Massimiliano Lelli

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Massimiliano Lelli (born December 2, 1967 in Manciano , Italy ) is a former Italian cyclist . He began his professional career in 1989 and ended it in 2004.

At the beginning of his career, Lelli was considered a hopeful tour talent. In his second year as a professional he was able to finish the Giro d'Italia in ninth place and a year later he won two mountain stages, the junior class and was third in the overall standings. Only in 1993 was he able to show his talent again when he finished fourth overall in the Giro . In 1995 he contested his first Tour de France and then took part in the Grand Loop eight times in a row . Here, too, he was unable to demonstrate his racing skills; it was only in 2002 and 2003 that he made it into the top 20 of the overall standings in 14th and 15th. He also had his strengths in the time trial , where he became Italian champion .

In the course of the Cofidis affair in early 2004, Lelli was accused by David Millar and Philippe Gaumont of having dealt with doping substances. He was then arrested by the French judiciary. The trial subsequently held in France acquitted Lelli, however, as it could not be proven that Lelli had committed offenses on French soil. All in all, the involvement in the affair meant the end of his career.

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Individual evidence

  1. Former Cofidis driver Lelli arrested (
  2. ^ Acquittal for Millar and Lelli ( ( Memento from October 20, 2007 in the Internet Archive )