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Damiano Cunego (19 September 1981)

At the age of 36, Damiano Cunego quit professional cycling. The Italian won the Giro d’Italia in 2004 and the Giro di Lombardia three times: 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Damiano Cunego
Born: 19 september 1981, Verona (ITA)

Teams
2002 – Saeco Machine per Caffe
2003 – Saeco Machine per Caffe
2004 – Saeco
2005 – Lampre – Caffita
2006 – Lampre-Fondital
2007 – Lampre-Fondital
2008 – Lampre
2009 – Lampre – NGC
2010 – Lampre – Farnese Vini
2011 – Lampre – ISD
2012 – Lampre – ISD
2013 – Lampre – Merida
2014 – Lampre – Merida
2015 – Nippo – Vini Fantini
2016 – Nippo – Vini Fantini
2017 – Nippo – Vini Fantini
2018 – Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini

Wins
23.06.2002 – Giro d’Oro
14.07.2002 – Giro del Medio Brenta
16.08.2003 – Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 7
17.08.2003 – Tour of Qinghai Lake
20.04.2004 – Giro del Trentino, stage 1
21.04.2004 – Giro del Trentino, stage 2
23.04.2004 – Giro del Trentino
25.04.2004 – Giro dell’Appennino
01.05.2004 – GP Industria & Artigianato – Larciano
10.05.2004 – Giro d’Italia, stage 2
15.05.2004 – Giro d’Italia, stage 7
25.05.2004 – Giro d’Italia, stage 16
28.05.2004 – Giro d’Italia, stage 18
30.05.2004 – Giro d’Italia
01.06.2004 – GP Citta di Broni
05.06.2004 – Criterium Marco Pantani
10.08.2004 – 2 Giorni Marchigiana/GP Fred Mengoni
11.08.2004 – 2 Giorni Marchigiana
25.08.2004 – GP Nobili Rubinetterie
16.10.2004 – Giro di Lombardia
29.04.2005 – Tour de Romandie, stage 3
24.08.2005 – GP Nobili Rubinetterie/Borgomanero
01.09.2005 – Trofeo Melina
23.10.2005 – Japan Cup
23.03.2006 – Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, stage 3
25.03.2006 – Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
16.04.2006 – Giro d’Oro
19.04.2006 – Giro del Trentino, stage 2
21.04.2006 – Giro del Trentino
29.04.2006 – GP Industria & Artigianato – Larciano
24.04.2007 – Giro del Trentino, stage 1
25.04.2007 – Giro del Trentino, stage 2
27.04.2007 – Giro del Trentino
13.08.2007 – Deutschland Tour, stage 4
14.10.2007 – GP Beghelli
20.10.2007 – Giro di Lombardia
11.04.2008 – Vuelta al Pais Vasco, stage 5
13.04.2008 – Klasika Primavera
20.04.2008 – Amstel Gold Race
18.10.2008 – Giro di Lombardia
26.10.2008 – Japan Cup
25.03.2009 – Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, stage 2
26.03.2009 – Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, stage 3
28.03.2009 – Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali
06.09.2009 – Vuelta a Espana, stage 8
13.09.2009 – Vuelta a Espana, stage 14
23.02.2011 – Giro di Sardegna, stage 2
10.04.2011 – Giro dell’Appennino
28.04.2011 – Tour de Romandie, stage 2
18.04.2012 – Giro del Trentino, stage 2
22.03.2013 – Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, stage 3
21.07.2017 – Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 6

