Felice Gimondi, born on September 29, 1942, was another all-round rider in the mold of the great Italian Campionissimos.
Gimondi won all three of the Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro díItalia, Vuelta a Espana), the first and only Italian to do so, for a total of five overall victories in these races.
Gimondi is one of only three riders to win all of the top five races in cycling, those being the following: Tour de France, Giro díItalia, Vuelta a Espana (the three Grand Tours), the World Championship Road Race, and the Paris-Roubaix Classic (the most prestigious single-day classic).
The only other riders to do this were Eddy Merckx of Belgium and Bernard Hinault of France.
Gimondi also placed second and third in the World Championship Road Race. In addition, he won three out of the five cycling monuments, for a total of four victories in these races.
All in all Gimondiís career was that of a complete champion.
Gimondi won the 1965 Tour de France in front of Raymond Poulidor of France and Gianni Motta of Italy.
Gimondi was also 2nd in the 1972 Tour de France behind Eddy Merckx of Belgium.