Isidro Nozal

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Isidro Nozal
Personal information
Full name Isidro Nozal
Born (1977-10-18) 18 October 1977 (age 44)
Barakaldo, Spain
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1999–2006 ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2007 Astana
2008–2009 Karpin–Galicia
Infobox last updated on
8 May 2011

Isidro Nozal Vega (born 18 October 1977) is a former Spanish professional road racing cyclist. He has become somewhat famous for not showering during Grand Tours for fear that the water will soften his muscles .[citation needed] Nozal was runner-up in the 2003 Vuelta a España and an instrumental domestique in Roberto Heras' 2004 Vuelta a España win.


In 2005, he was suspended for two weeks after being tested with a hematocrit level above 50 before the start of Dauphine Libere.[1] In 2006, he was initially implicated in the Operación Puerto doping case, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing by Spanish officials.[2] Later admitted involvement, saying he did three blood tranfusions with Fuentes in the season before the 2005 Dauphine Libere, but denying he doped.[3] For the 2008 and 2009 seasons Nozal rode for the Portuguese Pro Continental team of Liberty Seguros.[4] In September 2009 Nozal and two teammates (Nuno Ribeiro and Hector Guerra) were announced to have tested positive for EPO-CERA in samples taken for the previous month's Tour of Portugal.[5] Liberty Seguros immediately announced that it would cease sponsorship of the team and its participation in cycling. Ribeiro had initially been declared the winner but the second-placed rider, Spain's David Blanco, was elevated to the overall win. Nozal, Ribeiro, and Guerra all received two-year suspensions from cycling.[6]

Major achievements and teams

1999 – ONCE - Deutsche Bank

First year as a professional

2000 – ONCE - Deutsche Bank
2001 – ONCE - Eroski
6th Overall, Vuelta Ciclista a la Rioja
2002 – ONCE - Eroski
Stage 3 – Clasica de Alcobendas
Stage 3 – Vuelta a Burgos
2003 – ONCE - Eroski
2nd Overall, Vuelta a España
Stage 6 (ITT), 13
2004 – Liberty Seguros
14th Overall, Giro di Lombardia
7th Overall, Vuelta a España
2005 – Liberty Seguros-Würth
2006 – Astana-Würth Team

Grand Tour General classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Giro 68
Tour 38 72 73
Vuelta 2 7 DNF

DNF = did not finish


  1. - the first WWW cycling results and news service
  2. VeloNews | Wednesday's EuroFile: Astana 5’ cleared by Spanish courts; Landis sets post-Tour schedule | The Journal of Competitive Cycling
  4. O Norte Desportivo Online
  5. 19 September 2009
  6. 24 July 2010