Cycling legend Felice Gimondi dies in Italy at 76
Aug 17 2019 04:10 am CET

Cycling legend Felice Gimondi dies in Italy at 76
Cycling legend Felice Gimondi dies in Italy at 76
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Cycling legend Felice Gimondi has died in Italy at 76 from a heart attack. The rider was the first Italian to win all three Grand Tours.

Gimondi was in the comune of Giardini Naxos, Sicily, and suffered a heart attack while he was in the water. Lifeguards recovered him and the Coast Guard patrol was also at the location at that moment, but all the attempts to bring him back to life were unfruitful.

The Italian legend -who was nicknamed "The Phoenix"- was the second cyclist to win all three Grand Tours and the first Italian to do so. He claimed the victory in the 1965 Tour de France, in the 1967, 1969 and 1976 Giro d'Italia and in the Vuelta a España of 1968. His palmares also includes wins in stage races like the Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Romandie, as well as one-day competitions like the World Championships, Milano-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix, Il Lombardia and the Grand Prix des Nations.

"Felice was one of the greatest champions that was able to win all Grand Tours, a World Championship and important classics. Only he, and Eddy Merckx," said the president of the Italian Cycling Federation Renado Di Rocco. "Today leaves a personality with strong human talents, a tireless and competent manager, a friend. A great man who has marked an era, and Italian cycling mourns the disappearance of one of the symbols of its own history and it surrounds his family, his wife Tiziana, and his daughters Norma and Federica.

"I have arranged for all Italian nationals working in Italy and abroad to bear mourning and for one minute of silence to be observed in all the races scheduled to honour his memory."

CyclingPub extends its condolences to the family and friends of Gimondi, as well as to the entire cycling community in and out of Italy.