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Daniele Bennati

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Place: Arezzo
Birth: 24/09/1980
Country: ITA
Height: 184 Cm
Weight: 73 Kg
Pro debut: 2002
Years in team: 2
Career path:

2017-2018: Movistar Team
2013-2016: Tinkoff
2011-2012: Leopard / RadioShack
2008-2010: Liquigas
2005-2007: Lampre
2004: Phonak
2002-2003: Acqua / Domina

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Daniele Bennati

THE DOMESTIQUE EVERYONE WANTS TO HAVE. Despite having spent only two seasons into the Movistar Team roster, he’s ammassed immense recognition from all members with his elegance and commitment, both on and off the bike. The team leaders have been even more fond of his work and actively ask for him to be by their side at the Grand Tours, where he puts all of his experience into practice. He hasn’t only devoted his career to be a world-class sprinter, but also a brilliant domestique in support of Grand Tour winners like Nibali or Contador. His ability to position leaders well into the bunch has also been visible at the World Championships, where the Italian national team have long kept him aboard as their road captain.

MORE THAN FIFTY VICTORIES. Not many riders in the professional peloton are able to brag about both being active and having more than 50 wins in their palmarès. Bennati’s finishing strength has allowed him claiming victory in prestigious one-day Italian races (Toscana, Pantano, Misano, Prato, Piemonte), as well as stages in all three Grand Tours and, above all, lots of different events across the world: Andalusia, Denmark, Wallonia, Austria, La Sarthe, Tirreno, Oman, Sardinia, Grosetto, Mallorca, Regio-Tour, Poland, Germany, Trentino, Catalonia, La Panne, Romandie, the BinckBank Tour or the Tour Méditerranéen. Now, aged 38, he continues to fight for decent results when race circumstances and supporting-role responsibilities allow him to do so, just like in the opening trophy of the Challenge Mallorca early in 2018, where he took 7th place.

17 YEARS IN GRAND TOURS. A professional for eighteen seasons -only his debut season had him racing no three-week events-, Bennati has an enormous load of experience under his belt on Grand Tours. He’s ridden 25 of them -11 Vueltas a España, 8 Tours de France, 6 Giros d’Italia– and is one of less than hundred men in history to win a stage in all three. In his case, 11 have his name written: 3 in Giro, 2 in the Tour, 6 in the Vuelta. Daniele has also won the Points jersey in Italy (2007) and Spain (2008).

  Despite falling into disuse lately, his nickname is ‘Pantera’, a reference to his elegante, powerful sprints in the early 2000s, where he gained respect and popularity as one of the world’s best sprinters.

 2017 marked the realization of a dream for Bennati as he finally shared teams with his most admired rider in the peloton: Alejandro Valverde. Disgrace, though, made it impossible for them to enjoy together a Grand Tour, the Tour de France, as ‘Bala’ crashed only 7km into the opening time trial in Düsseldorf.  Fortunately, they did have a chance to race the Tour and the Vuelta together in 2018, and in 2019, ‘Benna’ will be with ‘Bala’ as he sports the rainbow jersey.

