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Francesco Moser (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːzer] or [moˈzɛr]; German pronunciation: [ˈmoːzɐ];[1]; born 19 June 1951 in Palù di Giovo, Trentino), nicknamed "Lo sceriffo" (The sheriff), is an Italian former professional road bicycle racer.

Francesco Moser
Francesco Moser (Amstel Gold Race 1978) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
NicknameChecco, "Lo Sceriffo"
Born (1951-06-19) 19 June 1951 (age 68)
Palù di Giovo, Italy
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb; 12 st 6 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad, track
RoleRider
Rider typeTime-Trialist
Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1973-1980Filotex
1981-1982Famcucine–Campagnolo
1983-1985Gis Gelati
1986–1988Supermercati Brianzoli
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (1975)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1984)
Points classification (1976, 1977, 1978, 1982)
23 individual stages

Stage races

Volta a Catalunya (1978)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1980, 1981)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (1977)
National Road Race Championships (1975, 1979, 1981)
Paris–Roubaix (1978, 1979, 1980)
Giro di Lombardia (1975, 1978)
Milan–San Remo (1984)
Paris–Tours (1974)
La Flèche Wallonne (1977)
Züri-Metzgete (1977)
Gent–Wevelgem (1979)

Moser was dominant from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s and won the 1984 Giro d'Italia, the 1977 world road racing championship and six times in three of the five monuments. He turned professional in 1973, showing a cultured pedaling style. But his powerful build meant he wasn’t a gifted climber. His 273 road victories puts him behind Eddy Merckx (525) and Rik Van Looy (379), but ahead of Rik Van Steenbergen (270) and Roger De Vlaeminck (255). He was also an accomplished track rider, riding up to six Six-Day races almost each winter throughout his career. He rode 35, 14 of which with René Pijnen, winning 15.

A nephew, Moreno Moser, (born 25 December 1990) is an Italian professional racer, and Francesco's son Ignazio Moser enjoyed success at the junior and amateur levels before retiring at the age of 22.[2]

PalmarèsEdit

Classic racesEdit

After finishing second in 1974 behind Roger De Vlaeminck and in 1976 behind Marc Demeyer of Belgium, Moser finally won Paris–Roubaix, his favorite race, three consecutive times. Moser had seven podium finishes in Paris–Roubaix; only De Vlaeminck, with nine, has more. In 1978, he beat De Vlaeminck and Jan Raas of the Netherlands; in 1979, he beat De Vlaeminck and Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands; and in 1980, he beat Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle of France and the German, Dietrich Thurau. Moser came in third in 1981 behind Bernard Hinault and Roger De Vlaeminck, and was also third in 1983 behind Hennie Kuiper and Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle. He rode Paris–Roubaix in his final season as a cyclist in 1987. Other victories include the 1975 and 1978 Giro di Lombardia and the 1984 Milan–San Remo.

Other classicsEdit

Moser won the 1974 Paris–Tours, the 1977 Züri-Metzgete, the 1979 Gent–Wevelgem, and the 1977 Flèche Wallonne.

Grand ToursEdit

Moser had some success in the three-week grand tours. He rode the Tour de France in 1975, and although he won two stages, led the race for seven days and won the young rider competition, he never rode the Tour again; the mountains did not suit him. However, he won the 1984 Giro d'Italia, in front of Laurent Fignon of France and Moreno Argentin of Italy. Taking advantage of an unusually flat course, Moser used time-trialing ability to overcome what others had gained in the mountains. He also won the points classification in the Giro d'Italia in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1982.

Other accomplishmentsEdit

He competed in the individual road race and team time trial events at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[3]

Moser won the 1977 world road racing championship in San Cristobal, Venezuela, in front of Thurau and Franco Bitossi. Moser was also silver medallist in 1976, behind Freddy Maertens of Belgium and second in 1978 to Gerrie Knetemann of the Netherlands.

On 19 January 1984, in Mexico City, Moser broke the 1972 hour record of Eddy Merckx. He rode 50.808 kilometers, on an aerodynamic bike with full disc wheels more advanced than the conventional bike Merckx used in 1972. As a result, in 1997 the Union Cycliste Internationale banned hour records set on bikes featuring technological advantages.[4] Under the new rules, Merckx's record wasn't broken until 2000. Moser auctioned his bicycle to benefit UNICEF.

