Giuseppe Saronni

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Giuseppe Saronni
Personal information
Full nameGiuseppe Saronni
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 61)
Novara, Italy
Team information
Current teamUAE Team Emirates
RoleRider (retired)
Team manager
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
1980–1981Gis Gelati
1982–1988Del Tongo
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

World Road Race Championships (1982)
National Road Race Championships (1980)
Milan–San Remo (1983)
La Flèche Wallonne (1980)
Züri–Metzgete (1979)
Giro di Lombardia (1982)

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. He competed in the team pursuit event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1]

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 and Irishman Sean Kelly. His final sprint was so impressive that it gained him the nickname of La fucilata di Goodwood - "the gunshot of Goodwood".[2] 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 a striking attack on the Pogggio climb 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 UAE Team Emirates.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st Giro del Veneto
1st Tre Valli Varesine
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2, 7 & 8
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue
1st Coppa Agostoni
1st Giro di Puglia
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stages 5, 8 & 19
1st Jersey green.svg Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Züri–Metzgete
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Francesco Moser)
1st MaillotItalia.svg Road race, National Road Championships
1st La Flèche Wallonne
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st 1, 2, 3, 13, 17, 19 & 21
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1st Trittico Lombardo
1st Giro di Puglia
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3, 5 & 6
1st Giro di Romagna
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey violet.svg Overall Giro del Trentino
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2, 10 & 22
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Milano–Torino
1st Coppa Agostoni
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st 4, 13 & 16 Stages
Vuelta a España
1st 9 & 10 Stages
1st Milan–San Remo
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 3 & 5
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 3 & 16
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Lech Piasecki)
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Giro di Puglia

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 5 1 7 3 6 1 16 15 2 DNF 27 75 45
A yellow jersey Tour de France DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF DNF DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Giuseppe Saronni Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ Ryan, Barry (12 October 2017). "Extract: The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the rise of Irish Cycling's Golden Generation". Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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