Giuseppe Olmo

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Giuseppe Olmo
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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
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
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. He competed at the 1932 Olympics and won a gold medal in the team road race, placing fourth individually. In October 1935 he set a new world record for an hour's run at 45.090 km.[1][2]

As with many Italian bicycle racers, after his retirement in the late 1930s he began building bicycles, and founded Olmo (also known as Olmo Biciclette).[3] The Olmo Biciclette manufacturing center was set up in his home town of Celle Ligure Italy in 1938,[4] 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.[5] 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, gold medalist(s), Olympic Team road race (with Attilio Pavesi and Guglielmo Segato)[1]
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. ^ a b "Giuseppe Olmo Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Claims World Bike Record". The New York Times. 1936-10-15. 
  3. ^ Christopher Pepe. "italian bicycle manufacturers". 
  4. ^ "History of Olmo". 
  5. ^ "Olmo Group's History". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. 

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