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Paolo Bettini

Full name: Paolo Bettini
Nickname(s): Il Grillo
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: April 1, 1974 in Cecina, Livorno, Italy
Affiliations: MAPEI, (ITA) / Quick Step, (BEL)
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Paolo Bettini was a one-day specialist who won many races because of his strength and top sprint. He was nicknamed Il Grillo (“The Cricket”) for his sudden attacks on the road. Bettini won the UCI Road World Cup for three consecutive years (2002-04), was World Champion on the road in 2006-07 and won the gold medal in the road race at the 2004 Olympics. His many one-day palmarès included the 2000 and 2002 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Giro di Lombardia in both 2005-06, Milano-Sanremo and the Clásica de San Sebastián in 2003, and he won Züri-Metzgete in both 2001 and 2005. Never a factor for general classification at the grand tours, Bettini did win one stage at the Tour de France, two at the Giro d’Italia, and five at the Vuelta à España, His only major stage win was the Tirreno-Adriatico in 2004.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 26 Sydney Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Italy ITA 9
2004 Summer 30 Athina Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Italy ITA 1 Gold
2008 Summer 34 Beijing Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Italy ITA 17

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
2000 Summer 26 Sydney Cycling Italy Final Standings 9 at 1:26
2004 Summer 30 Athina Cycling Italy Final Standings 1 5-41:44
2008 Summer 34 Beijing Cycling Italy Final Standings 17 at 0:35 6-24:24