Roberto Visentini

Roberto Visentini (born 2 June 1957) is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist who won the White Jersey in the 1978 Giro, finished in the top 10 of the 1979, 1980 and 1981 Giro's, made the podium in 1983, wore the Maglia Rosa for nine days in 1985, three days in 1987 and won the 1986 Giro d'Italia. All total he was the victor in 7 Grand Tour stages.

Roberto Visentini
Personal information
Full nameRoberto Visentini
Born (1957-06-02) 2 June 1957 (age 63)
Gardone Riviera, Italy
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll Rounder
Professional teams
1978Vibor
1979CBM Fast
1980San Giacomo
1981–1982Sammontana
1983Inoxpran
1984–1988Carrera–Inoxpran
1989Malvor
1990Jolly Componibili
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General classification (1986)
5 stages
Vuelta a España
2 stages

Stage races

Tirreno–Adriatico
General classification (1983)

Visentini was born in Gardone Riviera, in the province of Brescia, and had a brilliant junior career. In 1975, he was both Junior Italian champion and World Champion. As an amateur he won the 1977 Italian time-trial Championship.

He debuted as professional in 1978. In 1980, he won two stages at the Vuelta a España and was ninth overall in the Giro d'Italia. In 1983 Visentini joined the Inoxpran team and was in contention for victory in the Giro with Giuseppe Saronni, but ended up on the podium 2nd place. Riding for the Carrera team in 1984, he won a stage in the 1984 Giro d'Italia, a stage in Tirreno–Adriatico and the prologue of the Giro del Trentino.[1] In the 1985 edition, he was in good position to win his first Giro being in the lead for 9 stages when he fell ill and was forced to retire, leaving the victory to Bernard Hinault.

In 1986 Giro he won by defeating racers such as Saronni and Francesco Moser by about 1:00 and 2:00 respectively, and also Greg LeMond who placed 4th. Visentini won stage 6 and took over the Pink Jersey on stage 16 which he would hold for the remainder of the race. In 1987 he played a part in one of the most controversial episodes of 1980s Italian cycle racing: Visentini, who was the racing for Carrera Jeans–Vagabond, took the pink jersey for the leader of the general classification from his teammate Stephen Roche after winning an individual time trial. Several days later in a mountain stage he was suddenly attacked by his teammate Roche, who had ignored the team's order not to attack. The Carrera team led the peloton in the chase after Roche until Visentini was left without any teammates. From there Visentini tried to chase him down on his own but finished several minutes behind the Irishman, who took back the pink jersey.[2] The significance of this is that when Visentini took the Pink Jersey from Roche on Stage 13 it was an individual time trial, which is a stage of each individual rider versus the clock with no assistance from anyone and the best rider who makes the fewest mistakes wins. When Roche took the jersey from Visentini a few days later he did so by launching an attack against his own teammate, instead of protecting the leader's jersey for the team. Several days later Visentini fell and chose to retire from the race.

Roche left the Carrera team, which kept Visentini, but he was never again able to compete at this elite level. He concluded his career in 1990 with 18 victories, including the 1981 Giro del Trentino and the 1983 Tirreno–Adriatico.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1975 (amateurs)
World Road Cycling Championships
1979
Circuit of Faenza
1980
2 stages in the Vuelta a España
1981
Giro del Trentino
1982
Trofeo Baracchi
1983
Tirreno–Adriatico
1 stage in the Giro d'Italia
Ruota d'Oro
1984
Giro del Trentino
1 stage in the Giro d'Italia
  • 1 stage in the Tirreno–Adriatico
1986
Giro d'Italia
  overall classification
6th stage
Milan-Vignola
Circuit of Florence
1987
2 stages in the Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
  Giro d'Italia 15 10 9 6 DNF 2 18 DNF 1 DNF 13 26
  Tour de France DNF 49 22
  Vuelta a España 15 DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roberto Visentini". cyclebase.nl. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Taking the triple an interview with Stephen Roche". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 6 September 2007.