Gastone Nencini

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Gastone Nencini
Personal information
Full name Gastone Nencini
Nickname Il Leone del Mugello
Born (1930-03-01)1 March 1930
Barberino di Mugello, Italy
Died 1 February 1980(1980-02-01)
Florence, Italy
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1953–1954
1955–1958
1959–1960
1961–1962
1963–1965
Legnano
Leo-Chlorodont
Carpano
Ignis
Springoil-Fuchs
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
General classification (1960
Mountains classification (1957)
Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1957)
Infobox last updated on
1 April 2008

Gastone Nencini (Italian pronunciation: [ɡaˈstoːne nenˈtʃiːni]; 1 March 1930 – 1 February 1980) was an Italian road racing cyclist who won the 1960 Tour de France and the 1957 Giro d'Italia.

Nicknamed Il Leone del Mugello, "The Lion of Mugello" (from his birthplace Barberino del Mugello, near Florence), Nencini was a powerful all-rounder, particularly strong in the mountains.

He was an amateur painter and a chain smoker. He was a gifted descender. "The only reason to follow Nencini downhill would be if you had a death wish", said the French rider Raphaël Géminiani. It was in trying to follow Nencini down a mountain that Roger Rivière missed a bend, crashed over a wall and broke his spine.

Downhill race[edit]

Nencini's downhill race with Henry Anglade has become part of the legend of cycling. Anglade was a proud rider and Nencini one of the fastest down hills. They met at a col in the Dolomites during the Giro d'Italia. The weather was bad and a snowstorm had forced 57 riders to abandon that day. Anglade said:

I couldn't tolerate the idea that Nencini was the best descender of the peloton. I said to him, call the blackboard man,[1] we'll do the descent together and whoever comes second pays for the aperitifs this evening. So he called the ardoisier and asked him to follow us. The road was of compressed earth. We attacked the drop flat out. I let Nencini take the lead so that I could see how he negotiated the bends before attacking him. In the end I dropped as though I was alone. At the bottom, I had taken 32 seconds out of him, written on the blackboard. I was really tickled. I had beaten Nencini. The next time I saw him was that evening in the hotel I was staying at. He had just bought me an apéritif![2]

Memory[edit]

At the Futa pass, on the mountains over his native Barberino di Mugello, a monument is placed remembering him: a big bronze bas-relief portrait of him racing and the inscription which says:"A Gastone Nencini. Il comune di Barberino, gli sportivi, i compagni di tante battaglie ricordano il campione mugellano». (translated from Italian:"To Gastone Nencini. The administration of Barberino, the sportsmen, the comrades of many battles remember the Mugello-born champion")

Teams[edit]

  • 1953-1954 Legnano
  • 1955-1958 Leo-Chlorodont
  • 1959-1960 Carpano
  • 1961 Ignis
  • 1962 Ignis-Moschettieri
  • 1963-1964: Springoil-Fuchs
  • 1965 Filotex
  • 1965 Springoil-Fuchs

Major achievements[edit]

Gastone Nencini (1960)

Other results[edit]

Victories[edit]

1955
Giro d'Italia
2 stages
mountanins classification
5 days in Pink jersey
1956
Tre Valli Varesine
1 stage in the Tour de France
1957
Tour de France
2 stages
Winner Mountains classification
Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1958
1 stage in the Tour de France
2 stages in the Giro d'Italia
Circuit of Omegna
Circuit of Lokeren
1959
1 stage in the Giro d'Italia
1960
Tour de France
Jersey yellow.svgOverall classification (with 12 days in Yellow jersey)
2 stages in the Giro d'Italia
Grand Prix de Nice
Circuit of Montélimar
1961
Circuit of Acireale

Grand Tour results timeline[edit]

1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Tour DNE DNE 22 6 5 DNE 1 DNE DNF-14 DNE DNE
Stages won 1 2 1 0 0
Mountains classification 17 1 7 4 NR
Points classification 21 9 8 3 NR
Giro 16 3 DNF 1 5 10 2 DNE 13 DNF DNF
Stages won 0 2 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0
Mountains classification NR 1 NR 5 NR NR 3 NR NR NR
Points classification N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vuelta N/A 18 DNE 9 DNF-9 DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE
Stages won 0 0 0
Mountains classification NR NR NR
Points classification NR 2 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

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ A motorcyclist who times riders' lead or deficit during a race and displays it on a blackboard
  2. ^ Coup de Pédales, Belgium, undated cutting