How to Wear a Cycling Cap: Felice Gimondi
With a champions' bouquet (is there any better way to wear one?)
Fifty years ago Felice Gimondi won the Tour de France. He was twenty-two years old, and the overall win was his first Grand Tour crown. He would go on to win the Giro d'Italia three times (1967, 1969, 1976), and the Vuelta a Espana once (1968), making him the second racer, after Jacques Anquetil, to win all three tours in his career.
Gimondi remains one of the most successful Italians all-rounders, having also claimed titles at Paris-Roubiax (1966), Milan-San Remo (1974), Giro di Lombardia (1966, 1973), Paris-Brussels (1966, 1976), Tour de Romanie (1969), the World Championships (1973), and was twice Italian National Road Race Champion (1968, 1972). He was also one of those rare breed of road racer who had some success on the track, having won the Milan Six Day in both 1972 and 1977.
Nicknamed the "Phoenix", Gimondi rode with two teams during his professional years - Salvarani, between 1965 and 1972, and Bianchi, from 1973 to 1979.