Franco Bitossi

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Franco Bitossi
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Personal information
Full name Franco Bitossi
Nickname Cuore matto (Crazy heart)
Born (1940-09-01) September 1, 1940 (age 74)
Camaioni di Carmignano, Italy
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
Tour de France points classification (1968)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1967)
Giro di Lombardia (1967, 1970)
Infobox last updated on
April 16, 2007

Franco Bitossi (born September 1, 1940) is an Italian former professional cyclist. He was born in Camaioni di Carmignano.

Bitossi cycled for three years as an amateur and became a professional in October 1961, after he had reached the required age of 21.[1] As a professional cyclist, from 1961 until 1978, he won a total of 171 races.

In 1965 he won the Tour de Suisse and the Züri-Metzgete, which he won again in 1968. In 1967 he won the Tirreno–Adriatico, Giro di Lombardia and Coppa Agostoni, while the following year he became the first Italian to win the points classification in the Tour de France.[2]

In 1970, he won the Italian championship.[3]

In 1972 he became famous for his near victory at the World Championship in Gap, France, where he was beaten by only a few meters by his teammate Marino Basso.[1]

Four years later, in 1978, he won the Italian Championship again.[3]

Bitossi was nicknamed Cuore matto ("Crazy heart") due to a cardiac arrhythmia which often compelled him to stop midway in a stage.[4]

Palmarès[edit]

The following is an excerpt from Bitossi's palmarès - list of races a rider has won:

1964
Giro d'Italia:
Mountains classification
1965
Tour de Suisse
Züri-Metzgete
Giro d'Italia:
Mountains classification
1966
Giro d'Italia:
Mountains classification
Tour de France:
Winner stages 5 and 17
1967
Tirreno–Adriatico
Giro di Lombardia
Coppa Agostoni
1968
Züri-Metzgete
Tour de France:
Jersey red.svg Points classification
Combination classification
Winner stages 7 and 16
1969
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey violet.svg Points classification
Coppa Agostoni
1970
MaillotItalia.svg Italian National Road Race Championships
Giro d'Italia:
Jersey violet.svg Points classification
Giro di Lombardia
Volta a Catalunya
1971
Coppa Agostoni
1976
MaillotItalia.svg Italian National Road Race Championships

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Franco Bitossi, the Grand Champion with the "Crazy Heart"
  2. ^ Jacques Augendre (2009). "Guide Historique, part 6" (PDF) (in French). Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Statistics Franco Bitossi in Cycling Archives Retrieved 2010-05-07
  4. ^ Franco Bitossi profile at Cycling Archives