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Giuseppe Saronni (born 22 September 1957), also known as Beppe Saronni, is an Italian former racing cyclist. He had remarkable success riding in the Giro d'Italia. In 1980 he won 7 stages and finished 7th overall, in 1981 he won 3 stages and finished 3rd overall. In 1979 and 1983 he would win the Giro d'Italia and all total for his career win 24 stages in this race.

Giuseppe Saronni
Personal information
Full nameGiuseppe Saronni
Born (1957-09-22) 22 September 1957 (age 62)
Novara, Italy
Team information
Current teamUAE Team Emirates
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider (retired)
Team manager
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
1977–1979Scic
1980–1981Gis Gelati
1982–1988Del Tongo
1989Malvor–Sidi
1990Diana–Colnago–Animex
Managerial team(s)
1992–1996Lampre–Colnago
1997–1998Mapei–GB
1999–Lampre–Daikin
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1979, 1983)
Points classification (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983)
24 individual stages
Vuelta a España
6 Individual stages

Stage races

Tour de Suisse (1982)
Tour de Romandie (1979)
Tirreno–Adriatico (1978, 1982)

One-day races and Classics

World Road Race Championships (1982)
National Road Race Championships (1980)
Milan–San Remo (1983)
La Flèche Wallonne (1980)
Züri–Metzgete (1979)
Giro di Lombardia (1982)

CareerEdit

Born in Novara, Piedmont, Saronni turned professional in 1977. During his career, that lasted until 1989, he won 193 races. In Italy he gave birth to a famous rivalry with Francesco Moser, like those of Alfredo Binda with Learco Guerra, and Fausto Coppi with Gino Bartali. He competed in the team pursuit event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 1982 he won the World Cycling Championship at Goodwood, England, beating American Greg LeMond and Irishman Sean Kelly. His final sprint was so impressive that it gained him the nickname of La fucilata di Goodwood - "the gunshot of Goodwood".[2] The previous year he had won a silver medal, as he had been overcome in the final by Freddy Maertens of Belgium. In 1982 Saronni also won the Giro di Lombardia.

At the beginning of 1983 another a striking attack on the Poggio climb gave him the Milan–San Remo classic, after three consecutive second places in that race. This was Saronni's last great classics victory.

Saronni serves as the general manager of the UAE Team Emirates.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1977
1st Giro del Veneto
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1978
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2, 7 & 8
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Prologue
1st Coppa Agostoni
1st Giro di Puglia
1979
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 5, 8 & 19
1st   Overall Tour de Romandie
1st   Overall Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st Züri–Metzgete
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Francesco Moser)
1980
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1st Trittico Lombardo
1st Giro di Puglia
7th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st 1, 2, 3, 13, 17, 19 & 21
1981
Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 3, 5 & 6
1st Giro di Romagna
1st Trofeo Laigueglia
1st Coppa Bernocchi
1982
1st   Road race, UCI Road World Championships
1st   Overall Tour de Suisse
1st   Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
1st   Overall Giro del Trentino
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 2, 10 & 22
1st Giro di Lombardia
1st Milano–Torino
1st Coppa Agostoni
1983
1st   Overall Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st 4, 13 & 16 Stages
Vuelta a España
1st 9 & 10 Stages
1st Milan–San Remo
1984
Tour of Norway
1st Stages 3 & 5
1985
Giro d'Italia
1st Stages 3 & 16
1986
1st Trofeo Baracchi (with Lech Piasecki)
1988
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Giro di Puglia

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
  Giro d'Italia 5 1 7 3 6 1 16 15 2 DNF 27 75 45
  Tour de France DNF
  Vuelta a España DNF DNF DNF DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giuseppe Saronni Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ Ryan, Barry (12 October 2017). "Extract: The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the rise of Irish Cycling's Golden Generation". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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