Giovanni Gerbi (20 May 1885 – 6 May 1955) was an Italian road racing cyclist.[1]

Giovanni Gerbi
Personal information
Full nameGiovanni Gerbi
NicknameThe Red Devil
Born(1885-05-20)20 May 1885
Trincere, Italy
Died6 May 1955(1955-05-06) (aged 69)
Asti, Italy
Team information
Major wins

He was nicknamed the "red devil", due to his red jersey and his "never-say-die" attitude.

In 1905, he won the first Giro di Lombardia. In 1911, he finished third in the Giro d'Italia. He held the world "6 hours" record in 1913 with 208.161 km. Between 1921 and 1925, he did not race. He began racing again in 1926. Failing to get a single result, he retired from racing. In 1932, he took part in the Italian Championships for veterans, which he won. He repeated this performance in 1933.[1]

Gerbi died in Asti in 1955. In 1982, Paolo Conte dedicated a song on his album "Appunti di viaggio" to him: "Diavolo rosso dimentica la strada, vieni qui con noi a bere un'aranciata, contro luce tutto il tempo se ne va..."

References edit

  1. ^ a b Giovanni Gerbi at Cycling Archives