The bicyclist Marco Pinotti (High road Team) at the international cycling event Giro d'Italia. The photo is takes at the start of the 17een lap a Sondrio - Lombardy - Italy - 28 may 2008 - Marco Pinotti (born February 25, 1976 in Osio Sotto, Lombardy) is an Italian professional cyclist. He es the winner of the latest race in Giro d'Italia 2008. As an amateur he won 28 races and he turned professional in 1999 with the Lampre-Daikin team. He won the Grand Prix d'Europa in 1999 together with his teammate Raivis Belohvosciks and he won the 5th stage of the 2000 Tour de Pologne. In 2001 he finished second in stage 15 of the Tour de France behind Belgian Rik Verbrugghe. He had surgery on his ulna in November of 2001 and started training again only in February 2002. He returned to competition in April 2002. The 2003 season brought some victories as he won the 4th stage in the Vuelta al País Vasco and the King of the Mountains classification. In the Bici Vasca he crashed and broke his pelvis, forcing recuperation. He has since fully recovered. His speciality is in individual time trials. Pinotti joined the then newly-formed Spanish-Swiss Saunier Duval-Prodir team in 2004 in the UCI ProTour. He won the Italian National Time Trial Championship in 2005. Pinotti came second to Luca Ascani in the 2007 Italian National time trials[1] but Ascani was found to have tested positive for EPO and Pinotti was awarded the jersey.

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