Ercole Baldini

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Ercole Baldini
File:Ercole Baldini 1956.jpg
Baldini in 1956
Personal information
Full name Ercole Baldini
Born (1933-01-26) 26 January 1933 (age 86)
Villanova di Forlì, Italy
Team information
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1957–1958 Legnano
1959–1962 Ignis
1963 Cynar
1964 Salvarani
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
General Classification (1958)

One-day races and Classics

Road Race World Championships (1958)
Italian National Road Race Championship (1957, 1958)

Ercole Baldini (born 26 January 1933) is a retired Italian cyclist. As an amateur he won an Olympic gold medal in the road race and the world title in the individual pursuit on track, both in 1956.[1] Next year he turned professional, and in 1958 won the world title in the road race and the Giro d'Italia. He continued competing on track and won bronze medals in the individual pursuit at the world championships of 1960 and 1964.[2]


Baldini was born at Villanova di Forlì (Emilia-Romagna).[1] At 21 he set the hour record for amateurs, with 44.870 km, gaining the nickname of Forlì train. His best year was 1956, in which he won a gold medal in the road race at the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, and, in September, stripped Jacques Anquetil of the hour record, riding 46.394 km at the Velodromo Vigorelli in Milan.[1]

In 1957 he become professional and won six important races, including the Trofeo Baracchi alongside Fausto Coppi, and became Italian champion. In 1958 Baldini won the Giro d'Italia,[1] beating Charly Gaul on the latter's favourite terrain, climbing. He was again Italian champion and also won the World Cycling Championship.[2]

Baldini finished 6th in the 1959 Tour de France. His career ended in 1964 after surgery to a leg.[1]

Major victories

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline

Grand Tour 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Pink jersey Giro 3 1 17 41 WD 7 26 WD
Yellow jersey Tour - - 6 33 - 8 - WD
red jersey Vuelta - - - - - - - -

WD = Withdrew DSQ = Disqualified


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ercole Baldini.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ercole Baldini.
Preceded by
Jacques Anquetil
UCI hour record (46.394 km)
19 September 1956-18 September 1957
Succeeded by
Roger Rivière