Historic Overview Franco Bitossi

Rider

Overall Rank21
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

Giro della Toscane 1968
Giro di Lombardia 1967, 1970
Giro dell'Emilia 1970, 1973
Meisterschaft von Zürich 1965, 1968
Milano - Torino 1968
Giro del Lazio 1965
Giro del Veneto 1970, 1973
Tour de Suisse 1965
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 1970
Tirreno - Adriatico 1967
Sassari - Cagliari 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)
Tour de Suisse - stages 1965 (2), 1970 (2), 1974 (4)
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - stages 1969 (2), 1970 (1)
Paris - Nice - stages 1971 (1), 1975 (1)
Tirreno - Adriatico - stages 1967 (1), 1968 (1), 1969 (2), 1974 (1), 1978 (1)
More results

Seasons

Franco Bitossi - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1961 Philco 57 422
2. 1962 Philco 0 797
3. 1963 Springoil - Fuchs 233 190
4. 1964 Springoil - Fuchs 922 41
5. 1965 Filotex 2088 8
6. 1966 Filotex 1956 12
7. 1967 Filotex 2012 5
8. 1968 Filotex 3678 2
9. 1969 Filotex 2115 8
10. 1970 Filotex 3049 2
11. 1971 Filotex 1404 17
12. 1972 Filotex 1711 15
13. 1973 Sammontana 1530 15
14. 1974 Scic 1951 10
15. 1975 Scic 535 76
16. 1976 Zonca - Santini 703 58
17. 1977 Vibor 715 53
18. 1978 Gis Gelati 301 144
Overall: 24960 21