Michael Albasini

Michael Albasini

Albasini at the 2009 Tour of Austria, a race he would win overall.
Personal information
Full name Michael Albasini
Nickname Alba
Born (1980-12-20) 20 December 1980
Mendrisio, Switzerland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Team information
Current team Orica–BikeExchange
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2001 Fassa Bortolo (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2003–2004 Phonak
2005–2008 Liquigas–Bianchi
2009–2011 Team Columbia–High Road
2012– GreenEDGE
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 TTT stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (2012)
Tour of Austria (2009)
Tour of Britain (2010)

One-day races and Classics

Tre Valli Varesine (2014)
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton (2011, 2013)
Infobox last updated on
18 August 2016

Michael Albasini (born 20 December 1980) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Orica–BikeExchange.[1]

Professional career

Albasini began his career in 2003 with Phonak, moved to Liquigas–Bianchi at the beginning of 2005, and signed with Team Columbia–High Road for the 2009 season. Since 2012, Albasini has been riding with the Australian professional cycling team GreenEDGE.[2]

In 2012, Albasini met success at the UCI World Tour race Volta a Catalunya. The six-stage event contained no time trials, and Albasini took the lead by triumphing on the very first stage over Anthony Delaplace from Saur–Sojasun, getting a 42 seconds overall lead.[3] On the very next stage, he was part of a select group of about 20 riders that were led to the line by Bradley Wiggins after a day in the mountains and he outsprinted his rivals, taking his second win in a row.[4] He held on to his advantage on the following hilly stages, winning the overall classification by 1 minute and 30 seconds over second-placed Samuel Sánchez of Euskaltel–Euskadi.[5]

In 2015, Albasini took a prestigious podium placing at the La Flèche Wallonne, coming in third place atop the Mur de Huy behind Alejandro Valverde and Julian Alaphilippe.[6] He later won the second stage of the Tour de Romandie, having the better in the sprint of a group of 49 riders who had survived the climb and descent of the Col de la Vue des Alpes.[7] He repeated the feat the very next day in Porrentruy, winning by a couple of bike lengths over Julian Alaphilippe.[8] He had to abandon the Tour de France on Stage 5, suffering from a broken arm after a crash.[9]

Major results

1st Under-19 National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
1st European Under-23 Road Race Championships
7th Giro del Lago Maggiore
5th Meisterschaft von Zürich
9th Paris–Bourges
Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 5
1st Sprints classification
7th Overall Three Days of De Panne
10th Giro della Romagna
3rd Grand Prix de Fourmies
Tour de Suisse
1st Mountains classification
1st Sprints classification
5th Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 4
2nd GP Miguel Indurain
2nd Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
6th Tour du Haut Var
7th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Gran Premio di Lugano
1st Overall Tour of Austria
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 4 Vuelta al País Vasco
1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse
9th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Overall Tour of Britain
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour de Pologne
10th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Mountains classification Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Overall Bayern Rundfahrt
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Tour of Oman
1st Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd La Flèche Wallonne
4th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de France
1st Tre Valli Varesine
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
2nd National Road Race Championships
5th Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
6th Giro di Lombardia
7th Trofeo Muro-Port d'Alcúdia
7th La Flèche Wallonne
Tour de Romandie
1st Stages 2 & 3
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
Tour de Romandie
1st Points classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th La Flèche Wallonne


  1. "Orica-GreenEDGE (OGE) – AUS". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  2. Aubrey, Jane (5 September 2011). "Albasini joins GreenEdge in an "easy decision"". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. Atkins, Ben (19 March 2012). "Michael Albasini solos to Volta a Catalunya opener". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  4. "Albasini wins second straight stage at Catalunya". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  5. "Albasini takes win in Catalunya". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  6. "Valverde wins La Fleche Wallonne 2015". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  7. "Tour de Romandie: Albasini wins stage 2". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  8. Spencer Powlison (30 April 2015). "Take two: Albasini wins second Romandie stage, wearing yellow". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  9. "Albasini abandons, fractures for heroic Matthews". Cycling Quotes. CyclingQuotes.com 2013. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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