Dario Cataldo

Dario Cataldo

Personal information
Full name Dario Cataldo
Nickname Picasso[1]
Born (1985-03-17) 17 March 1985
Lanciano, Italy
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Team information
Current team Astana
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder[1]
Professional team(s)
2007–2008 Liquigas
2009–2012 Quick-Step
2013–2014 Team Sky
2015- Astana
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2012)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2012)
Infobox last updated on
30 March 2014

Dario Cataldo (born 17 March 1985) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Astana.


Liquigas (2007–08)

After surprisingly winning the Baby Giro in 2006,[2] Cataldo signed as a neo-professional for Liquigas for the 2007 season.[3] In January 2007, Cataldo was hit by a car while training and broke his right wrist.[4] Later that year, Cataldo won two stages in the Tour de l'Avenir.[5] After a disappointing year in 2008, Liquigas did not renew his contract.[2]

Quick Step (2009–12)

In 2009, Cataldo switched to the Quick-Step team.[6] For his first two years, Cataldo failed to make a huge impact however in 2012, he began to reach his potential. Cataldo won the 2012 Italian National Time Trial Championships and finished in 12th place at the Giro d'Italia. Cataldo won the queen stage of the 2012 Vuelta a España, stage 16 finishing atop a climb which was featured for the first time in the Vuelta, the Cuitu Negru. He escaped with Thomas De Gendt of the Vacansoleil–DCM squad early in the race and they were never caught. Cataldo shook off De Gendt with less than 2 km (1.2 mi) to race on the very steep final part of the stage, reaching more than 20% gradient in places. He managed to lift his arms for a second as he crossed the line for the 'victory pose' before slumping over his handlebars with fatigue.[7]

Team Sky (2013–)

His success in 2012 saw him earn a move to UCI World Tour champions Team Sky, where he was expected to play the role of a super-domestique for either Bradley Wiggins at the Giro d'Italia or Chris Froome at the Tour de France.[8]

In October 2014 Team Astana announced they had signed Cataldo for the 2015 season, with the team's general manager Alexander Vinokourov describing his role as being a climbing lieutenant for Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru, as well as contributing to the team's performance in team time trials.[9]

Major results

1st Overall Girobio
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
3rd Rund um den Henninger Turm
4th Giro del Veneto
10th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Stages 2 & 7
10th Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
4th Overall Tour of Missouri
5th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
5th Coppa Lella Mentasti – GP Città di Stresa
1st Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
2nd National Time Trial Championships
7th Trofeo Magalluf-Palmanova
9th Overall Tour of Beijing
12th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 2b (TTT) Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 16 Vuelta a España
9th Overall Volta a Catalunya
12th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
2nd Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stages 1b (TTT) & 4 (ITT)
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Vuelta a Burgos
8th Vuelta a Murcia
9th Overall Tour de Pologne

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 "Dario Cataldo". Omega Pharma–Quick-Step. Decolef. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  2. 1 2 Dario Cataldo (Dutch)
  3. "Liquigas announces 2007 roster". Cycling news. 5 October 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. Brown, Gregor (31 January 2007). "Cataldo hit by car while training". Cycling news. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  5. "Young Italian on a roll". Cycling news. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  6. Prell, Monika (27 November 2009). "Cataldo joins Quick Step". Cycling news. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  7. Ben Atkins (3 September 2012). "Vuelta a España: Dario Cataldo takes historic Cuitunigru victory as the race leaders fight behind him". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  8. "Cataldo leaving Omega Pharma-QuickStep for Sky". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  9. "Dario Cataldo signs for Astana to be climbing domestique for Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru". skysports.com. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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