RivalriesEdit

Moser's biggest rival was Giuseppe Saronni.

After retirementEdit

Moser started a bike company, Moser Cicli, constructing race bikes in a workshop in Trento. Production is 2,000-3,000 frames annually.

He was the first chairman of the CPA (Cyclistes Professionels Associés), a union for professional riders of TT/I and TT/II league of teams (now UCI WorldTeams and UCI Professional Continental Teams, respectively). He held the position from 1999 until 2007.

Moser also became a viticulturist, cultivating different varieties of grapes. He continued his father's winery with his children Francesca, Carlo and Ignazio on the family estate Maso Villa Warth in Val di Cembra, on the hills just north of Trento. He is also a passionate hunter and was the host of the television series "A Caccia con Moser" (Hunting with Moser) on Sky Italia's channel Caccia TV.

Major resultsEdit

1971
1st   Overall Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
1st Stages 1a & 6
1972
3rd Gran Premio della Liberazione
1973
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia
3rd Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
7th Trofeo Laigueglia
9th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
9th La Flèche Wallonne
1974
1st   Overall Cronostaffetta
1st Stage 1c (ITT)
1st Paris–Tours
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1st Giro del Piemonte
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1st Giro Di Toscana
1st Giro dell'Umbria
1st GP Forli
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Roy Schuiten)
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2nd Coppa Placci
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
2nd Trofeo Matteotti
2nd Grand Prix de Valence
3rd GP Montelupo
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
7th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
8th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
10th Paris–Brussels
1975
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Stages 3 & 4a
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
1st Coppa Placci
1st Giro dell'Umbria
1st GP Monaco
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Gianbattista Baronchelli)
2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Milan–San Remo
2nd Trofeo Pantalica
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
2nd Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
3rd Züri–Metzgete
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th Paris–Roubaix
7th Overall Tour de France
1st Prologue & Stage 7
Held   after Prologue–Stage 5
8th Gent–Wevelgem
1976
1st   Individual pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st   Overall Giro di Puglia
1st Stage 2
1st Giro dell'Appennino
1st Giro Di Toscana
1st Trofeo Pantalica
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Tre Valli Varesine
2nd   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Paris–Roubaix
2nd Tour of Flanders
2nd Coppa Bernocchi
2nd Coppa Placci
2nd Trofeo Baracchi (with Roy Schuiten)
3rd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
3rd Giro del Friuli
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 4, 7 (ITT) & 14
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Züri–Metzgete
7th Gent–Wevelgem
1977
1st   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Züri–Metzgete
1st Châteauroux Classic
1st Grand Prix Le Télégramme
1st Critérium des As
1st Coppa Agostoni
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Giro Di Toscana
1st Giro dell'Umbria
1st Stage 4 Tour de l'Aude
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
Held   after Stages 5–14
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Giro di Campania
4th Tour of Flanders
5th Milano–Torino
6th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
7th Amstel Gold Race
8th Tre Valli Varesine
1978
1st   Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Prologue, Stages 1, 3b and 7b (ITT)
1st   Overall Tour de l'Aude
1st Prologue & Stage 1
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Coppa Sabatini
1st Trofeo Matteotti
1st Stage 2 Giro di Sardegna
2nd Overall Giro di Puglia
2nd   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd Züri–Metzgete
2nd Gran Premio di Lugano
2nd Grand Prix des Nations
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 11b, 13, 14 (ITT) & 16 (ITT)
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
3rd Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
4th Rund um den Henninger Turm
6th Milan–San Remo
7th Tour of Flanders
9th Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Prologue & Stage 3
1979
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Ruota d'Oro
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st   Overall Tour de l'Aude
1st Prologue
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Giro dell'Emilia
1st Giro del Friuli
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Giro Gatteo a Mare
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Giuseppe Saronni)
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Prologue, Stages 3 (ITT) & 17
