Felice Gimondi was born in Sedrina (Bergamo) on 29th September 1942.
He grew in U.S. Sedrinese, became professional in 1965 with Salvarani where he remained for 8 seasons from 1965 to 1972.
In 1973, he joined Bianchi Campagnolo that was transformed in Bianchi Faema during his last professional season, in 1978.
Felice passed away on 16th August 2019, at the age of 76 years old.
Married since 1968 with Tiziana Bersano (who he met during a winter gateway with his team in Diano Marina). Two daughters, Norma and Federica. A grandson, Davide, son of Federica.
“In life, you can be great also ranking second or fifth…Provided you do your best”.
In 14 seasons of professional career, Felice Gimondi won 159 races.
The first success was the 3rd leg of the 1965 Tour, the Roubaix-Rouen.
The last, the criterium of Larciano (Chieti), on 13th September 1978.
The two golden seasons were 1966 and 1973, when he won 17 times.
Three Giri d’Italia
Gimondi won three Giri d’Italia: 1967 (with 3’36’’ on Balmamion), 1969 (3’35’’ on Michelotto) and 1976 (just 19’’ on Belgian De Muynck) and he worn the pink jersey for 24 days.
He took part to 14 Giri d’Italia, 9 times on the stage!
He ranked 2nd at the Giro in 1970 and 1973, always behind Eddy Merckx.
A Tour de France
Gimondi won the Tour de France in 1965, the first time he took part in it: in Paris, he preceded French Poulidor by 2’40’’.
Afterwards, he took part to the Tour de France four more times, always ranking within the first ten: 7th in 1967, 4th in 1969, 2nd in 1972 (10’41’’ behind Eddy Merckx) and 6th in 1975.
In 1968 Gimondi won the Vuelta.
The Magnificent 7
Felice Gimondi made the history of cycling as one of the seven great cyclists in the world able to win all three leg races: Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana. This is the list of the magnificent seven, indicating the year in which they won:
Jacques Anquetil (1963), Felice Gimondi (1968), Eddy Merckx (1973), Bernard Hinault (1980), Alberto Contador (2008), Vincenzo Nibali (2014) and Christopher Froome (2018).
World champion 1973
On 2nd September 1973, Gimondi won in Spain, Barcelona, on Montjuich, circuit, the World Championship on road. He won a bronze medal in 1970, in Leicester (GBR), behind Monserè and Mortensen and silver medal in 1971 in Mendrisio (SUI), defeated by Eddy Merckx.
Among its successes, the most important the Paris-Roubaix 1966, the Lombardy race in 1966 and 1973, Milan-Sanremo 1974 and Paris-Brussels 1966 e 1976. He was Italian champion in 1968 and 1972