Filippo Pozzato, Bio
Born: 10th September 1981
Home: Sandrigo, Veneto, Italy
He is considered one of the most talented riders in Italy after turning professional with Mapei at just 18. He was a good cyclo-cross rider as a schoolboy and won a silver medal in the team pursuit at junior world track championships.
Pozzato turned professional in 2000 with the Mapei cycling team, part of the famous classe di ’81 a group of emerging young riders born in 1981 who were part of the Mapei TT3 development team.
The Italian has emerged as a threat in the northern cycling classics, finishing 13th (2006), 14th (2007), and 6th (2008) at the Tour of Flanders. His best finish at the Paris–Roubaix was 2nd in 2009. He also delivered a good 15th place in 2006. At the Gent–Wevelgem Pozzato finished 13th (2008) and 4th (2006). In the Het Volk he finished 6th (2003) and 1st (2007).
During the 2004 season he was chosen to be part of the winning Italian Olympics team.
The 2005 ProTour season went better for Pozzato, with a win in the HEW Cyclassics ahead of teammate Luca Paolini. His first major classic of 2006 was the Milan-Sanremo after a superb ride which saw him first work for team leader Tom Boonen, but then launch his own winning attack in the finale.
1st- Stage 5 Tour de France, 2007
1st Overall and stage 1- Giro della Provincia di Grosseto, 2008
2nd- Milan-Sanremo, 2008
1st- Italian National Road Race Championship, 2009