Giovanni Battaglin

Giovanni Battaglin (born 22 July 1951) is an Italian professional road racing cyclist. The highlight of his career was his overall win in the 1981 Giro d'Italia. He also won the 1981 Vuelta a España.

Giovanni Battaglin
Personal information
Born (1951-07-22) 22 July 1951 (age 70)
Marostica, Italy
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1973–1977Jollj Ceramica
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (1979)
1 individual stage (1976)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1981)
4 individual stages (1975, 1980, 1981)
Vuelta a España
General classification (1981)
1 individual stage (1981)

Stage Races

Tour of the Basque Country (1979)

One-Day Races and Classics

Milano–Torino (1980)

Early yearsEdit

Battaglin was born in Marostica, province of Vicenza. Battaglin won the 1972 Amateur Giro d'Italia and turned professional the following year with the Jollj Ceramica team.

Professional careerEdit

Giovanni Battaglin founded a bike manufacture after his professional career, producing road bikes.

The 1973 Giro d'Italia that began in Verviers in Belgium and was Battaglin's debut in a grand tour. Battaglin immediately showed promise when he finished third on stage four ahead of Eddy Merckx and José Manuel Fuente. By halfway through the race, Battaglin was sitting in second place overall behind Merckx but lost that placing to Felice Gimondi. Still at the age of 21, the neo-pro astonished the cycling world by finishing third in the race.[1] Battaglin would wear the maglia rosa for five days in the 1975 Giro d'Italia as well as several stage wins and wins in smaller stage races. He also won the King of the Mountains jersey in the 1979 Tour de France, even after he received a penalty for testing positive for doping.[2] Battaglin finished third in the 1980 Giro d'Italia.

The following year on the tenth stage mountain time trial of the 1981 Vuelta a España which was on the long climb to Sierra Nevada, Battaglin won the stage and took over the leader's jersey. The only threat to Battaglin's lead was Pedro Muñoz.[3] Battaglin and his Inoxpran team withstood the challenge from the Spanish and brought Battaglin to his first grand tour victory.[4] Three days later after Battalin's triumph in Spain on 13 May 1981, he began the 1981 Giro d'Italia. On the 19th stage toward the end of the race, Battaglin won the stage to Mareo and took the maglia rosa from Silvano Contini. He withstood the final test – the final stage's individual time trial to win the race in Verona ahead of Tommy Prim. Battaglin was only the second rider after Eddy Merckx to win the Vuelta-Giro double. In the space of one and a half months, Battaglin won two of the grand tours.


Battaglin retired after the 1984 season. In 1982 Battaglin started a bicycle manufacturing business with the same name, which he runs from Marostica, Italy. In 2002 the company sponsored the Ceramiche Panaria Fiordo squad.[5][6][7]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
Giro d'Italia (amateurs)
Giro del Lazio
Giro dell'Appennino
2 stages in the Giro d'Italia
1 stage in the Volta a Catalunya
Giro di Puglia (con 1 vittoria di tappa)
Coppa Sabatini
1st Stage 2 Tour de France
Gran Premio di Montelupo
Coppa Bernocchi
3 stages in the Tour de Suisse
1st   Mountains classification Tour de France
1st   Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages &
Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1 stage in the Tour de Suisse
Coppa Agostoni
Coppa Placci
Trofeo Matteotti
Trofeo Pantalica
Col San Martino
1st Stage 18 Giro d'Italia
1st Milano–Torino
Coppa Placci
Zambana di Trento
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 19
1st   Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 10
Col San Martino

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
  Vuelta a España 1
  Giro d'Italia 3 6 18 DNF 46 DNF 3 1 DNF 50
  Tour de France DNF DNF 6 DNF DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Interview: Giovanni Battaglin". Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Battaglin positivo". El Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 July 1979. p. 32. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  3. ^ "1981 General Information". La Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Battaglin flies among the nest of eagles". Bellati Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  5. ^ Tim Maloney. "Interview: Giovanni Battaglin". CyclingNews. Retrieved 6 June 2012. Today, Battaglin runs his eponymous bike company in Marostica, Italy. (, sponsoring the Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo squad with Battaglin bikes
  6. ^ Cycling Plus (26 August 2009). "Battaglin Stealth review". BikeRadar. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  7. ^ Warren Rossiter (20 September 2011). "Battaglin C12 Plus review". BikeRadar. Retrieved 6 June 2012.

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