Major results
World Championship: 2004/9, 2007/50, 2008/2, 2009/8
Giro d’Italia: 2003/34, 2004/1, 2005/18, 2006/4, 2007/5, 2009/18, 2010/11, 2012/6, 2014/19, 2015/DNF, 2016/44
Tour de France: 2006/11, 2008/DNF, 2010/28, 2011/6, 2013/55
Vuelta a Espana: 2004/16, 2007/DNF, 2008/DNF, 2009/DNF, 2012/33, 2014/76
Milano-Sanremo: 2006/62, 2010/34, 2012/43
Liege-Bastogne-Liege: 2002/124, 2005/9, 2006/3, 2007/7, 2008/30, 2009/7, 2010/21, 2011/16, 2012/35, 2013/30, 2014/13
Giro di Lombardia: 2004/1, 2005/29, 2007/1, 2008/1, 2009/14, 2011/27, 2012/13, 2013/DNF, 2015/23, 2016/33, 2017/93
Amstel Gold Race: 2008/1, 2009/5, 2010/6, 2011/15, 2012/31, 2013/43, 2014/50, 2015/40, 2016/DNF, 2018/DNF
Dauphine Libere: 2013/21, 2014/72
Paris-Nice: 2008/17, 2010/47, 2012/13
Tour de Suisse: 2007/5, 2008/4, 2009/6, 2011/2, 2012/52, 2018/124
Tirreno-Adriatico: 2011/8, 2013/32, 2014/27, 2018/117

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Saturday shorts

Today former Vuelta winner Chris Horner announced his comeback. The 46-year-old American rides the American championship this weekend for Team Illuminate. In 2013, Horner became with an age of 41 years and 327 days the oldest winner of a Grand Tour due winning the Vuelta a Espana.

Another former Grand Tour winner, Damiano Cunego, is in his last days as a professional cyclist. The Italian rides Adriatica Ionica Race this week and says goodbye to the peloton in the Italian championships. Cunego won in 2004 the Giro d’Italia.

In this week some teams also announced their Tour de France squad. The selection of Mitchelton-Scott was a little bit surprised. The Australian didn’t select their sprinter Caleb Ewan. The rumours say that he’s close to leaving the team and that’s the reason why he must stay home. Now the Australian formation counts on Adam Yates for the general classification.

 

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Van Poppel fourth Dutch winner of Halle-Ingooigem

Danny van Poppel has become the fourth Dutch winner of Halle-Ingooigem and the first since Roy Curvers in 2011.

Dutch winners of Halle-Ingooigem
2018 | Danny van Poppel
2011 | Roy Curvers
2003 | Jans Koerts
1982 | Jos Schipper

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Richie Porte second Australian to win Tour de Suisse

Richie Porte has become the second Australian rider to win the Tour de Suisse. In the year Richie Porte was born, 1985, Phil Anderson was the first Australian rider to win the Swiss race.

Porte is also the second rider after Eddy Merckx, who has won Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya, Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse in their career.

Australian riders with a win in Tour de Suisse
2018 | Richie Porte
1985 | Phil Anderson

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Saturday shorts

Today in the Tour of Slovenia, Slovenian big talent Tadej Pogacar let us see again why he’s such a big talent. The 19-year old rider from Ljubljana Gusto Xurum, who was fifth in last years Tour of Slovenia, ended fourth in the stage and holds the eight position in the general classification.

Tadej Pogacar is coached by Marko Polanc, former rider and father of current UAE Team Emirates rider Jan Polanc. Ljubljana Gusto Xurum is a Slovenian amateur team, current status is a continental team,  which has provided different World Tour rider. Jan Polanc, Luka Pibernik and Luka Mezgec have all had their training at the Slovenian amateur team.

Primoz Roglic takes over the lead in the general classification from Rigoberto Uran, who had yesterday his second victory this year. It looks like, with an individual time trial to go, that Primoz Roglic is on track to win the Tour of Slovenia for his second time.

In the Baby Giro, it was for the second year in a row that a Russian rider took the victory. Aleksandr Vlasov surpasses current Team Sky rider Pavel Sivakov as the winner of the U23 version of the Giro.

It reminds us of the golden era for the Soviet Union in the 80’s in the Baby Giro. In that decennium, the Soviets won the Baby Giro seven times. Piotr Ugrumov and Dmitri Konychev were among those winners and became successful pro rider.