Iban Mayo

Not to be confused with fellow Spanish cyclist Iban Mayoz.
Iban Mayo

Mayo at the 2007 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full name Iban Mayo Diez
Nickname El Gallo (The Rooster)
Born (1977-08-19) August 19, 1977
Igorre, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing specialist
Professional team(s)
20002006 Euskaltel–Euskadi
2007 Saunier Duval–Prodir
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 stage
Giro d'Italia, 1 stage
Dauphiné Libéré (2004)
Tour of the Basque Country (2003)
Vuelta a Burgos (2006)
Infobox last updated on
February 3, 2008

Iban Mayo Diez (born August 19, 1977, in Igorre, Basque Country, Spain) is a former professional road bicycle racer.


Renowned as a climber, Mayo turned pro with Euskaltel–Euskadi in 2000, and became one of the Basque Country's prospects for glory. He stayed with Euskaltel-Euskadi throughout 2000–2006. The biggest result came in the 2003 Tour de France, when he won a stage up Alpe d'Huez. Mayo finished the Tour sixth.

In 2004 Mayo won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, regarded as preparation for the Tour de France. He beat Lance Armstrong by two minutes in a time trial on Mont Ventoux, breaking the record.[1] He was seen as a dangerous outsider for the Tour de France in the same year. It turned out a disappointment, and after losing time due to a crash, he lost more in the Pyrenees due to injuries and mononucleosis. Mayo quit before the 15th stage.

After a lackluster 2005, in 2006 he returned in the Dauphiné Libéré with second place in Briançon and a win on the stage to La Toussuire. He was seen as a contender for the 2006 Tour de France, but retired during the 11th stage. In 2007 Mayo signed for Saunier Duval–Prodir.

Mayo won the 19th stage of the 2007 Giro d'Italia. On July 30, 2007, the UCI confirmed he had failed a test for EPO during the Tour de France, in which he finished 16th.[2] On October 22, the Spanish federation cleared Mayo after a second test proved negative.[3] The UCI president Pat McQuaid stopped short of clearing the rider, pending further tests.[4]

On December 19, a French laboratory confirmed the positive test.[5] In 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Mayo's two-year ban, which ended on 31 July 2009.[6]

On 13 September 2009, Mayo decided not to make a comeback to professional cycling, thus effectively ending his career.[7]

Career achievements

Major results

1st, Stage 6, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Pontcharra - Briançon
1st, Classique des Alpes
1st, Overall, Grand Prix du Midi Libre
11th, Overall, Vuelta a España
5th, Overall, Vuelta a España
1st, Overall, Tour of the Basque Country
Stage 1, Legazpia - Legazpia
Stage 5a, Santesteban - Fuenterrabía
Stage 5b, Fuenterrabía ITT
2nd, Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Stage 4, Vienne - Morzine
Prologue, Villard de Lans ITT
2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th, Overall, Tour de France
1st, Stage 8, Sallanches - L'Alpe d'Huez
1st, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Prologue, Megeve ITT
Stage 4, Bedoin - Mont Ventoux ITT
2nd, Tour of the Basque Country
2nd, Classique des Alpes
1st, Overall, Vuelta Asturias
1st, Subida al Naranco
1st, Clásica de Alcobendas
1st, Stage 1, Alcobendas - Puerto de Navacerrada
1st, Stage 2, Collado Villalba - Collaldo Villalba
1st, Overall, Vuelta a Burgos
1st, Stage 4, Vilviestre - Lagos de Neila
1st, Stage 6, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Briançon - La Toussuire
1st, Subida a Urkiola
1st, Stage 19, Giro d'Italia, Treviso - Comano Terme
2nd, Stage 8, Tour de France, Grand Bornand - Tignes

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Giro 38
Tour 88 6 DNF 60 DNF 16
Vuelta 11 5 DNF 35

WD = withdrew DNF = Did not finish

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Dauphine Libere 2004 stage 4 results report and photos". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  2. "Mayo fails dope test for EPO," AFP, July 30, 2007. Posted 19:29 GMT
  3. "Mayo cleared after negative B test". cnn.com. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  4. "Mayo's 'B' sample to be re-tested". BBC Sport. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  5. "Spanish cyclist Mayo's failed doping test confirmed: report". AFP. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  6. Mark Ledsom (12 August 2008). "Sports court bans Spaniard Mayo for two years". REUTERS.
  7. http://www.elcorreo.com/vizcaya/20090913/deportes/mas-deporte/caso-sido-caza-brujas-20090913.html

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