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Felice Gimondi :( :( A sad day for cyclist everywhere

Old 08-16-19, 12:49 PM
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Felice Gimondi :( :( A sad day for cyclist everywhere

I just saw this posted on FB Steel is Real

Malore on holiday in Sicily
Felice Gimondi is dead

Mourning for the cycling world and for Bergamo: died on the evening of Friday 16 August Felice Gimondi.Born in Sedrina on September 29, 1942, he was 76 years old. World-famous cyclist, he was a professional from 1965 to 1979, a champion of great value, complete, capable of winning uphill, time trial and also in the sprint. He is one of seven riders to have won all three of the big rides: the Giro d'Italia (three times, in 1967, 1969 and 1976), the Tour de France (in 1965) and the Vuelta a España (in 1968) . He also won a World Championship in 1973.

Gimondi had an illness in the waters of Giardini Naxos, in Sicily, where he was on vacation with his wife Tiziana. All relief efforts were in vain, the Bergamo champion died in the late afternoon.

In his career the Bergamo player has won 143 victories as a professional, to which thirty or so students and amateurs are added. Bergamo-Celana was the first success for students on May 1st 1960; last the Cenaia Circuit on 3 August 1978. Among the most significant victories was the World Championship in 1973; the Tour de France 1965; three Giri d'Italia (1965, '67, '76); a Vuelta Espana (1968); a Paris-Roubaix (1966); a Milan-Sanremo (1974); two Paris-Brussels (1966, '76); two Giri di Lombardia (1966, '73); two Italian championships (1968, '72); two time trial Grand Prix of the Nations (1967, '68); a time trial Grand Prix of Lugano (1967); two Baracchi Trophies (1968 with Anquetil, 1973 with Rodriguez); a Tour of Romandie (1969). He won stages at the Giro, the Tour, the Vuelta and boasts the record of podiums at the Giro d'Italia: nine (3 first, 2 seconds,


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Old 08-16-19, 01:11 PM
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Just read about Felice’s passing, while checking Tour Tracker for news on Tour of Utah stage 3 and today’s stage 4. Sad to see another one of the heroes from my youth days following the European racing. God Speed Sr. Gimondi.
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Thank you BG. The passing of one of the great and classy riders. (Would have been known far more widely and won far more races had he not been cursed with racing at the same time as the cannibal, Eddy Merckx.)

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Wow, very sad. Thanks Bianchigirll for your words and alert.

Felice Gimondi - such style.
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Jeeze, I just today put in a FSA Gimondi bottom bracket with the matching cranks on my new ss commuter.
Hail and farewell, sir!
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The "Immortals"

This is my all time favorite race photo. It shows the leaders of the 1976 TdF with the "Immortals" from that era up front.

Gimondi is wearing a blue and white Bianchi jersey over Eddy's right shoulder, behind Thevenet. He's the only one smiling!



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WHAT a picture!

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Just read about Felice’s passing, while checking Tour Tracker for news on Tour of Utah stage 3 and today’s stage 4. Sad to see another one of the heroes from my youth days following the European racing. God Speed Sr. Gimondi.
I just missed being able to watch Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah from the road. We were in Eden (just east of Ogden) for our annual family reunion, and I had to be back at work on Wednesday, when the second stage of the ToU was scheduled to climb Powder Mountain (final climb 8.6 mi. long to almost 9000 ft. elevation). (Too) many local roads are labeled "not recommended for pedestrians and cyclists.

RIP Felice, and I thank everyone for this thread.
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I was introduced to Gimondi by watching the classic Jorgen Leth Giro d'Italia documentary
Giomondi in his Champion of Italy jersey, Always seemed like a Classy rider. RIP sir.
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Nobody get out of this life alive. A sad day indeed but reading the list of his palmarés above, what struck me is the time between wins. Example, Paris-Brussels, '66 and '76. That's career longevity summed up in a nutshell, amazing. Rest well FG.
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