Bobby Julich Highlights |

Bobby Julich Highlights

Glenwood Springs High School graduate Bobby Julich was honored as Thursday was proclaimed “Bobby Julich Day” by the Garfield County commissioners. Julich has been a star on the national and international competitive cycling for two decades.Here are a few highlights of Julich’s amateur and professional cycling career so far.1985At 14, Julich enters the Red Zinger Mini Classic, a stage race for junior riders in Boulder. He reveals his talent by winning his age category.1987Julich continues to rack up wins on the junior circuit. He accomplishes a major feat by winning that year’s Junior National Road Race Championship. That victory helps him earn a spot on the U.S. Junior National team.1988-1989Earns back-to-back first-place honors at the Tour de L’Abitibi, a prestigious junior stage race in Canada. Competes in the Junior World Cycling championships both years.1990Graduates from Glenwood Springs High School. Captures that year’s Junior National Cyclo-cross individual championship.1991Races as a member of the U.S. National team at the Tour DuPont, the biggest stage race held in the United States. Finishes fifth overall, earning Julich the award as “Best Young Rider” of the event.1992Selected as an alternate for the ’92 Olympic cycling team. Did not compete. Wins the Everett Classic, a national calendar race in Washington state. Takes 10th place overall in return appearance at the Tour DuPont.1993Turns professional, set to compete with Team Rossin. Sponsor pulls support just before ’93 pro season begins, forcing Julich to race as a “free agent.” Paying his own way to major races, Julich continues to shine with strong efforts at the First Union Grand Prix in Atlanta and the USPRO Championships in Philadelphia.1994Joins Team Chevrolet for that year’s pro season. Makes triumphant return to Tour DuPont, winning the prologue and earning seventh overall. Runner-up at the Corestates Lancaster Classic, a major race held on the East Coast.1995Signs with Team Motorola, the U.S.’s top pro cycling team. Racing as a team member with Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie and Andrea Peron, assists teammates to top-three places at the Thrift Drug Classic in Pittsburgh while finishing ninth. Concludes season with a third-place finish at the Commonwealth Bank Classic in Australia.1996After going through successful heart surgery to fix an “electrical problem,” Julich has a break-through ride at the Tour of Spain – taking ninth place – at the time, the highest place ever by an American rider. Finishes season with an 11th place mark at the 1996 World Road Race Championship.1997Joins Team Cofidis after Motorola drops their cycling sponsorship at the end of the ’96 season. Earns a spot on the team for that year’s Tour de France. Finishes 17th overall with four top-10 stage finishes.1998Taking over the role as Cofidis’ team leader at the Tour de France after top-rider Francesco Casagrande crashes, Julich moves in a second-place overall tie at one point of the race, finishing third overall.1999Marries fiancé Angela, establishes residence near Philadelphia. Suffers injury-plagued year which includes a fractured elbow and ribs after a crash at the Tour de France. Season ends after Julich has a concussion in another crash at the Tour of Spain.2000Begins two-year run as a member of French team Credit Agricole. Earns second place at the Tour of the Mediterranean and sixth in the Circuit de la Sarthe, later that spring. Allergies flair-up prior to Tour de France, hindering Julich’s performance.2001Helps Credit Agricole win the stage 5 team time trial at the Tour de France.2002-2003Now with Team Telekom, Julich celebrates birth of daughter Olivia on Sept. 14, 2002. Team Telekom goes through a major overhaul. Julich races more than 100 days in ’03 season, including a 14th place performance at the World Time Trial Championship. Signs a one-year deal with Team CSC in November.2004Banner year for Julich. Takes the bronze medal for the U.S. in the ’04 Summer Olympic in the individual time trial behind fellow medal-winners Tyler Hamilton and Viacheslav Ekimov. As a member of Team CSC, Julich finishes Tour de France for the sixth time, which includes a ninth-place finish in the Tour’s prologue. Moves to 67th best rider in the world and is ranked 10th among pro cyclists in the UCI rankings. Inks two-year contract to continue association with Team CSC. Stars in filmmaker Jamie Paolineetti’s documentary “PRO,” a feature on the USPRO Championship race.2005Julich scores his biggest win as a pro in March by taking the overall championship in the Paris-Nice. Goes on to win Criterium International, the Tour of Benelux and finishes seventh in the ’05 individual ProTour standings. Helps Team CSC earn No. 1 team award of the ProTeam series.Complied by Phil SandovalSource:

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