Paolini is mostly known as the (former) super servant of Paolo Bettini, but has itself also a nice built. He has among other things the semi classics Round of Piedmont, theBrabant arrow and the Omloop Het nieuwsblad . On 2004 's the World Championships in Verona , he was third in the road race.
Spread over his career Paolini drove several times the tour of France and tour of Spain. In the 2006 tour of Spain he won a stage. It was not until 2013 did Paolini on 36-year-old age for the first time take part in the Giro d'Italia. He knew this right away to win the third stage and the pink jersey . He wore the Jersey four days.
- 1st, stage 3, tour de Wallonie
- 3rd and 6th stage tour of Britain
- Points classification , tour of Britain
- 1st, stage 1 three days of De Panne
- Points classification three days of De Panne