation in the Giro d' Italia. Then in 2003 he succeeded to the third place a podium finish in his second participation in the Giro d' Italia. The following year, he finished the Giro d' Italia in fifth and wore three days the Maglia Rosa.

For the 2005 season, signed Popovych together with his friend and teammate Volodymyr Bileka a contract with the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team. He was one of the helpers of Lance Armstrong in his last - now for doping but knew - Tour de France victory, and could be ranked twelfth in the standings and the white jersey of best young rider in the rating in this first part. Even dated one of his biggest successes of the 2005 season: In May, he won the overall classification of the Tour of Catalonia itself.

In the 2006 Tour de France he went first as captain at the start, but could not repeat the performance from the previous year and was only 25th overall. He could at least win the 12th stage. Furthermore, in 2006, he succeeded each win a stage at the Vuelta a Castilla y León and the Tour de Georgia, which he was able to finish third in the overall standings.

During the 2007 season, Popovych rode mainly as helpers: he supported his teammate Alberto Contador in his victories overall in Paris- Nice, where could win a stage Popovych itself, and at the Tour de France, which he in 8th place overall could finish. He started this season even as captain of his team at the Giro d' Italia, but retired after the 12th stage, as he had to suffer the consequences of two falls.

With the start of the 2008 season Popovych moved to the Belgian team Silence-Lotto, but was able to record except the third place in the overall standings of Paris -Nice, no significant success for themselves in the course of the season; In addition, he has been criticized mainly for the lack of support of his captain Cadel Evans during the 2008 Tour de France. This led towards the end of the season to rumors, Popovych wanted to end at the end of his career, but he denied; at the same time he assured wanting to fulfill his current three-year contract. Nevertheless, he decided in November for a change and signed a two -year contract with the team Astana, where he should go as precious helper for Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, who he knows from common times for Team Discovery Channel.

In 2010, Popovych Bruyneel followed the American team RadioShack and after this with the Luxembourg team Leopard Trek to Radioshack -Nissan also merged here.


  • Giro della Valle d' Aosta ( U23 )
  • Two stages and Appreciation Giro delle regioni ( U23 )
  • Paris -Roubaix ( U23 )
  • World Champion in the road race ( U23 )
  • Giro d' Italia - three days of pink jersey
  • Tour of Catalonia
  • White jersey Tour de France
  • A stage in the Vuelta a Castilla y León
  • A stage of the Tour de Georgia
  • A stage of the Tour de France
  • A stage of Paris-Nice
  • A stage of the Tour de France ( TTT )


  • 2002 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
  • 2003 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
  • 2004 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
  • 2005 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
  • 2006 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
  • 2007 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
  • 2008 Silence-Lotto
  • 2009 Astana
  • 2010 Team RadioShack
  • 2011 Team RadioShack
  • 2012 RadioShack -Nissan
  • 2013 RadioShack Leopard