Felice Gimondi

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Felice Gimondi
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Felice Gimondi in 2009
Personal information
Full name Felice Gimondi
Nickname The Phoenix
Born (1942-09-29) 29 September 1942 (age 71)
Sedrina, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Classics
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
1965–1972
1973–1979
Salvarani
Bianchi
Major wins

Grand Tours Stage races

Tour de France
General Classification (1965)
7 stages
Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1967, 1969, 1976)
6 stages
Vuelta a España
General Classification (1968)
1 stage
Volta a Catalunya (1972)
Tour de Romandie (1969)

One-day races and Classics

Road Race World Championship (1973)
Milan – San Remo (1974)
Paris–Roubaix (1966)
Giro di Lombardia (1966, 1973)
Grand Prix des Nations (1967, 1968)
Italian Road Race Championship (1968, 1972)
Infobox last updated on
7 April 2009

Felice Gimondi (pronounced [feˈlitʃe dʒiˈmondi]; born 29 September 1942) is an Italian former professional racing cyclist. With his 1968 victory at the Vuelta a España, only three years after becoming a professional cyclist, Gimondi, nicknamed "The Phoenix", was the second cyclist (after Jacques Anquetil) to win all three Grand Tours of road cycling: Tour de France (1965, his first year as a pro), Giro d'Italia (1967, 1969 and 1976), and Vuelta a España (1968).[1] He remains one of only six cyclists to have done so.[2]

Biography[edit]

Gimondi grew up cycling with his mother, a postal carrier who rode a bicycle to make her deliveries. In 1964 Gimondi rode the road race at the 1964 Olympic Games, where he finished in 33rd place.[3] After winning the amateur version of the Tour de France (Tour de l'Avenir), he was signed, in 1965, as a professional to the Salvarani team. With the withdrawal of another cyclist from Salvarani's Tour de France team, Gimondi was added at the last minute and went on to win the tour, becoming an Italian national hero.

In 1966, he won two of the 'Monument' Classics: Paris–Roubaix and the Giro di Lombardia. Gimondi also won the UCI World Championshipss in 1973, after placing second in 1971 and third in 1970.

In the Giro d'Italia, Gimondi holds the record for the most podium finishes: nine total, consisting of three first place wins, two second place finishes and four third place finishes. He is currently associated with the Bianchi bicycle manufacturer.

He failed twice to pass doping controls, first in 1968 Giro[4] and second in 1975 Tour.[5]

A major cyclosportive event is named in his honour, the Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi, held annually around Bergamo. Likewise Bianchi have named one of their high level framesets after him the "FG Lite".

Currently, Gimondi is president of the TX Active – Bianchi cycling team, specialized in MTB races.[6]

Major victories[edit]

Significant victories by year[edit]

Felice Gimondi on a 1969 UAE stamp

Source:[7]

1963
Giro del Friuli
1964
Tour de l'Avenir
1965
Jersey yellow.svg 3 stages and Overall classification of the Tour de France
1966
Paris–Roubaix
Giro di Lombardia
1 stage of the Giro d'Italia
Paris–Brussels
1 stage of the Tour de Romandie
Coppa Agostoni
Coppa Placci
1967
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification of the Giro d'Italia
2 stages of the Tour de France
Grand Prix des Nations
Giro del Lazio
Gran Premio di Lugano
1968
Jersey gold.svg 1 stage and Overall classification of the Vuelta a España
Trofeo Baracchi
Grand Prix des Nations
1 stage of the Giro d'Italia
Giro di Romagna, valid as Italy Italian National Road Race Championship
Critérium des As
1969
Jersey pink.svg Overall classification of the Giro d'Italia
Tour de Romandie (with 1 stage victory)
Giro dell'Appennino
1 stage of the Tour de France
1 stage of the Paris–Luxembourg
1970
Trofeo Matteotti
1 stage of the Tour de Suisse
1 stage of the Tirreno–Adriatico
1971
Tour de Romandie
2 stages of the Giro d'Italia
Giro del Piemonte
Grand Prix de Wallonie
1972
Gran Premio di Lugano
Volta a Catalunya
Giro dell'Appennino, valid as Italy Italian National Road Race Championship
Six-Days of Milan
1973
Arc en ciel.svg UCI World Championshipss, in Barcelona
Giro di Lombardia
Giro del Piemonte
1 stage of the Giro d'Italia
Trofeo Baracchi
Coppa Bernocchi
Giro di Puglia (with 1 stage victory)
1974
Milan – San Remo
Coppa Agostoni
1975
1 stage of the Tour de France
1976
Jersey pink.svg 1 stage and Overall classification of the Giro d'Italia
Paris–Brussels
1977
Six-Days of Milan

Grand Tour results timeline[edit]

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
Tour 1 DNE 7 DNE 4 DNE DNE 2 DNE DNE 5 DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 3 2 1 0 1
Mountains classification 4 4 6 NR 5
Points classification 3 5 5 6 17
Giro 3 5 1 3 1 2 7 8 2 3 3 1 15 11
Stages won 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Mountains classification NR NR 3 NR 3 7 9 NR 4 NR NR 11 NR NR
Points classification N/A NR NR NR NR 5 3 4 3 NR 3 3 NR NR
Vuelta DNE DNE DNE 1 DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 1
Mountains classification 4
Points classification NR
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

References[edit]

  1. ^ Felice Gimondi. Cycling Hall of Fame.
  2. ^ Mehl, Cathy. Contador's place in history. astana-cyclingteam.com
  3. ^ Felice Gimondi. Sports reference.
  4. ^ (Spanish) La Vanguardia (Spanish). Hemeroteca.lavanguardia.es (18 June 1968). Retrieved on 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ El mundo deportivo (Spanish). Hemeroteca.elmundodeportivo.es (30 July 1975). Retrieved on 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ 2008 Official Gewiss-Bianchi Team: in pursuit of new emotions and victories. bianchi.com
  7. ^ Felice Gimondi profile at Cycling Archives

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