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Filippo Pozzato through the years - Gallery

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Filippo Pozzato enters into the spirit of things with Manuel Quinziato at the 2007 Tour de France in London.

Filippo Pozzato enters into the spirit of things with Manuel Quinziato at the 2007 Tour de France in London.
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Filippo Pozzato with Daniele Bennati and Franco Pellizotti at Liquigas.

Filippo Pozzato with Daniele Bennati and Franco Pellizotti at Liquigas.
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Filippo Pozzato in the winning move at the 2012 Tour of Flanders.

Filippo Pozzato in the winning move at the 2012 Tour of Flanders.
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Filippo Pozzato piles on the pressure at the 2012 Tour of Flanders. Tom Boonen follows.

Filippo Pozzato piles on the pressure at the 2012 Tour of Flanders. Tom Boonen follows.
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Filippo Pozzato was beaten by his old teammate Tom Boonen at the 2012 Tour of Flanders.

Filippo Pozzato was beaten by his old teammate Tom Boonen at the 2012 Tour of Flanders.
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Filippo Pozzato dropped down to Pro Continental level with Vini Fantini in 2012.

Filippo Pozzato dropped down to Pro Continental level with Vini Fantini in 2012.
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Filippo Pozzato helped to tee up Tom Boonen's 2006 Tour of Flanders win.

Filippo Pozzato helped to tee up Tom Boonen's 2006 Tour of Flanders win.
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Filippo Pozzato with Tom Boonen on his wheel at Quick-Step in 2006.

Filippo Pozzato with Tom Boonen on his wheel at Quick-Step in 2006.
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Filippo Pozzato is mobbed on the Via Roma after winning Milan-San Remo in 2006.

Filippo Pozzato is mobbed on the Via Roma after winning Milan-San Remo in 2006.
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Filippo Pozzato joined former Mapei teammate Paolo Bettini at Quick-Step in 2005 and 2006.

Filippo Pozzato joined former Mapei teammate Paolo Bettini at Quick-Step in 2005 and 2006.
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Filippo Pozzato at Gent-Wevelgem in 2005.

Filippo Pozzato at Gent-Wevelgem in 2005.
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Filippo Pozzato during his tenure at Quick-Step.

Filippo Pozzato during his tenure at Quick-Step.
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Filippo Pozzato meets the press ahead of the 2007 Milan-San Remo.

Filippo Pozzato meets the press ahead of the 2007 Milan-San Remo.
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The odd couple. Filippo Pozzato with Luca Scinto in 2012.

The odd couple. Filippo Pozzato with Luca Scinto in 2012.
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Filippo Pozzato won the Trofeo Laigueglia for a third time in 2013.

Filippo Pozzato won the Trofeo Laigueglia for a third time in 2013.
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Filippo Pozzato mistakenly believes he has won the 2013 Roma Maxima, not realising the break has stayed clear.

Filippo Pozzato mistakenly believes he has won the 2013 Roma Maxima, not realising the break has stayed clear.
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Filippo Pozzato spent two years at Liquigas.

Filippo Pozzato spent two years at Liquigas.
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Mark Scanlon beats Filippo Pozzato to the junior title at the 1998 Worlds in Valkenburg.

Mark Scanlon beats Filippo Pozzato to the junior title at the 1998 Worlds in Valkenburg.
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Filippo Pozzato wins at Saint-Brieuc on the 2004 Tour de France.

Filippo Pozzato wins at Saint-Brieuc on the 2004 Tour de France.
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Filippo Pozzato finished his career with Wilier-Selle Italia.

Filippo Pozzato finished his career with Wilier-Selle Italia.
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Filippo Pozzato at the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

Filippo Pozzato at the 2017 Giro d'Italia.
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Filippo Pozzato returned to Luca Scinto with Southeast in 2016.

Filippo Pozzato returned to Luca Scinto with Southeast in 2016.
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A youthful Filippo Pozzato after taking silver at the junior Worlds in Valkenburg in 1998.

A youthful Filippo Pozzato after taking silver at the junior Worlds in Valkenburg in 1998.
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Filippo Pozzato claimed two medals but no rainbow jersey at the 1998 Worlds.

Filippo Pozzato claimed two medals but no rainbow jersey at the 1998 Worlds.
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Filippo Pozzato reports for duty at Lampre.

Filippo Pozzato reports for duty at Lampre.
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Filippo Pozzato wins the 2013 Coppa Agostoni.

Filippo Pozzato wins the 2013 Coppa Agostoni.
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Filippo Pozzato with Fassa Bortolo manager Giancarlo Ferretti on the day of his Tour de France debut in Liege in 2004.

Filippo Pozzato with Fassa Bortolo manager Giancarlo Ferretti on the day of his Tour de France debut in Liege in 2004.
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Filippo Pozzato long regretted his 4th place finish at the 2010 Worlds in Geelong.

Filippo Pozzato long regretted his 4th place finish at the 2010 Worlds in Geelong.
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Filippo Pozzato at the Giro della Liguria in 2004.

Filippo Pozzato at the Giro della Liguria in 2004.
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Filippo Pozzato meets the press during the cobbled Classics in 2009.

Filippo Pozzato meets the press during the cobbled Classics in 2009.
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Filippo Pozzato with the late Franco Ballerini.

Filippo Pozzato with the late Franco Ballerini.
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Filippo Pozzato at Liquigas.

