Giuseppe Saronni

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Giuseppe Saronni
Personal information
Full name Giuseppe Saronni
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 59)
Novara, Italy
Team information
Current team Lampre–Merida
Discipline Road
Role Rider (retired)
Team manager
Rider type All-rounder
Managerial team(s)
Lampre
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.

Career[edit]

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. His final sprint was so impressive that it gained him the nickname of "Goodwood rifle-shot". 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 striking sprint 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 Lampre cycling team.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1977
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1978
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2, 7 & 8
1st Jersey blue.svg Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue
1st Coppa Agostoni
1st Giro di Puglia
1979
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stages 5, 8 & 19
1st Jersey yellow.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)
1980
1st MaillotItalia.svg National Road Race 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
1981
Giro d'Italia
1st Jersey violet.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3, 5 & 6
1st Giro di Romagna
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1982
1st Jersey rainbow.svg UCI World Road Race Championships
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2, 10 & 22
1st Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey violet.svg Giro del Trentino
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Milano–Torino
1st Coppa Agostoni
1983
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
1984
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 3 & 5
1985
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 3 & 16
1986
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Lech Piasecki)
1988
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
Pink jersey Giro 5 1 7 3 6 1 16 15 2 WD 27 75 45
Yellow jersey Tour WD
red jersey Vuelta WD WD WD WD

WD = Withdrew

Teams[edit]

  • 1977–1979 : SCIC
  • 1980–1981 : Gis
  • 1982–1988 : Del Tongo
  • 1989 : Malvor
  • 1990 : Diana-Colnago

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giuseppe Saronni Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 1 May 2015.