Happy Birthday Felice Gimondi “The Aristocrat” 27.09.1942
Giro d’Italia Winner – 1967, ’69, ’76;
Tour de France Winner – 1965
Vuelta a España Winner – 1968
World Champion 1973
Paris-Roubaix 1966; Giro di Lombardia 1966, ’73; Milan San Remo 1974
A prodigious talent across many road racing disciplines, Gimondi can still be viewed as the last great Italian all-rounder. A winner of Classics, World Championships and all three Grand Tours – including the Tour de France at his first attempt when he was parachuted into the team at the last moment following a team-mates withdrawal. Less famous than nearly all the other riders who can boast such a rounded palmares, Gimondi nevertheless remains an important link to the broader landscape of cycling’s historical period.