Historic Overview Franco Bitossi

Rider

Overall Rank19
NameFranco BITOSSI
Country
  Italy
Date of birth01-Sep-1940 - Carmignano (Toscana)
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Biography

Franco Bitossi

Franco Bitossi (born 1 September 1940) is an Italian former professional cyclist. He was born in Camaioni di Carmignano.

Bitossi cycled for three years as an amateur and became a professional in October 1961, after he had reached the required age of 21. As a professional cyclist, from 1961 until 1978, he won a total of 171 races.

In 1965 he won the Tour de Suisse and the Züri-Metzgete, which he won again in 1968. In 1967 he won the Tirreno–Adriatico, Giro di Lombardia and Coppa Agostoni, while the following year he became the first Italian to win the points classification in the Tour de France.

In 1970, he won the Italian championship.

In 1972 he became famous for his near victory at the World Championship in Gap, France, where he was beaten by only a few meters by his teammate Marino Basso.

Four years later, in 1978, he won the Italian Championship again.

Bitossi was nicknamed Cuore matto ("Crazy heart") due to a cardiac arrhythmia which often compelled him to stop midway in a stage.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Milano - Torino 1968
Giro della Toscane 1968
Giro di Lombardia 1967, 1970
Giro dell'Emilia 1970, 1973
Meisterschaft von Zürich 1965, 1968
Tour de France - stages 1966 (2), 1968 (2)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1964 (4), 1965 (1), 1966 (2), 1967 (1), 1968 (1), 1969 (2), 1970 (4), 1971 (1), 1974 (3), 1975 (1)
Tour de Romandie - stages 1966 (1), 1970 (1), 1971 (1)

Seasons

Franco Bitossi - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1961 Philco 57 406
2. 1962 Philco 0 787
3. 1963 Springoil 200 200
4. 1964 Springoil - Fuchs 957 38
5. 1965 Filotex 2092 9
6. 1966 Filotex 1886 13
7. 1967 Filotex 2028 5
8. 1968 Filotex 3505 2
9. 1969 Filotex 2117 9
10. 1970 Filotex 3233 2
11. 1971 Filotex 1386 21
12. 1972 Filotex 1631 18
13. 1973 Sammontana 1511 17
14. 1974 Scic 2015 9
15. 1975 Scic 575 73
16. 1976 Zonca 756 57
17. 1977 Vibor 764 52
18. 1978 Gis Gelati 228 176
Overall: 24941 19