"Michele Bartoli (born May 27, 1970 in Pisa, Italy) is a retired Italian road cyclist. He was a single-day race specialist, and was a 2-time champion of the Union Cycliste Internationale World Cup series.
He turned professional in 1996 with the MG-Technogym team of Giancarlo Ferretti. After a brief stint with the Asics team in 1998 he joined the Italian super-squad Mapei from 1999 to 2001. After a feud with his former super-domestique Paolo Bettini he left Mapei to re-join Ferretti at the Fassa-Bortolo squad for 2002-2003. He retired at the end of the 2004 season with the CSC squad, citing lack of motivation.
Bartoli is widely considered to be the most complete classics rider in recent years. He has won a wide variety of classics, starting with the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Omloop ""Het Volk"" cobbled races in 1996 and 2001 respectively, and hilly races such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 1997 and 1998, HEW Cyclassics in 1997, Züri-Metzgete in 1998, Fleche Wallonne in 1999, and the Amstel Gold Race in 2002. He won the Giro di Lombardia twice in a row in 2002 and 2003.
In addition, he was the Italian national champion in 2000, and has won several short stage races such as the Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour de Reggio Calabria and Trois Jours de la Panne.
One notable omission from his list of victories in the UCI World Cycling Championship, although he has made several notable attempts.
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