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|Full name||Gastone Nencini|
|Nickname||Il Leone del Mugello, Faccia di fatica (Fatigue-face)|
|Born||1 March 1930|
Barberino di Mugello, Italy
|Died||1 February 1980 (aged 49)|
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 on Stage 14 of the 1960 Tour de France that Roger Rivière missed a bend, crashed over a wall and broke his spine.
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, 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!
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").
- 1st Tre Valli Varesine
- 1st Stage 22 Tour de France
- 1st Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
- Tour de France
- 1st Mountains classification
- 1st Stages 10 & 18
- 3rd Giro del Lazio
- 1st Circuit of Omegna
- 1st Circuit of Lokeren
- 5th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 19
- 5th Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stage 10 & 18
- 1st Stage 9 Giro d'Italia
- 1st Overall Tour de France
- 1st Grand Prix de Nice
- 1st Circuit of Montélimar
- 2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
- 1st Stages 5 & 10
- 3rd Milano–Torino
- 1st Circuit of Acireale
- 2nd Trofeo Matteotti
- 2nd Giro dell'Appennino
- 2nd Züri-Metzgete
- 3rd Overall Tour de Romandie
Grand Tour results timeline
|Tour de France||DNE||DNE||22||6||5||DNE||1||DNE||DNF-14||DNE||DNE|
|Vuelta a España||N/A||18||DNE||9||DNF-9||DNE||DNE||DNE||DNE||DNE||DNE|
|DNE||Did Not Enter|
|DNF-x||Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)|
|DNS-x||Did Not Start (no started on stage x)|
|HD||Finished outside time limit (occurred on stage x)|
|N/A||Race/classification not held|
|NR||Not Ranked in this classification|
Notes and references
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gastone Nencini.|
- Vergne, Laurent (22 July 2015). "Cannibale, Chéri-pipi, Wookie, Andy torticolis… le Top 20 des surnoms mythiques du cyclisme" [Cannibal, Chéri-pipi, Wookie, Andy Torticollis... the Top 20 mythical nicknames of cycling]. Eurosport (in French). Retrieved 11 April 2016.
- Gastone Nencini at Cycling Archives
- Brisson, Jean-Pascal (2014). Les 100 plus grands cyclistes de l'histoire. Paris: Editions Clément. p. 77. ISBN 979-1092547-65-8.
- McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol (2006). The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World. Vol. 1: 1903-1964. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing. p. 243. ISBN 1-59858-180-5.
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- McGann, Bill; McGann, Carol (2006). The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World. Vol 1: 1903-1964. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing. p. 244. ISBN 1-59858-180-5.
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- A motorcyclist who times riders' lead or deficit during a race and displays it on a blackboard
- Coup de Pédales, Belgium, undated cutting