|Full name||Franco Bitossi|
|Nickname||Cuore matto (Crazy heart)|
1 September 1940 |
Camaioni di Carmignano, Italy
|Tour de France points classification (1968)
Giro di Lombardia (1967, 1970)
Bitossi cycled for three years as an amateur and became a professional in October 1961, after he had reached the required age of 21. As a professional cyclist, from 1961 until 1978, he won a total of 171 races.
In 1965 he won the Tour de Suisse and the Züri-Metzgete, which he won again in 1968. In 1967 he won the Tirreno–Adriatico, Giro di Lombardia and Coppa Agostoni, while the following year he became the first Italian to win the points classification in the Tour de France.
In 1970, he won the Italian championship.
Four years later, in 1978, he won the Italian Championship again.
The following is an excerpt from Bitossi's palmarès - list of races a rider has won:
- Giro di Lombardia
- Coppa Agostoni
- Tour de France:
- Franco Bitossi, the Grand Champion with the "Crazy Heart"
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