Historic Overview Franco Bitossi

Rider

Overall Rank23
NameFranco BITOSSI
Country
  Italy
Date of birth01-Sep-1940 - Carmignano (Toscana)
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Franco Bitossi - Scores by Season


Seasons

YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1961 Philco 11 606
2. 1962 Philco 0 778
3. 1963 Springoil 195 191
4. 1964 Springoil 957 37
5. 1965 Filotex 1951 8
6. 1966 Filotex 1795 14
7. 1967 Filotex 1887 8
8. 1968 Filotex 3378 3
9. 1969 Filotex 1949 9
10. 1970 Filotex 2808 3
11. 1971 Filotex 1386 20
12. 1972 Filotex 1497 21
13. 1973 Sammontana 1086 33
14. 1974 Scic 1928 11
15. 1975 Scic 550 74
16. 1976 Zonca 688 60
17. 1977 Vibor 661 59
18. 1978 Gis 228 173
Overall: 22955 23

Biography

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