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Giuseppe Saronni Photo Gallery

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Major victories and high placings | Professonal teams | Photos |

Giuseppe Saronni (born September 22, 1957) was one of the 1980's standout riders with 193 victories. Most notably, he won the Giro d'Italia twice, in 1979 and 1983 as well as Milano-San Remo, Giro di Lombardia and the 1982 World Road Championships.

His career coincided with that of Francesco Moser, the other outstanding Italian racer of the era. Their's was cycling's last great rivalry. It was almost as intense as the Coppi-Bartali and Anquetil-Poulidor competitions for the fans' affection. The feud split Italy's passionate tifosi and raised both riders' profiles.

Giro boss Vincenzo Torriani wanted Italians to win the Giro d'Italia, so through the 1980s he designed race routes tailored to Saronni's and Moser's talents: easy on the climbing with lots of time trialing and stage win time bonuses. Saronni and Moser took three of Torriani's flattened Giri.

Americans particularly remember Saronni's 1982 ride at the Goodwood, England World Road Championships. Jonathan Boyer took off on a flyer and shortly before the finish Greg LeMond started chasing. But from behind, Saronni went by everyone like an arrow. It was an astonishing sprint that was so fast that Sean Kelly, himself a master sprinter, could not hold Saronni's wheel.

A glance below at Saronni's palmarès shows that after a superb 1983 with Giro d'Italia and Milano-San Remo wins, his career ran out of gas, though he continued to get top placings in high-value races. He retired in 1990 to become the manager of the Lampre professional cycling team.

Major victories and high placings:

1977:

1978:

1979:

1980:

1981:

1982:

1983:

1984: no notable victoires

1985:

1986:

1987:

1988:

1989:

1990:

Professional Teams:

1977-1979: SCIC
1980: Gis Gelati
1981: Gis Gelati-Campagnolo
1982: Del Tongo
1983-1985: Del Tongo-Colnago
1986-1988: Del Tongo
1989: Malvor-Sidi
1990: Diana-Colnago

Nickname: Beppe


Photos:

Giuseppe Sarooni in the 1979 Giro d'Italia

Giuseppe Saronni riding stage the 8 time trial to San Marino in the 1979 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni instage 17 of the 1979 Giro d'Italia

Pink-clad Saronni leads Francesco Moser to Trento in stage 17 of the 1979 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni in the 1980 Giro

No one seems to be having fun in the 20th stage of the 1980 Giro d'Italia. Saronni is wearing the purple points classification leader's jersey and this should be on the Stelvio Pass.

Saronni at the 1980 Coppa Placci

Saronni in the Italian Champion's jersey breaking legs at the 1980 Coppa Placci.

Saronni wins a stage in the 1982 Giro d'Italia

Saronni wins a stage in the 1982 Giro d'Italia (beating pink-clad Bernard Hinault).

Saronni racing stage 17 of the 1982 Giro d'Italia

Saronni racing stage 17 of the 1982 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni as champion of the world

Saronni won the 1982 World Championships at Goodwood, England.

Saronni at the Giro di Romagna

Saronni at a war memeorial at the 1982 Giro della Romagna.

Giuseppe sAronni in the 1982 Giro di lombardia

Saronni wins the 1982 Giro di Lombardia.

Saronni on the 1982 Giro di Lombardia podium

Saronni on the 1982 Giro di Lombardia podium.

Saronni at the 1983 Giro

Saronni (in pink) ready to start a stage at the 1983 Giro d'Italia.

Sarooni rides the 1983 Giro d'Italia stage 13 time trial

Giuseppe Saronni rides the 1983 Giro d'Italia stage 13 time trial.

Giuseppe DAronni in the 1983 Giro

Saronni won the 1983 Giro. Here he is in the maglia rosa.

Saronni riding the 1983 GP Camaiore

Saronni riding the 1983 GP Camaiore.

Saronni in the 1984 Giro d'Italia

1984 Giro d'Italia stage 18: Saronni on the road to Merano.

Saronni at the end of stage 22 of the 1984 Giro

Stage 22 of the 1984 Giro in Verona, Saronni grabs a soda.

Giuseppe Saronni after the 1985 Milano-San Remo

Saronni looks a bit worse for the wear after finishing the 1985 Milano-San Remo.

Saronni finishes stage 2 of the 1985 Giro d'Italia

On the Vigorelli Velodrome, Saronni finishes stage 2 of the 1985 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni carries his bike to the infield after finishing 1985 Giro stage 2

Consumate professional that he is, Saronni carries his bike to the infield after finishing 1985 Giro stage 2.

Saronni racing the 1985 Giro del Veneto

Saronni (right) riding the 1985 Giro del Veneto.

Saronni signs an autograph at the 1985 Milano-Vignola

Saronni signs an autograph at the start of the 1985 Milano-Vignola.

Saronni in pink at stage 10 of the 1986 Giro d'Italia

Saronni in pink at stage 10 of the 1986 Giro d'Italia.

Giuseppe Sarroni

Saronni climbs while wearing pink in the 1986 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni rides Giro sage 21

Saronni in stage 21 of the 1986 Giro d'Italia on his way to the stage finish in Bolzano.

SAronni at the 1986 Coppa Placci

Giuseppe Saronni at the 1986 Coppa Placci.

Sironni at the 1987 Tirreno Adriatico stage 4

1987 Tirreno-Adriatico stage 4: There's something interesting up there.

Saronni in the 1987 Giro di toscana

Saronni descends a wet road in the 1987 Giro di Toscana.

Saronni at the 1987 Giro d'Italia prologue

Ready to ride the 1987 Giro d'Italia prologue.

Saronni rides the 1987 Giro's 13th stage

Saronni riding to San Marino in stage 13 of the 1987 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni wins the 1987 Parma-Vignoli

Saronni is first across the line in the 1987 Parma-Vignoli.

Saronni wins in Lucera

1988: Saronni wins an early season race in Lucera.

Saronni in the 1988 Giro

A cold day in the mountains. Saronni rides to Bormio in stage 14 of the 1988 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni wins the 1988 Tre Valli Varesini

Giuseppe Saronni edges out Guido Bontempi to win the 1988 Tre Valli Varesini.

Saronni at the staret of the 1990 Milano-San Remo

Saronni at the start of the 1990 Milano-San Remo.

Saronni at the start of Giro stage 1

At the start of 1990 Giro Stage 1 in Bari.

Saronni riding stage 10 of the 1990 Giro

Stage 10 of the 1990 Giro d'Italia, Saronni on his way to the finish in Cuneo.

Saronni in the Dolomites

In the Dolomites. Saronni riding to Aprica in stage 17 of the 1990 Giro d'Italia.

Saronni and Moser

Old rivals, Giuseppe Saronni and Francesco Moser at the 1990 Milan-Torino.

Giuesppe Saronni with Gino Bartali

And at the same race, Saronni with Gino Bartali.

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