|Full name||Paolo Savoldelli|
|Nickname||Il Falco ("The Falcon")|
7 May 1973 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)|
|Infobox last updated on
2 January 2008
Savoldelli is a climber but known for his fast downhill riding. He is nicknamed Il Falco ("the falcon"). His downhill skills won him the 2005 Giro. His descent of the Colle delle Finestre before the final ascent to Sestriere in the penultimate stage, closed a gap to Gilberto Simoni, preserving his lead and giving him the win.
Savoldelli retired from competitive professional cycling at the end of the 2008 season.1 He did not leave the cycling world however, as he embarked in a career with the medias' coverage of the sport.
In 2012, Savoldelli works for the Italian television channel RAI, providing viewers with commentaries on cycling races. He is commenting from a motorbike, offering insights from a first-hand point of view.2 He concludes each of his interventions with an emphatic "A Voi!" (Italian for "Back to you!"), which became his trademark.3
- 1997 – Rosslotto
- 1st, stage 4, Hofbrau Cup
- 1999 – Saeco
- 1st, Trofeo Laigueglia
- 2nd overall, Giro d'Italia
- 1st, stage 14
- 1st overall, Giro del Trentino
- 1st, stage 1
- 2006 – Discovery Channel
- 1st, prologue, Tour de Romandie
- 5th overall, Giro d'Italia
- 1st, prologue
- 1st, Combination classification
- "Paolo Savoldelli Retires". Velochimp (Velochimp). 9 September 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Pooley. Binda. Again". BikeRadar (Future Publishing Limited). 1 April 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Sulle strade di casa Savoldelli parla bergamasco "...a oter!"... la linea". bicibg (in italian) (Duemilacom). 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Paolo Savoldelli profile at Cycling Archives