Filippo Pozzato at Liquigas.
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Filippo Pozzato won Tirreno-Adriatico at the age of 21 in 2003.

Filippo Pozzato won Tirreno-Adriatico at the age of 21 in 2003.
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Filippo Pozzato wins his first Trofeo Laigueglia in 2003.

Filippo Pozzato wins his first Trofeo Laigueglia in 2003.
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Filippo Pozzato joined Katusha in 2009.

Filippo Pozzato joined Katusha in 2009.
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Finest hour. Filippo Pozzato wins Milan-San Remo in 2006.

Finest hour. Filippo Pozzato wins Milan-San Remo in 2006.
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Filippo Pozzato wins the 2007 Trofeo Matteotti.

Filippo Pozzato wins the 2007 Trofeo Matteotti.
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Filippo Pozzato wins at Autun, Tour de France 2007.

Filippo Pozzato wins at Autun, Tour de France 2007.
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Filippo Pozzato wins Omloop Het Volk in 2007.

Filippo Pozzato wins Omloop Het Volk in 2007.
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Filippo Pozzato wins the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto in 2008.

Filippo Pozzato wins the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto in 2008.
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Filippo Pozzato contemplates second place at Paris-Roubaix, 2009.

Filippo Pozzato contemplates second place at Paris-Roubaix, 2009.
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Filippo Pozzato chases Tom Boonen at Paris-Roubaix in 2009.

Filippo Pozzato chases Tom Boonen at Paris-Roubaix in 2009.
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Filippo Pozzato had to settle for second behind Tom Boonen at Paris-Roubaix in 2009.

Filippo Pozzato had to settle for second behind Tom Boonen at Paris-Roubaix in 2009.
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Filippo Pozzato wins in Recanati on the 2010 Giro d'Italia.

Filippo Pozzato wins in Recanati on the 2010 Giro d'Italia.
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Filippo Pozzato on the dirt roads near Montalcino at the 2010 Giro.

Filippo Pozzato on the dirt roads near Montalcino at the 2010 Giro.
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Filippo Pozzato paid tribute to the late Franco Ballerini at the 2010 Paris-Roubaix.

Filippo Pozzato paid tribute to the late Franco Ballerini at the 2010 Paris-Roubaix.
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A young Filippo Pozzato at the Coppa Placci.

A young Filippo Pozzato at the Coppa Placci.
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Filippo Pozzato ahead of the 2008 Tour of Flanders.

Filippo Pozzato ahead of the 2008 Tour of Flanders.
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Hometown hero. Filippo Pozzato won the Giro del Veneto in 2009.

Hometown hero. Filippo Pozzato won the Giro del Veneto in 2009.
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Filippo Pozzato won the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto in 2008.

Filippo Pozzato won the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto in 2008.
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Italian champion Filippo Pozzato with world champion Alessandro Ballan at the 2009 Tour de France.

Italian champion Filippo Pozzato with world champion Alessandro Ballan at the 2009 Tour de France.
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Filippo Pozzato's initial Italian champion's jersey upset traditionalists.

Filippo Pozzato's initial Italian champion's jersey upset traditionalists.
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Filippo Pozzato at the 2003 Tirreno-Adriatico with Oscar Freire.

Filippo Pozzato at the 2003 Tirreno-Adriatico with Oscar Freire.
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Filippo Pozzato flies the flag for peace. Tirreno-Adriatico 2003.

Filippo Pozzato flies the flag for peace. Tirreno-Adriatico 2003.
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Filippo Pozzato in Mapei colours in 2002.

Filippo Pozzato in Mapei colours in 2002.
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It's Filippo Pozzato.

It's Filippo Pozzato.
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Filippo Pozzato announced his retirement on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a long, varied and colourful career. The Italian was among the longest-serving riders in the peloton, having started his professional career in 2000.

From the outset, Pozzato was lauded as a predestinato and he bypassed the amateur category by moving directly from junior racing to Mapei, the peloton’s most star-studded team.

After a three-year apprenticeship, Pozzato hit the big time when he moved to Fassa Bortolo in 2003, winning Tirreno-Adriatico as a 21-year-old that same season. Stage wins at the Tour de France and victory at the 2006 Milan-San Remo soon followed, but while Pozzato became a consistent performer in the Classics, he endured more heartbreak than happiness in the Monuments.

Second place finishes at Milan-San Remo (2008), Paris-Roubaix (2009) and the Tour of Flanders (2012) – not to mention 4th at the 2010 Worlds in Geelong – saw Pozzato cast as a nearly-man, and routinely criticised for his apparent failure to land the biggest prizes.

Pozzato’s charisma and articulacy meant that he remained one of the Italian gruppo’s biggest names even after his star had begun to wane in recent seasons. His reputation was enough to secure wildcards for Wilier-Triestina, while he developed a large following on social media and became something of a fixture on Rai television’s Processo alla Tappa post-race show during his final Giro d’Italia appearances.

Although linked with a move to the revamped CCC team earlier in 2018, Pozzato began to ponder retirement over the summer and he confirmed a decision long since taken on Tuesday morning.

Scroll through the gallery above for an overview of Pozzato’s career, which saw him ride for Mapei, Fassa Bortolo, Quick-Step, Liquigas, Katusha, Vini Fantini, Lampre and Wilier.