Ercole Baldini

Ercole Baldini (born 26 January 1933) is a retired Italian cyclist. As an amateur he won an Olympic gold medal in the road race and the world title in the individual pursuit on track, both in 1956.[1] Next year he turned professional, and in 1958 won the world title in the road race and the Giro d'Italia. He continued competing on track and won bronze medals in the individual pursuit at the world championships of 1960 and 1964.[2]

Ercole Baldini
Ercole Baldini 1956.jpg
Baldini in 1956
Personal information
Full nameErcole Baldini
Born (1933-01-26) 26 January 1933 (age 87)
Villanova di Forlì, Italy
Team information
Professional teams
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1958)

One-day races and Classics

Road Race World Championships (1958)
Italian National Road Race Championship (1957, 1958)


Baldini was born at Villanova di Forlì (Emilia-Romagna).[1] At 21 he set the hour record for amateurs, with 44.870 km, gaining the nickname of Forlì train. His best year was 1956, in which he won a gold medal in the road race at the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, and, in September, stripped Jacques Anquetil of the hour record, riding 46.394 km at the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan.[1]

In 1957 he became professional and won six important races, including the Trofeo Baracchi alongside Fausto Coppi, and became Italian champion. In 1958 Baldini won the Giro d'Italia,[1] beating Charly Gaul on the latter's favourite terrain, climbing. He was again Italian champion and also won the World Cycling Championship.[2]

Baldini finished 6th in the 1959 Tour de France. His career ended in 1964 after surgery to a leg.[1]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
  Giro d'Italia 3 1 17 41 DNF 7 26 DNF
  Tour de France 6 33 8 DNF
  Vuelta a España
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ercole Baldini Archived 18 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Ercole Baldini.

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Preceded by
Jacques Anquetil
UCI hour record (46.394 km)
19 September 1956-18 September 1957
Succeeded by
Roger Rivière