Giuseppe Saronni

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Giuseppe Saronni
Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Saronni
Nickname Goodwood rifle-shot
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 57)
Novara, Italy
Team information
Current team Lampre-Merida
Discipline Road
Role Rider (retired)
Team manager
Rider type All-rounder
Managerial team(s)
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
General classification (1979, 1983)
Points classification (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983)
24 individual stages
Vuelta a España
6 Individual stages

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (1982)
Tour de Romandie (1979)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1978, 1982)

One-day races and Classics

Road Race World Championships (1982)
National Road Race Championships (1980)
Milan – San Remo (1983)
La Flèche Wallonne (1980)
Züri-Metzgete (1979)
Giro di Lombardia (1982)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014

Giuseppe Saronni (born 22 September 1957), also known as Beppe Saronni, is an Italian former racing cyclist.


Born in Novara, Piedmont, Saronni turned professional in 1977. During his career, that lasted until 1989, he won 193 races. In Italy he gave birth to a famous rivalry with Francesco Moser, like those of Alfredo Binda with Learco Guerra, and Fausto Coppi with Gino Bartali.

In 1978 Saronni won three stages in the Giro d'Italia. In total he would win 24 stages in this race, winning the overall twice (1979 and 1983).

In 1982 he won the World Cycling Championship at Goodwood, England, beating American Greg LeMond. His final sprint was so impressive that it gained him the nickname of "Goodwood rifle-shot". The previous year he had won a silver medal, as he had been overcome in the final by Freddy Maertens of Belgium. In 1982 Saronni also won the Giro di Lombardia.

At the beginning of 1983 another striking sprint gave him the Milan – San Remo classic, after three consecutive second places in that race. This was Saronni's last great classics victory.

Saronni serves as the general manager of the Lampre cycling team.

Major victories[edit]


  • 1977–1979 : SCIC
  • 1980–1981 : Gis
  • 1982–1988 : Del Tongo
  • 1989 : Malvor
  • 1990 : Diana-Colnago

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
Pink jersey Giro 5 1 7 3 6 1 16 15 2 WD 27 75 45
Yellow jersey Tour WD
red jersey Vuelta WD WD WD WD

WD = Withdrew


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