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Igor Astarloa

Igor Astarloa
Astarloa at the 2006 Rund um den Henninger Turm
Personal information
Full nameIgor Astarloa Askasibar
Born (1976-03-29) March 29, 1976 (age 48)
Ermua, Spain
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [1]
Weight67 kg (148 lb) [2]
Team information
RoleRider (retired)
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional teams
2000–2001Mercatone Uno–Albacom
2002–2003Saeco–Longoni Sport
2004Cofidis (until April)
2004Lampre (from May)
2007–2008Team Milram
2009Amica Chips-Knauf
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
World Road Race Championships (2003)
La Flèche Wallonne (2003)
Milano–Torino (2006)
Medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Hamilton Elite Men's Road Race

Igor Astarloa Askasibar (born March 29, 1976, in Ermua, Basque Country) is a retired cyclist from Spain.



Astarloa turned professional with the Italian cycling team Mercatone Uno and enjoyed his best season in 2003 with team Saeco when he won the Flèche Wallonne and the road race title at the World Cycling Championships at Hamilton, Canada. The following year, he joined Cofidis, but when the team temporarily stopped racing due to a doping scandal, he was released to join Lampre.[3] During the 2006 transfer season it was announced that he was to leave Team Barloworld, the Continental Circuit team for which Astarloa had ridden for the last several years, and join Team Milram, a member of the UCI ProTour.

Team Milram terminated its contract with Astarloa in May 2008 following disclosures that he had shown "irregular blood values", as reported by Focus magazine.[4] He joined the Amica Chips-Knauf team, which folded in May 2009. Soon after, in June 2009, Astarloa was one of the first five riders to fall foul of the Union Cycliste International's new biological passport system, introduced to combat doping by competitive cyclists. Astarloa was unable to secure another contract that season, and retired in January 2010.[5]

Doping conviction


On 1 December 2010, the Union Cycliste International announced that the Spanish Cycling Federation’s Disciplinary Commission had handed down a two-year suspension and a €35,000 fine to Igor Astarloa. According to, Astarloa's blood samples had come under considerable scrutiny prior to the events of 2008-09 and in the wake of his 2003 world championships victory, although he was never punished for any infraction.[6]

Major results


Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 53 55 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France Has not contested during his career
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 63 DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See also



  1. ^
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  3. ^ "Weltmeister Astarloa wechselt zu Lampre". Rheinische Post (in German). 24 April 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  4. ^ Milram terminates Astarloa's contract
  5. ^ Astarloa retires with good and bad memories
  6. ^ "Astarloa suspended and fined for UCI biological passport infraction". December 2010.
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