Gianni Bugno Photo Gallery
For a couple of years Gianni Bugno (born February 14, 1964) was one of cycling's dominant riders. He went on a tear starting in 1990 with Milano-San Remo before executing an incredible Giro d'Italia. He took the lead in the prologue and held it seemingly effortlessly until the end. Only three other riders have been able to do this: Costante Girardengo, Alfredo Binda and Eddy Merckx.
In 1991 he was second in the Tour de France and won the first of his two sequential World Road Championships.
After that the big wins were rare but he did take the Tour of Flanders in 1994 and the Tour of the Mediterranean in 1995. He retired at the end of the 1998 season and became a helicopter rescue pilot.
1986: Giro dell'Appennino, Giro del Friuli, Giro del Piemonte
1987: Giro dell'Appennino, Coppa Sabatini
1988: Giro dell'Appennino, Coppa Agostoni, Giro di Calabria
1989: Tre Valle Varesine, GP de Marostica
1990: Giro d'Italia with four stage wins, World Cup, Milano-San Remo, Wincanton Classic, San Sebastian Classic, Giro del Trentino
1991: World Championship, Italian Championship, San Sebastian Classic, Basque Week
1992: World Championship, Milano–Torino, Giro dell'Emilia, Giro del Lazio
1993: GP Canton Aargau
1994: Ronde van Vlaanderen
1995: Italian Championship, Tour of the Mediterranean, Coppa Agostoni
1988-1989: Chateau d'Ax
1990: Chateau d'Ax-Salotti
1991: Chateau d'Ax-Gatorade
1992: Gatorade-Chateau d'Ax
1995-1996: MG Maglificio-Technogym
Nickname: The Lizard
Gianni Bugno at the start of the 1988 Milano-San Remo
Greg Lemond and Gianni Bugno at the teams presentation for the 1988 Giro d'Italia
Bugno riding the Giro d'Italia's stage 10 time trial at Riccione
Bugno wins the final stage of the 1989 Giro d'Italia
Gianni Bugno on the podium of the 1989 Giro d'Italia with winner Laurent Fignon
Bugno wins the 1990 Milano-San Remo
Bugno in the 1990 Giro d'Italia with Francesco Moser
Bugno rides next to Laurent Fignon in stage 6 of the 1990 Giro d'Italia.
Bugno wins stage seven of the 1990 Giro d'Italia at Valombrosa
Charly Mottet beats Gianni Bugno at the summit of the Pordoi at the end of stage 16 in the 1990 Giro d'Italia.
1990 Giro winner Gianni Bugno on the podium with Cipollini. Bugno was the points winner, but since he was wearing the Pink Jersey, Cipollini got to wear the purple jersey during the race.
Gianni Bugno beats Greg LeMond at L'Alpe d'Huez in the 1990 Tour de France
Bugno beats Laurent Jalabert to become the 1992 World Road Cycling Champion in Benidorm, Spain
1992 World Cycling Championships podium, from left: Laurent Jalabert, Gianni Bugno and Dmitri Konyshev
Bugno was World Road Champion in 1991 and 1992
Bugno in his 1993 kit
Miguel Induráin (Banesto kit) and Gianni Bugno (rainbow jersey) on the road to Asiago in stage 12 of the 1993 Giro d'Italia
Bugno wins a photo finish sprint over Johan Museeuw in the 1994 Tour of Flanders
1994 Tour of Flanders podium, from left: Johan Museeuw, Gianni Bugno and Andrei Tchmil
Sporting the Italian Champion's jersey, Bugno is ready to start stage 2 of the 1995 Tour de France.
Around 2003 Valeria Paoletti interviewed Bugno
Bugno looking at the questions Valeria had prepared for him.
Bugno is now a helicopter pilot. this is from the 2008 Giro d'Italia, stage 11.