Vittorio Adorni was born on November 14, 1937.
Adorni won the Giro d'Italia, the World Championship Road Race and was a mentor to Eddy Merckx.
The Italian rider won the 1965 Giro d'Italia in front fellow Italians Italo Zilioli and Felice Gimondi.
Adorni was also 2nd in the 1963 Giro d'Italia behind Franco Balmanion of Italy.
In 1968, Adorni taught Eddy Merckx of Belgium how to properly eat and rest during a Grand Tour.
Merckx used this knowledge to not only win his first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia, but also the Mountains and Points jerseys as well, the first time ever this was done in a Grand Tour.
Adorni finished 2nd to Merckx in that race.
Adorni won the 1968 World Championship Road Race in front of Herman Van Springel of Belgium and Michele Dancelli of Italy.
Adorni was also 2nd in 1964 World Championship Road Race behind Jan Janssen of Holland.