Professional road racing cyclist who is recognized for having won the 2004 Giro d'Italia and the 2008 Amstel Gold Race. He raced for the UCI Pro Continental team Nippo-Vini Fantini.
He began cycling as a teenager and had a successful cross-country running career.
In 2017, he took 7th place at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
He is from Italy.
He competed against Fränk Schleck in the 2008 Amstel Gold Race.