Gösta Pettersson

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Gösta Pettersson
Gösta Pettersson.jpg
Pettersson c. 1960
Personal information
Full nameGösta Artur Roland Pettersson
Born (1940-10-23) 23 October 1940 (age 81)
Alingsås Municipality, Sweden
Height189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional teams
1970–1972Ferretti
1973Scic
1974Magniflex
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1971)
1 individual stage (1972)

Stage races

Tour de Romandie (1970)

Gösta Artur Roland Pettersson (born 23 November 1940) is a retired Swedish cyclist. As an amateur, he competed in the individual and team road events at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics and won one silver and two bronze medals, in 1964 and 1968. In 1968 he also took part in two track events: individual and team 4000 m pursuit.[1]

Pettersson's brothers, Erik, Sture and Tomas, were also Olympic cyclists, and their quartet was known as the Fåglum brothers. They won the World Amateur Cycling Championships in 1967–1969 and a team silver medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics; three of the brothers were also part of the bronze-winning road team at the 1964 Games. In 1967 they were awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal.[2]

After the 1969 World Championships the Fåglum brothers turned professional. In 1970 Gösta won the Tour de Romandie, Coppa Sabatini and Trofeo Baracchi (with brother Tomas), and finished third at the Tour de France and sixth at the Giro d'Italia. Next year he won the Giro d'Italia, Giro dell'Appennino and Giro delle Marche. During the 1971 Giro he only managed to finish on the stage podium twice and did not win any stages, but was able to win the Maglia Rosa by finishing higher than the GC riders in the time trials and staying with or ahead of them in the mountains.

He finished sixth at the 1972 Giro d'Italia and seventh at the 1973 Tour de Suisse. During the Giro he defeated Merckx in a sprint finish on stage 7 to claim a stage win and come within only +0:10 of Merckx for the overall lead, the only competitor even close to Merckx in the standings. He stayed with the two time Giro champ for the next several stages but ended up losing time in the split time trial of stage 11 and fell back in the standings.

His last major success was second place at the 1974 Tour de Suisse.[2][3]

Of the Grand Tours he preferred to ride the Giro, competing from 1970-1974 finishing in the top ten four times, never finishing worse than 13th. He rode the Tour De France in 1970 finishing on the podium behind Eddy Merckx and Joop Zoetemelk.

After finishing atop the podium in the Giro, ahead of Herman Van Springel and Italian rider Ugo Colombo, he started the 1971 TDF, but abandoned the race prior to reaching the Jaques Anquetil Velodrome.

Pettersson never raced in the Vuelta.

Major results[edit]

1962
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Time trial
2nd Road race
2nd Overall Tour de Tunisie
1st Stage 4
1963
1st Time trial, National Road Championships
1964
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Time trial
3rd Road race
1st Overall Tour de Tunisie
7th Road race, Summer Olympics
1966
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Time trial
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Team time trial (with Sture Pettersson and Erik Pettersson)
1967
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships (with Sture, Tomas & Erik Pettersson)
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Time trial
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Team time trial (with Sture Pettersson and Erik Pettersson)
1st Overall Tour du Maroc
1st Scandinavian Race Uppsala
2nd Overall Tour de Berlin
1968
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships (with Sture, Tomas & Erik Pettersson)
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Team time trial (with Sture Pettersson and Erik Pettersson)
2nd Road race
1st Overall Milk Race
1st Stages 1a (ITT), 1b & 8b (ITT)
2nd Overall Tour of Yugoslavia
Summer Olympics
2nd Silver medal.svg Team time trial (with Sture, Tomas & Erik Pettersson)
3rd Bronze medal.svg Road race
1969
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships (with Sture, Tomas & Erik Pettersson)
National Road Championships
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Road race
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Time trial
1st MaillotSuecia.PNG Team time trial (with Tomas Pettersson and Erik Pettersson)
1st Overall Tour d'Algérie
3rd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
1st Prologue
1970
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4b (ITT)
1st Coppa Sabatini
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Tomas Pettersson)
1st Stage 1b (ITT) Cronostaffetta
2nd GP Lugano
2nd GP Forli
3rd Overall Tour de France
5th Giro di Romagna
5th Overall Giro di Sardegna
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
9th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
9th GP Alghero
1971
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Giro dell'Appennino
2nd Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme
2nd Trofeo Baracchi (with Tomas Pettersson)
2nd GP Lugano
2nd Overall Giro di Sardegna
2nd Baden–Baden (with Tomas Pettersson)
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd GP Forli
7th Giro dell'Emilia
7th Trofeo Laigueglia
1972
2nd Giro di Puglia
3rd Trofeo Baracchi (with Tomas Pettersson)
3rd GP Forli
6th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 7
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
9th Milan–San Remo
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
9th Giro dell'Emilia
1973
1st Stage 1b (ITT) Cronostaffetta
2nd Trofeo Baracchi (with Davide Boifava)
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Overall Giro di Sardegna
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 8b (ITT)
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
10th Giro dell'Emilia
1974
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
2nd Trofeo Baracchi (with Martín Emilio Rodríguez)
4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
4th GP Lugano
6th Giro di Toscana
8th Coppa Placci
10th Overall Giro d'Italia
10th Giro di Campania

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
A yellow jersey Vuelta a España
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 6 1 6 13 10
A yellow jersey Tour de France 3 DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gösta Pettersson". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Gösta Pettersson. Swedish Olympic Committee
  3. ^ Gösta Pettersson at Cycling Archives

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal
with Erik Pettersson, Sture Pettersson
and Tomas Pettersson

1967
Succeeded by