Claudio Chiappucci

You can divide  climber in 2 categories, the “scattista” means the one who climb by relaunch himself after every corner and using lighter gear, (normally small and light up to 55/60kg  like Pantani, Fuentes, Lecarreta, Van Impe, Virenque etc),

and the “progressista” which is the one who climbs without following lighter rider accelerations but using bigger gears and pacing them self on a very steady but effective speed (Ullrich, Indurain, Hinault, Le Mond, Armstrong etc)

Maillot au pois (King of the mountain) at the Tour the France and second overall twice Chiappucci is considered to be one of the greatest climber.

Troughout is early junior career he was a very good climber but only later as pro he came out great climber. That mainly to do with the great distances which was more ideal for his biological capacity.

Chiappucci does not enter in above two categories but he has a very unique qualitie when is to do with climbing, he needs two very important situations to excel, hot weather, and very long hard races. Then he will attack and like a diesel engine never stop.

Better known as “El Diablo”, Chiappucci is one of the most famous and highly-regarded cyclists of the Nineties. He was loved for his dogged determination and competitive aggression. The climber from Uboldo, born in ’63, hit the headlines during the Tour de France in 1990 when he managed to get an advantage of 10 minutes on the favourites thanks to a lightening breakaway in the first days of the competition. He wore the yellow jersey until the penultimate stage, a time trial. Lemond, the hot favourite, won the race but Chiappucci still managed to hang on to second place. This wasn’t Chiappucci’s only silver in the Tour as he also came second in ’92, to Miguel Indurain. Chiappucci placed second twice in the Giro d’Italia as well, in ’91 and in ’92. He won the silver medal in the World Championships in Sicily two years later. “El Diablo” has certainly earned our respect.

Even now at 46 he still ride his bike almost every day. Every time I go back to Italy I ride with him and believe me you don’t want to challenge him on a climb. VAI EL DIABLO!