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Gallery: Looking back at Paolo Bettini on his 40th birthday

On his 40th birthday, we look back at the career of Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Paolo Bettini
Bettini turns 40: 2000 Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Bettini turns 40: Mapei Kit
Bettini turns 40: 2002 Liège–Bastogne–Liège attack
Bettini turns 40: 2002 Liège–Bastogne–Liège victory
Mapei sponsored one of cycling’s top teams in the late 1990s but has been absent from the WorldTour for 14 years. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).
Bettini turns 40: World Cup Zurich
Bettini turns 40: 2003 Milano-Sanremo Cipressa attack
Bettini turns 40: 2003 Milano-Sanremo Poggio
Bettini turns 40: 2003 Milano-Sanremo victory
Bettini was on a tear in 2003, having won Milano SanRemo earlier in the year, and was a favorite for the worlds. Photo: Tim De Waele
Bettini turns 40: 2003 Clásica San Sebastian
Bettini turns 40: 2003 San Sebastián victory
Bettini was on a tear in 2003 having won Milano SanRemo earlier in the year, and was a favoirite for the worlds. Photo: Tim De Waele
Bettini turns 40: 2004 Tirreno-Adriatico
Bettini turns 40: Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6
Bettini turns 40: 2004 Tour de France
Bettini turns 40: 2004 Athens Olympics
Bettini turns 40: Giro d'Italia points jersey
Bettini turns 40: 2005 Giro di Lombardia
Bettini turns 40: 2006 road worlds
Bettini turns 40: 2006 road worlds celebration
Bettini turns 40: 2006 Giro di Lombardia
Bettini turns 40: 2006 Giro di Lombardia victory
Bettini turns 40: Vuelta stage wins
Bettini turns 40: 2007 road worlds victory
Bettini turns 40: Count them, two
Bettini turns 40: Saying good bye
Bettini turns 40: National team director