Michele Bartoli, great Italian specialist of the classics has won many monuments of cycling history. Born in Pisa, on May 27, 1970 he joined the professional peloton in 1992.
It is from 1995 that "the cat" nicknamed so by the cycling community thanks to his ability to be forgotten in the race and to jump at any moment, reveals itself on the monuments. He realized many TOP 10 and took the 4th place in the world cup. The seasons follow each other and are similar but Michele is not a grand tour rider despite 2 stage wins on a grand tour.
Today his experience helps his training academy for young cyclists.
It was in 1995 that he was nicknamed "the cat", with his ability to be forgotten in races and pounce when not expected...
It is from this moment on, that he will reveal himself on the monuments of cycling; with many TOP 10 and also a fourth place in the world cup.
However, the seasons follow each other and look the same, Michele is not recognized to be a grand tour rider. Still, he would accede to two stage victories on a grand tour during his career. "