Held   after Prologue–Stage 7
Held   after Prologue, Stages 2–5, 15 & 17–18
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
2nd Grand Prix des Nations
2nd Züri–Metzgete
2nd GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
2nd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
2nd T.I. Raleigh Trophy
3rd Overall Deutschland Tour
3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
3rd Coppa Bernocchi
3rd Giro di Campania
4th Milan–San Remo
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue
5th Tre Valli Varesine
1980
1st   Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Prologue & Stage 1
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue
1st Paris–Roubaix
1st Nice–Alassio
Giro d'Italia
1st Prologue
Held   after Prologue–Stage 4
Held   after Prologue–Stage 1
1st Stage 1c Cronostaffetta
2nd Tour of Flanders
2nd Rund um den Henninger Turm
2nd Milano–Torino
2nd Trofeo Pantalica
3rd Overall Tour of Belgium
3rd Trofeo Laigueglia
6th Milan–San Remo
1981
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue
1st   Overall Giro di Frasassi
1st Stage 2
1st Coppa Ugo Agostoni
1st Giro dell'Umbria
1st Bertrange–Kirchberg
Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 14
Held   after Stage 1b & Stages 3–5
1st Stage 1 Cronostaffetta
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
2nd Overall Ruota d'Oro
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
2nd Giro della Romagna
2nd Grand Prix Le Télégramme
2nd Trofeo Baracchi (with Knut Knudsen)
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Coppa Bernocchi
3rd Giro di Toscana
3rd Giro di Campania
4th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1982
1st   Overall Route du Sud
1st Prologue
1st Giro di Toscana
1st Giro di Campania
1st Grand Prix Le Télégramme
2nd Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Stage 1
2nd Overall Giro del Trentino
2nd Overall Giro di Frasassi
2nd Coppa Ugo Agostoni
2nd Visp–Grachen
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Milan–San Remo
6th Overall Giro di Sardegna
7th Milano–Torino
8th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 7 & 20
Held   after Stages 7–11
10th Paris–Roubaix
1983
1st   Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Prologue
1st   Overall Tour of Norway
1st Stage 1
1st   Overall Giro di Frasassi
1st Milano–Torino
1st Milano–Vignola
1st Giro del Friuli
1st Giro di Campania
1st Trofeo Pantalica
1st Giro dell'Umbria
1st Col San Martino
2nd Giro del Lazio
3rd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
3rd Paris–Roubaix
3rd Giro del Piemonte
3rd Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
5th Giro di Lombardia
10th Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
1984
1st   Individual pursuit, National Track Championships
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Giro del Lazio
1st Giro dell'Etna
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Bernard Hinault)
1st Memorial Gastone Nencini
2nd Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
6th Grand Prix Le Télégramme
10th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Prologue & Stage 11
Held   after Prologue–Stage 5
1985
1st Giro dell'Etna
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Hans-Henrik Ørsted)
1st Stage 1 Ruota d'Oro
2nd Overall Giro d'Italia
2nd Giro del Friuli
2nd Noto Chrono
5th Overall Giro del Trentino
5th Giro dell'Emilia
8th Visp–Grachen
1986
1st Giro dell'Etna
2nd Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue & Stage 6 (ITT)
2nd Giro dell'Appennino
2nd Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 18 (ITT)
3rd Trofeo Pantalica
4th Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
1st Stage 4
6th Tre Valli Varesine
7th Amstel Gold Race
8th Paris–Roubaix
9th Rund um den Henninger Turm
1987
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Prologue
4th Overall Giro del Trentino
1st Prologue
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
  Vuelta a España 10
  Giro d'Italia 15 7 4 2 3 2 DNF 21 8 DNF 1 2 3
  Tour de France 7

Classics results timelineEdit

Monuments results timeline
Monument 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Milan–San Remo 30 12 2 9 35 6 4 6 39 4 11 1 31
Tour of Flanders 25 2 4 7 11 2 32 23
Paris–Roubaix 2 5 2 13 1 1 1 3 10 3 12
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 3
Giro di Lombardia 7 1 6 13 1 14 18 3 5
Championships results timeline
Championship 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
  Italian Championships 1 2 3 2 1 1
  World Championships 7 11 2 1 2 26 26
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Italian) Dizionario d'ortografia e di pronunzia
  2. ^ "Ignazio Moser retires at 22". cyclingnews.com. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Francesco Moser Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  4. ^ Clemitson, Suze (19 September 2014). "Why Jens Voigt and a new group of cyclists want to break the Hour record". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014.

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