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Domenico Pozzovivo

Domenico Pozzovivo
Pozzovivo at the 2012 Tour de Pologne
Personal information
Full name Domenico Pozzovivo
Born (1982-11-30) November 30, 1982 (age 31)
Policoro, Italy
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 53 kg (117 lb; 8.3 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Ag2r-La Mondiale
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
Ag2r-La Mondiale
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2012)

Stage races

Giro del Trentino (2012)
Infobox last updated on
28 October 2013

Domenico Pozzovivo (born 30 November 1982) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Ag2r-La Mondiale.[2] His very small stature confer him with the qualities of a pure climbing specialist. He is most known for a victory in stage 8 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, an overall victory in the 2012 Giro del Trentino, and is notable for his high education.[3]

Personal life

Pozzovivo has a degree in economics and wrote a thesis entitled "Southern politics from the unity of Italy up to now". His high education has earned him the nickname "Dr. Pozzovivo" in the peloton. He stated that his fields of interest outside cycling are history, technology, economics, politics and weather forecasting.[3] He also speaks French fluently[4] and stated that a jump into politics would interest him after his cycling career.


In 2008, Pozzovivo finished on the third step of the podium of the Giro del Trentino, which had a race categorization of 2.1. The first place went to Vincenzo Nibali of while Stefano Garzelli from the Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo took the second place.[5] He then participated in his third Giro d'Italia. While he was not considered a favorite for the overall rankings prior to the race,[6] he managed to finish in ninth position of the general classification.[7] He notably took the second position on the fifteenth stage,[8] a mountain affair finishing atop the Category 1 Passo Fedaia, which was featured for the first time in Giro history. He was bested only by his team-mate Emanuele Sella, who eventually tested positive for the blood booster MIRCERA and was later disqualified.[9]


In 2009, Pozzovivo took the fifth stage of the Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, his first major victory since 2004.[10] He also finished second in the general classification of the mountainous Brixia Tour, more than a minute behind the winner Giampaolo Caruso.[11] He placed in the top ten of three stages in that race, including third on the second stage, three second in arrears of Leonardo Bertagnolli.[12]


The 2010 season saw Pozzovivo take a great stage victory in the Giro del Trentino, on the fourth trial of the Tour, where he edged a surging from behind Riccardo Riccò of Ceramica Flaminia by 3 seconds.[13] Pozzovivo finally took the third place overall, with the Kazakh Alexander Vinokourov of Astana taking the top honors.[14] Pozzovivo came in second place of the 2.1 categorized Giro dell'Appennino, where he attacked on the daunting Passo della Bocchetta, with only Robert Kiserlovski being able to follow him and crest the climb with him. The pair collaborated well to the finish, where Pozzovivo was bested by the man in the sprint, therefore taking second place.[15] In July, the diminutive Pozzovivo won the Brixia Tour, bagging two mountain stages in the process.[16] He prevailed in the overall classification of the five stage race by a margin of one minute and fifty seconds over Team Sky's Morris Possoni.[17]


In 2012, Pozzovivo won the prestigious Giro del Trentino. He was victorious in stage 3 of that race, which led the riders from Pergine to Brenzone, finishing after a steep climb, the Punta Veleno. Team cars were not allowed on that climb since it was very steep and the tarmac was inappropriate. Motorbikes were the only resource available for riders suffering a mechanical problem.[18] The victory on that hard stage granted him the leader's jersey, which he managed to hold on to the following day on the fourth and final stage, which was disputed in snowy weather conditions. He finished that stage in third position. He also won the Mountains classification jersey.[19]

Later that year, he sailed to victory in stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia, attacking on the slopes of the Colle Molella, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) away from the finish. His nearest pursuant, Spaniard Benat Intxausti of Movistar Team, completed the stage with a 23 seconds deficit on Pozzovivo.[20] He finished the Giro eighth overall, being always very competitive in the mountain stages. In June, Pozzovivo prevailed in the queen stage of the 2.1 rated Tour of Slovenia, a 219 kilometres (136 mi) course peppered with climbs. Pozzovivo broke away with Janez Brajkovič of Astana and somewhat surprisingly, beat Brajkovič in the sprint.[21] With that operation, he took the overall classification leader's jersey thanks to a six second lead over Brajkovič, but lost it the next day in the individual time trial, where Brajkovič bested him by ten seconds. Pozzovivo had to settle for the second place of the Tour.[22]

In the fall, Pozzovivo took part in the Italian Classic Giro dell'Emillia and launched an attack in the steepest part of the final climb, while he was part of a small leading group of three riders. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) resisted in his wheel to place an attack of his own, which would prove to be the decisive move as the Colombian sailed to victory. Pozzovivo was passed by two competitors in the final meters and took the fourth place.[23] Days later, Pozzovivo abandoned during the Giro di Lombardia, a race which suited him well in the past. The cold and heavy rain played a part in this outcome, as none of his Colnago team-mates reached the finish line either.[24]


For the 2013 season, Pozzovivo left Colnago-CSF Bardiani, where he started his professional career back in 2005, and moved to World Tour outfit Ag2r-La Mondiale.[2] He was looking to repeat his 2012 win in the Giro del Trentino, but he had to withdraw after a crash in stage 3 of the race where he injured his elbow and broke two ribs.[25]


1st Stage 4 Giro del Friuli
2nd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
2nd GP Città di Felino
3rd Overall Girobio
3rd GP Palio del Recioto
3rd Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino
9th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 5 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
2nd Overall Brixia Tour
3rd Overall Tour of Slovenia
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
6th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali
6th Coppa Sabatini
7th Trofeo Melinda
9th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
9th Giro dell'Appennino
1st Brixia Tour
1st Stages 2 & 4
2nd Giro dell'Appennino
2nd Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Giro della Romagna
3rd Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 4
4th Coppa Sabatini
5th Trofeo Melinda
6th Coppa Sabatini
6th Giro dell'Emilia
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
7th Giro del Piemonte
8th Overall Giro di Sardegna
2nd Overall Brixia Tour
1st Stage 4
2nd Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Trofeo Melinda
4th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
5th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
6th Giro di Lombardia
6th Giro di Toscana
6th GP Nobili Rubinetterie
7th Tour de Langkawi
8th Overall Giro di Padania
8th Overall Giro dell'Emilia
10th Overall Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali
10th Coppa Sabatini
1st Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Giro di Padania
2nd Overall Tour of Slovenia
1st Stage 3
4th Giro dell'Emilia
4th GP Città di Camaiore
4th Overall Giro di Padania
5th GP Beghelli
7th Trofeo Melinda
7th Milano - Torino
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 8
8th GP Industria & Artigianato
10th Tre Valli Varesine
4th Milano–Torino
6th Overall Vuelta a España
7th Overall Tour de Pologne
7th Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop
9th Overall Tour of Oman
9th Giro dell'Emilia
10th Overall Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro WD - 17 9 - WD WD 8 10
Yellow jersey Tour - - - - - - - - -
red jersey Vuelta - - - - - - - - 6

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


External links

  • Domenico Pozzovivo profile at Cycling Archives
  • Domenico Pozzovivo's profile on Cycling Base
  • Profile at
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