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Palmares

54 Victories as professional

1st Giro della Toscana 2016
1st (1st stage) Tour of Denmark 2016
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2016
1st GP Industria e Commercio di Prato 2015
1st (18th stage) Vuelta a España 2012
1st (20th stage) Vuelta a España 2011
1st (3rd stage) Tour de Wallonie 2011
1st (8th stage) Tour of Austria 2011
1st (5th stage) Circuit de la Sarthe 2011
1st (3rd stage) Circuit de la Sarthe 2011
1st (1st stage) Circuit de la Sarthe 2011
1st Giro della Toscana 2010
1st (3rd stage) Tirreno-Adriatico 2010
1st (2nd stage) Tour of Oman 2010
1st Giro di Sardegna 2009
1st (4th stage) Giro di Sardegna 2009
1st (1st stage) Giro della Provincia di Grosseto 2009
1st Trofeo Inca 2009
1st Giro del Piemonte 2008
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a España 2008
1st (3rd stage) Eneco Tour 2008
1st (12th stage) Giro d'Italia 2008
1st (9th stage) Giro d'Italia 2008
1st (3rd stage) Giro d'Italia 2008
1st (5th stage) Tour de Romandie 2008
1st (21th stage) Vuelta a España 2007
1st (17th stage) Vuelta a España 2007
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a España 2007
1st (20th stage) Tour de France 2007
1st (17th stage) Tour de France 2007
1st (2nd stage) Driedaagse De Panne 2007
1st (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2007
1st (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2007
1st (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2007
1st (2nd stage) Tour Méditerranéen 2007
1st Giro del Piemonte 2006
1st GP Industria e Commercio di Prato 2006
1st GP Città di Misano 2006
1st (4th stage) Tour de Pologne 2006
1st (2nd stage) Tour de Pologne 2006
1st Memorial Marco Pantani 2006
1st (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2006
1st (4th stage) Giro del Trentino 2006
1st (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2006
1st (4th stage) Tour de Pologne 2005
1st (2nd stage) Tour de Pologne 2005
1st (9th stage) Deutschland-Tour 2005
1st (5th stage) Deutschland-Tour 2005
1st (3rd stage) Deutschland-Tour 2005
1st Giro della Toscana 2005
1st (3rd stage) Tour de Pologne 2003
1st (5th stage) Tour Méditerranéen 2003
1st (5th stage) Regio-Tour 2002
1st (1st stage) Tour of Austria 2002

Other results

2nd PARIS-TOURS 2005
2nd GENT-WEVELGEM 2011
3rd GIRO DEL PIEMONTE 2016
5th MILAN-SAN REMO 2010
1st REGULARIDAD GIRO D'ITALIA 2008
1st REGULARIDAD VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2007
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Results
2019

14 Days of Racing
1269.3 Km covered

3rd (2nd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
4th Vuelta a Castilla y León
10th (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
46th (1st stage) Tour de la Provence
49th (1st stage) Settimana Coppi e Bartali
57th (4th stage) Challenge Mallorca
83th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León
127th (2nd stage) Tour de la Provence
144th Milano-Sanremo
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Vuelta a España

An injury to his achiles produced by a stone crashing against his ankle, as he rode through a gravel section in Gent-Wevelgem, made Daniele Bennati miss out on Flanders, Roubaix and his beloved Giro. However, the expert, elegant Italian rouleur has completed yet another brilliant season’s work for the Blues, supporting Valverde, Quintana and Landa in some of their 2018 victories and performing quite well in the Tour de France.

‘Benna’ knows the Vuelta well, having taken the start of the race ten times. Most of his appearances have implied the Arezzo native embarking on quests for stage victories as a sprinter – and even the points jersey, which he conquered in 2007 after three stage wins. Daniele’s tally was further increased in 2008, 2011 and 2012, scoring a success at each. His work in this year’s race, though, will be fully focused on protecting the team’s main names – something as much, if not even more, valuable as the individual task.

2018 schedule (53 racing days) > Trofeo Campos – Ses Salines (7th); Abu Dhabi Tour (DNF st. 5); Strade Bianche (DNF); Tirreno-Adriatico (88th); Milano-Sanremo (91th); Gent-Wevelgem (DNF); Vuelta a Madrid (80th); Vuelta a Aragón (109th); Tour de Suisse (82nd); Italian Championships’ road race (62nd); Tour de France (104th).

Previous Vuelta appearances > 2016: 107th. 2015: 131st. 2014: 108th. 2012: 144th + 1 stage win. 2011: 112nd + 1 stage win. 2010: 84th. 2009: 84th. 2008: DNS st. 10 (1 stage win). 2007: 64th + 3 stage wins. 2002: DNS st. 15.