Giuseppe Olmo

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Giuseppe Olmo
Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Olmo
Born (1911-11-22)22 November 1911
Celle Ligure, Italy
Died 5 March 1992(1992-03-05) (aged 80)
Milan, Italy
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1933–1940 Bianchi
1940–1942 Dei
Major wins
Olympic Team road race (1932)
Milan-Sanremo (1935, 1938)
Giro d'Italia, 20 stages
National Road Race Championship (1936)

Giuseppe Olmo (22 November 1911 – 5 March 1992) was an Italian road bicycle racer, who once held the world record for an hour's run on a bicycle, with 45.090 km, until it was beaten in 1936.[1] He was born in Celle Ligure.

As with many Italian bicycle racers, after his retirement in the 1930s he began building bicycles, and founded Olmo (also known as Olmo Biciclette).[2] The Olmo Biciclette manufacturing center was set up in his home town of Celle Ligure Italy in 1938,[3] where the company continues to manufacture their bicycles today.

Later in his life, Giuseppe (Often called "Gepin" for short) came to be known as a successful entrepreneur and between the 1940s and 1970s he expanded his company into several manufacturing industries. These individual businesses are all managed under the Olmo Group today.[4] Olmo la Biciclissima or Giuseppe Olmo spa, as the bicycle manufacture goes by today. They produced some very high quality bicycles often comparative quality to the great Colnago. Today they produce many high quality race bicycles, as well as mountain and city bicycles of ranging quality.

Major results[edit]

1st, Olympic Team road race (with Attilio Pavesi and Guglielmo Segato)[5]
1st, Milano–Torino
1st, Stages 4 and 12, Giro d'Italia
4th, Giro d'Italia
1st, Stages 13, 16 and 17
1st, Milan – San Remo
3rd, Giro d'Italia
1st, Stages 5, 13, 17 and 18
 Italy National Road Race Championship
1st, Giro dell'Emilia
2nd, Giro d'Italia
1st, Stages 1, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15b, 16, 17a and 19
1st, Stage 6, Giro d'Italia
1st, Milan – San Remo


  1. ^ "Claims World Bike Record". The New York Times. 1936-10-15. 
  2. ^ Christopher Pepe. "italian bicycle manufacturers". 
  3. ^ "History of Olmo". 
  4. ^ "Olmo Group's History". 
  5. ^ "Giuseppe Olmo Olympic Results". Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Maurice Richard
UCI hour record (45.090 km)
31 October 1935 – 14 October 1936
Succeeded by
Maurice Richard