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Mark Padun

Mark Padun
Personal information
Full name
  • Mark Pavlovych Padun
  • Ukrainian: Марк Павлович Падун
Born (1996-07-06) 6 July 1996 (age 28)
Donetsk, Ukraine
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Team information
Current teamTeam Corratec–Vini Fantini
Amateur teams
2015Palazzago Fenice
2016–2017Team Colpack
2017Bahrain–Merida (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2022–2023EF Education–EasyPost[3]
2024–Team Corratec–Vini Fantini
Major wins
One-day races and Classics
National Time Trial Championships (2019)

Mark Pavlovych Padun (Ukrainian: Марк Павлович Падун; born 6 July 1996) is a Ukrainian cyclist, who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Team Corratec–Vini Fantini.[4]



In the years 2016 and 2017, Mark Padun raced for Team Colpack. In 2017, he won a stage of the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia and after Matija Kvasina, winner of the 2017 Flèche du Sud, tested positive for EPO, Padun's second place was upgraded to first overall.[5]

Bahrain–Merida (2018–2021)


In August 2017, Padun joined Bahrain–Merida as a stagiaire, and received a regular contract for the next season.[6] In 2018 and 2019, he raced in the Vuelta a España.[7] In 2019, he won the Ukrainian National Time Trial Championships. In October 2020, he raced in the Giro d'Italia[8] and finished in second place on stage 12.

In 2021, Padun won Stages 7 and 8 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, after spending each day in the breakaway, while also collecting enough points to win the mountains classification.[9] By dropping his companions in the breakaway and holding off the group of favorites on two consecutive days, these wins sparked sceptic commentary from riders and staff of other teams.[10] The French newspaper Le Parisien published quotes calling his performance "an absolute disgrace" and that it "reminds us of the dirty 2000s".[11] Despite his strong performance, he was not nominated for the Tour de France by his team, nor was he taken to the Men's individual road race at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics by his federation, to the surprise of observers. In an interview with L'Équipe, he defended himself against doping suspicions, citing weight problems as reason for his inconsistent performances.[12][13]

EF Education–EasyPost (since 2022)


For the 2022 season, he signed a contract at EF Education–EasyPost. Team manager Jonathan Vaughters emphasised his trust in Padun, and justified it with "physiological tests" and "instinct".[14] In February, Padun won stage 4 of O Gran Camiño, his first top ten in a time trial against an international field.[15]

Major results

1st Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
10th Overall Course de la Paix Juniors
1st Criterium, National Road Championships
Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
1st Mountains classification
1st Stage 3
8th Overall Course de la Paix U23
9th GP Capodarco
1st Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Giro del Medio Brenta
3rd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st Mountains classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Vuelta al Bidasoa
1st Overall Flèche du Sud
1st Young rider classification
1st Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
1st GP Capodarco
5th Overall Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 5 Tour of the Alps
5th Road race, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
1st Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Overall Adriatica Ionica Race
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 3
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Mountains classification
1st Stages 7 & 8
3rd Overall Vuelta a Burgos
3rd Overall O Gran Camiño
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
Combativity award Stage 6 Vuelta a España
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 70
A yellow jersey Tour de France
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 84 59 46
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team". Merida Bikes. Merida Industry Co., Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ Ostanek, Daniel (26 December 2019). "2020 Team Preview: Bahrain McLaren". Future plc. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  3. ^ Timms, Joe (17 December 2021). "An Untapped Gem? Mark Padun Joins EF Education - Nippo In 2022". Rouleur. Gruppo Media Limited. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Team Corratec". Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  5. ^ "Kvasina positive for EPO stimulator at Fleche du Sud". 3 July 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  6. ^ "The Cyclingnews guide to 2017-2018 rider transfers". 29 September 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  7. ^ "2018: 73rd Vuelta a España: Start List". Pro Cycling Stats. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  8. ^ "103rd Giro d'Italia: Startlist". ProCyclingStats. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Richie Porte seals Critérium du Dauphiné title as Mark Padun wins second stage in a row". 6 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  10. ^ Benson, Daniel (7 June 2021). "Erzen defends Bahrain Victorious in face of anonymous doping suspicions". Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  11. ^ Bérard, Christophe (6 June 2021). "L'Ukrainien Mark Padun, double vainqueur d'étape en montagne, crée un malaise sur le Dauphiné" [Ukrainian Mark Padun, double mountain stage winner, creates discomfort in the Dauphiné]. (in French). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  12. ^ Fletcher, Patrick (8 February 2022). "Mark Padun 'sickened' by doping suspicions". Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  13. ^ Roos, Alexandre (7 February 2022). "Mark Padun : «Je ne sors pas de nulle part»" [Mark Padun: "I'm not coming out of nowhere"]. L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  14. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (21 December 2021). "'It takes one to know one' – Vaughters sees no red flags in Mark Padun". Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  15. ^ "Gran Camino: Valverde fängt Woods noch ab" [Gran Camino: Valverde still intercepts Woods]. (in German). Retrieved 14 March 2022.
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