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Felice Gimondi

Felice Gimondi
Felice Gimondi in 2009
Personal information
Full name Felice Gimondi
Nickname The Phoenix
Born (1942-09-29) 29 September 1942
Sedrina, Italy
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Classics
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
1965–1972 Salvarani
1973–1979 Bianchi
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
General Classification (1965)
7 stages
Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1967, 1969, 1976)
6 stages
Vuelta a España
General Classification (1968)
1 stage

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (1972)
Tour de Romandie (1969)

One-day races and Classics

Road Race World Championship (1973)
Milan–San Remo (1974)
Paris–Roubaix (1966)
Giro di Lombardia (1966, 1973)
Grand Prix des Nations (1967, 1968)
Italian Road Race Championship (1968, 1972)

Felice Gimondi (Italian pronunciation: ; born 29 September 1942) is an Italian former professional racing cyclist. With his 1968 victory at the Vuelta a España, only three years after becoming a professional cyclist, Gimondi, nicknamed "The Phoenix", was the second cyclist (after Jacques Anquetil) to win all three Grand Tours of road cycling: Tour de France (1965, his first year as a pro), Giro d'Italia (1967, 1969 and 1976), and Vuelta a España (1968).[1] He remains one of only six cyclists to have done so.[2]


  • Biography 1
  • Major victories 2
  • Significant victories by year 3
    • Grand Tour results timeline 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Gimondi at the 1966 Giro d'Italia
Gimondi at the start of the 22nd stage of the 1967 Giro d'Italia

Gimondi grew up cycling with his mother, a postal carrier who rode a bicycle to make her deliveries. In 1964 Gimondi rode the road race at the 1964 Olympic Games, where he finished in 33rd place.[3] After winning the amateur version of the Tour de France (Tour de l'Avenir), he was signed, in 1965, as a professional to the Salvarani team. With the withdrawal of another cyclist from Salvarani's Tour de France team, Gimondi was added at the last minute and went on to win the tour, becoming an Italian national hero.

In 1966, he won two of the 'Monument' Classics: Paris–Roubaix and the Giro di Lombardia. Gimondi also won the UCI World Championshipss in 1973, after placing second in 1971 and third in 1970.

In the Giro d'Italia, Gimondi holds the record for the most podium finishes: nine total, consisting of three first place wins, two second-place finishes and four third-place finishes. He is currently associated with the Bianchi bicycle manufacturer.

He failed twice to pass doping controls, first in 1968 Giro[4] and second in 1975 Tour.[5]

A major cyclosportive event is named in his honour, the Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi, held annually around Bergamo. Likewise Bianchi have named one of their high level framesets after him the "FG Lite".

Currently, Gimondi is president of the TX Active – Bianchi cycling team, specialized in MTB races.[6]

Major victories

Significant victories by year


Giro del Friuli
Tour de l'Avenir
3 stages and Overall classification of the Tour de France
Giro di Lombardia
1 stage of the Giro d'Italia
1 stage of the Tour de Romandie
Coppa Agostoni
Coppa Placci
Overall classification of the Giro d'Italia
2 stages of the Tour de France
Grand Prix des Nations
Giro del Lazio
Gran Premio di Lugano
1 stage and Overall classification of the Vuelta a España
Trofeo Baracchi
Grand Prix des Nations
1 stage of the Giro d'Italia
Giro di Romagna, valid as Italian National Road Race Championship
Critérium des As
Overall classification of the Giro d'Italia
Tour de Romandie (with 1 stage victory)
Giro dell'Appennino
1 stage of the Tour de France
1 stage of the Paris–Luxembourg
Trofeo Matteotti
1 stage of the Tour de Suisse
1 stage of the Tirreno–Adriatico
Tour de Romandie
2 stages of the Giro d'Italia
Giro del Piemonte
Grand Prix de Wallonie
Gran Premio di Lugano
Volta a Catalunya
Giro dell'Appennino, valid as Italian National Road Race Championship
Six-Days of Milan
UCI World Championshipss, in Barcelona
Giro di Lombardia
Giro del Piemonte
1 stage of the Giro d'Italia
Trofeo Baracchi
Coppa Bernocchi
Giro di Puglia (with 1 stage victory)
Milan–San Remo
Coppa Agostoni
1 stage of the Tour de France
1 stage and Overall classification of the Giro d'Italia
Six-Days of Milan

Grand Tour results timeline

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
Stages won 3 2 1 0 1
Mountains classification 4 4 6 NR 5
Points classification 3 5 5 6 17
Giro 3 5 1 3 1 2 7 8 2 3 3 1 15 11
Stages won 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Mountains classification NR NR 3 NR 3 7 9 NR 4 NR NR 11 NR NR
Points classification N/A NR NR NR NR 5 3 4 3 NR 3 3 NR NR
Stages won 1
Mountains classification 4
Points classification NR
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DNS-x Did Not Start (no started on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification


  1. ^ Felice Gimondi. Cycling Hall of Fame.
  2. ^ Mehl, Cathy. Contador's place in history at the Wayback Machine (archived January 22, 2009).
  3. ^ Felice Gimondi. Sports reference.
  4. ^ (Spanish) La Vanguardia (Spanish). (18 June 1968). Retrieved on 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ El mundo deportivo (Spanish). (30 July 1975). Retrieved on 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ 2008 Official Gewiss-Bianchi Team: in pursuit of new emotions and victories at the Wayback Machine (archived July 14, 2008).
  7. ^ Felice Gimondi profile at Cycling Archives

External links

  • Gimondi, The Phoenix by Gabe Konrad
  • Felice Gimondi profile at Cycling Archives
  • Official Tour de France results for Felice Gimondi
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